WRITING STYLE: 4/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5
As depicted by the cover picture with a steel door that opens into a vault-like dimly lit passage, Vyom is the sky of success.
Covering over 24 chapters and 248 pages, Vyom and the Royal Weapon is a fascinating tale about a global organisation that promotes international cooperation and strives to establish world peace.
The novel opens with Chancellor Jaywardhan Rathore declaiming about a memorable day at Vyom Hall of Vyom Institute – “We will die protecting our world, our country and our people and endeavouring a true victory. Victory of peace over war, of truth over falsehood, of trust over treachery, of hope over despair, of courage over cowardice and of unity over every weakness raising hindrances to a better future.”
This mettle grit and perseverant tenacity happen to be the crux of Vyom and the Royal Weapon.
Written in a simple yet lucid style, the story flows in a systematic manner as does its pace. The pace is moderate with a lot happening in each succeeding paragraph.
The language is crisp with a refined vocabulary that finds the use of appropriate words and adjectives. This enhances the descriptive quality of the work that has elaborate passages on the bhavans or multi-storey buildings, the parikramas and the sanrachana. The entire campus of the institution is well detailed that adds to the visuals of the model institute.
Apart from the interesting descriptions are properly constructed dialogues. The dialogues are mostly sets of exchanges that appear at crucial instances of the narrative and are relayed by two or more characters. Most dialogues are short and highlight the significant changes that are to come in the story or the important details that the reader needs to keep in mind.
The narrative is easy to follow and despite the multiple climaxes, twists and turns of the plot, the narrative does not lose its charm or get fragmented.
The plot of Vyom and the Royal Weapon focuses on one of the parts of Vyom institute that primarily works for national security. It also provides its students with the skills, knowledge and training to fulfil their responsibilities towards the country.
Most of the incidents in the plot are highly imaginary. These series of well-imagined events add to the entertainment quotient of the narrative. One such is the ride that is taken in the submarine of the institute – Mandakini.
Vyom also has its own set of rules, laws and examinations that the students frequently discuss. The world of Vyom can be imagined as akin to Harry Potter but in a more Shaktiman like setting.
However, these are not people with supernatural powers or superhumans who have conquered the ordinary human world. Rather, they are a much scientifically advanced group of individuals that have built powerful weapons, machines and hence, a whole new world.
This world also comes with its own set of rights and duties that one must abide by to remain a part of it.
A major twist in the plot occurs when Vikrant Kapoor, an ex-member, desperately searches for the Royal Weapon that had been hidden in the past. Added to this is the unnotified attack on Mandakini.
The plot soon turns highly tumultuous and adventurous. Internal rivalries emerge as one of the members of Vyom institute ends up being friends with the enemy. Chancellor Rathore is in for some surprises as he finds the team in trouble.
But what exactly is this royal weapon? In order to discover the royal weapon, five students from the Institute namely Prithviraj Malhotra, Kanak Singhania, Samrat Chopra, Kabeer Khan and Aavishkar Arora set out to travel through time in order to reach before their rival Vikrant Kapoor.
The plot gets extremely interesting at this point as the meeting takes up unthinkable proportions. Several imaginary and scary situations are braved by the team until they finally reach the Royal Weapon’s Haven, Ananyaakashganga.
Vyom and the Royal Weapon is an unputdownable and exciting read about fierce combats resting on Indian tradition and myth that can be read from cover to cover.
The book thoroughly exploits Indian mythic pasts to create a whole world out of imaginary dispositions. It may be looked upon as an Indian version of Star Trek though such sci-fi plots are fewer in number in the Indian context.
It is also deeply rooted with a patriotic zeal that increases the fervour of the plot. It is a great read especially for young adults who enjoy make-believe worlds and are die-hard sci-fi fans.
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