Writing Style: 4/5
The Newtonian Prophecy by Aditya Ram is a tribute to Newton. It touches the realms of historical fiction, crime thrillers, conspiracy stories, and puzzle pieces. A debut Novel of MBA alumnus from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune, the book delves into the life of Sir Issac Newton and Mr. John Raymond, a renowned mathematician of Newtonian Research Academy, and his journey to decode symbols that will solve the crime happening around.
But what is the puzzle? Who created it? Who has the answers? Who are the terrorists committing the crime? Read the book to find out all. If you love History, Physics, and Thrillers, This is a perfect read for your weekend. Don’t waste the opportunity and read it now.
One of the things that stood out to me the most was the amount of research done to write the novel. As you end the novel, the bibliography runs for approximately nine pages. That kind of dedication is not just visible in the bibliography but also in the care taken in the minor intricacies of the plot.
The author’s habit of writing about every scene in great detail is also something that readers and want to be writers must observe. He doesn’t end up making you feel dumb if you don’t know something [Trust me! There is going to be a lot] rather he explains everything in great detail making sure that the common reader understands what he is trying to say.
This is a must quality for someone who wants to make it big as a writer. Aditya Ram doesn’t leave you hanging in the middle, he takes your hand and gently guides you through the rough and rocky portions of the rollercoaster and then leaves you to smoothly enjoy the flow with which his story gushes out.
The language used in the book deserves special mention because usually the kind of language that is seen in self published books or in the books by indian authors, even those who have gone commercial for that matter, is not very good. Aditya Ram’s The Newtonian Prophecy stands out specifically in this matter. The language is simple without being cheap or unpolished. But it is not too simple that the reader feels it loose or lazy.
Another major win of the book lies in its characterization. The amount of breathing space the author has given to his characters given his young age and experience in the writing field seems outstanding. The characters of The Newtonian Prophecy don’t bleed all over each other nor do they suffocate or fight for space. They are just perfect. Making their own space and impression in the mind of the reader. It seems that the writer likes to take it slow. Take his time in building the characters and leave scope for character development.
The switch between the characters is amazing. The way Aditya Ram keeps giving you details but not enough for you to figure out what is going on and tying them so beautifully, in the end, is the utmost joy one can get out of reading. Not to forget the fact that he keeps switching between past and present. You read the book but yet you are left amazed by how the writer has managed to run two timelines simultaneously.
It is a matter of joy and jealousy as the reader realizes the sheer brilliance of the writer’s hold on the fluency of the story. Dabbling between two timelines is a very tricky affair and not all writers get it right. The fact that Aditya Ram did that makes one want to keep their eyes and ears open for the next books to come from the Author.
Another thing that must not go unspoken is the choice of the subject. The subject and the genre chosen for the novel is unique especially in the context of Indian reading and Publishing scenario. Taking the risk to write on such a subject is indeed compliment worthy.
The Newtonian Prophecy is one of the very few novels that took me almost a month to read. I had finished War and Peace sooner but here’s the catch. Aditya Ram is good. In fact, he is so good that even someone like me who hates maths and sciences and has an artistic bent of mind could not leave the book in between even though I was not held at any gunpoint to finish the book.
Once you start, you genuinely want to finish the book. You just cannot put it down even if it defies all the usual categories of genres that you read. It is lengthy and heavy but if you are even slightly bent towards the subject, it will be unputdownable and you might end up finishing it in two to three sittings.
The challenge for Ram is to A] create a kind of niche audience for the type of subjects he wishes to write on and B] to include readers like me who pretty much read everything but do not read thrillers into his reading Audience.
But, given the brilliance shown by the writer in his first published work, I am very sure, He will find a way.
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