Genre: Fiction, fantasy
Number of pages: 356
Published on: 11 August, 2017
Published by: HarpercollinsIndia
2050, New York. In the aftermath of a gruelling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani-American student, enters into an alliance with spiritual beings who send him on a perilous journey of self-discovery. A non-believer, Ismael must return to Pakistan, now in the grip of a brutal fundamentalist government, and gain the trust of his estranged father, a prominent extremist in the Caliphate. To accomplish this, he must pose as a true believer. Will he survive long enough to infiltrate his father’s inner sanctum and complete his mission? Hell! No Saints in Paradise is both biting satire and allegory that takes urban fantasy to dizzying heights.
So, this is book is one of those stories which had the capability to be a heart-wrenching or life-changing tales. Guess what? Something went miserably wrong which totally spoiled the purpose of the book.
I must admit that the book wasn’t terrible right from the beginning. Actually, it started at a very high note, amazing writing, great descriptions and a lot of hope. But the positive part of the book was extremely short-lived. After I’d been through 1/10th of the book, I was like, “I’m gonna love this book”. Well, you must have known by now that this case was far from being.
I admit, difference in culture must have resulted in my lack of understanding of some of the concepts. But trust me, even if I ignore my lack of understanding of these concepts, this book was pretty confusing. So much so, that the story was not progressing anywhere at all.
After reading hundred or so pages of the book, I felt like there is no story at all. I was just reading the book without caring what exactly is happening. I even did not care what is happening to the protagonist. There were chaos, there was weirdness; but the same could be explained in a sane manner and that could’ve made so much more sense!
The only power this book has is that of the writing style. I must admit that it is impeccable. I mean, I imagine what great book the author can write if the story were strong and characters moderately interesting.
I’d hardly recommend this book to my fellow readers. But those, who are ready to be extremely patient and open to peculiarities may try it out!
My rating: 2/5 ⭐
*I thank writersmelon for providing me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.”