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Product Details

  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Reprint edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781161194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781161197
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"This book is as highly satisfying as its sequel is eagerly anticipated." - MuggleNet

"The characters are brilliantly written... With a globe-trotting sensibility even James Bond would be proud of, the cinematic action sequences are as breath-taking as anything Hollywood has to offer, so the campaign for a big-screen version, or failing that, at least a sequel to the book begins here!" - IGN

"It is somewhat self-referential, inventive and very clever. But most of all, it is fun. If you have ever picked up a comic book and enjoyed it, then this is a must-buy." - Starburst

“Solid writing, great character development, humor, personal loss, and excellent points to ponder in every chapter.” – Wired’s Geek Dad

"Turbulence delivers exactly what it intends: an entertaining, well-written read. In the genre’s history it will be seen as an important work, a reflection of the subcontinent’s growing self-confidence. Indians have had the pleasure of enjoying his work for about a decade now, and it is wonderful that Titan Books has decided to make it available outside the subcontinent." – SF World Review

"The action is fast and full of iconic fight scenes that feel straight out of a comic book...The humour and cultural references are fun and spot on." – Geek Syndicate

“It’s funny, smart, touching at times and horrifying at others, highly suspenseful, and it definitely speaks to the universality of human nature.” – Popcorn Reads 

“A worthy novel in its own right.” – Bad Haven

“Basu carries off an exciting, entertaining story that has some new things to offer.”
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“A strong contender for novel of the year, Samit Basu’s Turbulence races along at
lightspeed and leaves you breathlessly demanding more.” – One Metal 
“I would highly recommend this book for comic book fans, obviously. But if you also liked shows like Heroes (well, at least the first season) or Alphas, you’re going to love this book. Turbulence covers it all: action, romance, politics and moral dilemmas. And it will definitely leave you wanting more.” – Fangirl Confessions 

“Samit Basu does characterization incredibly well, bonding the reader with the characters as quickly as a television show.” – Fanboy Nation 

“Perfect sibling to Misfits, another great take on the superheroes genre.”

“Turbulence is the best book I’ve read this summer.” – Geek Hard    

“For any superhero fan, Turbulence is a must-read. It’s got everything you’d ask for out of a comic book, packed into a clever, action-packed novel. It’s got a modern edge that puts it in it’s own category of awesome.” – Nerdophiles 

“Turbulence is highly recommended. Bring on the sequel, Mr. Basu!” – Nerds In Babeland 

“The novel races toward a climactic Battle Royale, Transformer-style mega-romp. It’s super terrific. The author has already written a sequel (called Resistance) and we couldn’t be happier. To paraphrase Alan Moore: “Superman exists, and he’s not American.” Long live the Justice League of India!” – Superhero Novels 

'Basu did a wonderful job of strategically just the right amount of pop culture references in the just the right places and in the right quantities." - Nerd Trek


About the Author

Samit Basu is one of India's most talented and prolific young writers with an existing and impressive profile in comics culture, science fiction and fantasy.

More About the Author

Samit Basu is a writer of books, films and comics. His first novel, The Simoqin Prophecies, published by Penguin India in 2003, when Samit was 23, was the first book in the bestselling Gameworld Trilogy and marked the beginning of Indian English fantasy writing. The other books in the trilogy are The Manticore's Secret and The Unwaba Revelations. Samit's other novels include a YA novel, Terror on the Titanic, and a superhero novel, Turbulence.

Turbulence was published in the UK and US to rave reviews. It won Wired's Goldenbot Award as one of the books of 2012.

Basu's work in comics ranges from historical romance to zombie comedy, and includes diverse collaborators, from X-Men/Felix Castor writer Mike Carey to Terry Gilliam and Duran Duran. His next GN, Local Monsters, is to be published in 2013.

Samit was born in Calcutta, educated in Calcutta and London, and currently divides his time between Delhi and Mumbai. He can be found on Twitter, @samitbasu, and at samitbasu.com

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kausik Datta on July 20, 2012
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It is difficult to review this book without letting out spoilers. It is, as I said, unputdownable. Basu writes with élan, making an unlikely story believable; suffused with wit and charm, the story takes the reader through an incredible and breathless, edge-of-the-seat journey. The whole narrative is so well illustrated with words, that the reader simply has to close one's eyes in between and the story appears in glorious three-dimensional detail onto two dimensions, like a graphic novel/comic book. C'est brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Burks on August 6, 2013
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When I first received a copy of Samit Basu's Turbulence, I wasn't entirely sure what the book was about. The cover is deceptively simple and has just one quote that really tells me nothing about the story. However, as I usually don't ask for review copies of books I don't think I'll enjoy, I trusted my initial instincts and started to read. I'm glad I did. This book is everything that I love about my geeky little world that includes comic books and superheroes (seriously, I'm working on a Wonder Woman costume for cosplay).

Turbulence begins with a man named Vir, who just happens to be flying over Pakistan. Some forces have convinced him that he needs to destroy a base there, in order to help India and its government. Fortunately, Vir realizes that what he's been told is wrong and ends up meeting other superheroes, who all woke up after a flight from London to Delhi with superpowers.

I will admit that the first chapter of Turbulence didn't grab me. For some reason, it felt odd reading a novel about something that felt very comic book-like. However, the other characters in the book, particularly Uzma and Aman, grabbed me with their stories and pulled me in. By the time I had finished the second chapter, I could not put this story down. What makes these superhumans so interesting is that their powers don't really feel that super. They end up with whatever they had desired most while on that plane. For Vir, he wanted to be a super soldier. But for Aman, he just wanted to be a walking internet. Uzma? She just wanted to be liked enough to make it as an actress in Bollywood. These characters get exactly what they want, and although they are not traditional superheroes, they want to make the world a better place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Perry on September 12, 2013
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I enjoyed the first part of this novel quite a bit. I like the writing style and the characters and premise are interestingly developed. It's reminiscent of "Heroes" or other treatments in which the basic question of "what if super-heroes really appeared on the scene" is addressed. This one has the interesting notion of a team of B-list heroes with somewhat less stellar powers being cast against more conventionally-super-powered villains. This was well set up and could have been wrapped up nicely in the scope of a novel.

However, once all the characters were on stage and the basic concepts established, it veered more into comic-book territory, with elements seemingly introduced to establish more parity between powers for set battles. Then as we got into the climactic confrontation of the book, it took on the quality of a first-person narration of what seemed like a blow-by-blow and shot-by-shot screenplay of a very Hollywood-blockbuster (over)treatment. This book ties up the nominal events in a rather pat way without really resolving the basic underlying questions and obviously setting up for a line of sequels (if not comic and movie spin-offs).
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By bigjsl on September 16, 2014
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This story brings together many interesting threads to tell the super hero story from a new perspective.
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