I think during lockdown I saw a post of Himanshu on my timeline mentioning his upcoming book. As Himanshu has published 2-3 books in the romance genre, I presumed it to be a romcom. Later on, I saw an interesting cover reveal post and the title. I was sure that the book would not be a romcom. I kept his handle under notification and then came full cover and the blurb. A sci-fi book for middle grades and above with theme of Telecom Fantasy, a proposition which was unheard of not only in Indian literature but in other geographies as well. I was a bit skeptical initially as previous sci-fi I read by Indian authors were lacking the spark that foreign authors offer. Almost after a month of the release when I was satisfied by reviews from reliable sources I decided to go for the book.
So in brief my reasons for book selection
1) Novel genre
2) Attractive cover art
4) Reviews from reliable sources
Coming to the story, our protagonist is Rythem in the human world and the same person with the name Roger in Electon. Rythem was living in the human world known to the fact that he belonged to a secret world Electon. When he reached the age of 25 he went to Electon and found out that he was the son of Queen Anagol. He was informed that he was the future king of V-slots and Noise & D-slots were their enemies. On the very next day of his arrival, he was included in an assignment that took him to a rollercoaster ride with his teammates. He also explored various technologies and tools used in Electon. I hope I haven't share any spoilers. Read the book to know more.
I can give 8 reasons why middle-graders and sci-fi lover will adore "Rhythm Roger - The Secrets of Electon"
1) Out-of-box conceptualization
2) Good linking with physics, physicists & fantasy
3) Characters built around physics concept used in communication & digital world
4) You will find the time-traveling, multiple timelines and what not
5) Three groups to get you engaged and think who is right and who is wrong
6) Easy language usage ideal for kids
7) Age-appropriate content
8) The artwork was given throughout the book, showing places and characters. It helps the reader to visualize clearly.
There are a few points I found confusing related to time travel, but that's not the author's problem. I always find it difficult to digest why one cannot go back to a time (if one can actually time travel) and change things until he is satisfied with end results. I think the book is good enough to have fans & cult following. If marketed and placed well book is capable to capture large readership. I will congratulate and wish luck to Himanshu for bigger success for the book.
Overall I will give 4.5 out 5 to this good book.
Book links Goodreads and Amazon