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Awakened (Many Lives Series Book 1) by [Hariharan, Laxmi]
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Editorial Reviews


Finalist, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Bronze winner, 2015 Readers Favorite
Finalist, Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist, 9th IAN Book of the Year Awards 
"Laxmi's writing grabs you from the very first page and never lets go." Rebecca Hamilton, USA Today bestselling author
"Laxmi Hariharan can write! Great detail and high emotions." - Dii, Amazon Top 500 reviewer
"... presents so much more than a singular, easy path." -  Midwest Book Reviews
"I absolutely love the beautifully evocative descriptions... One hell of a read." - Readers' Favorite
"... a white-knuckle ride through a disintegratingBombay." - Fran Pickering, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winning author.
 "... forges new paths in its setting and context."- Charmaine Savage, Reviewer, NetGalley
"The author does an excellent job of portrayingthecity-as-a-mother, leaving the hero(ine) to grapple with the dilemma of choice." - Jormund Elver

From the Author

Answers to frequently asked questions about the MANYLIVES FUTUREVERSE
1. Why should I read the RUBY IYER DIARIES?
This 10,000 words novelette is an easy, low commitmentway for you to decide if you want to invest more time in reading the series.
2. What is the MANY LIVES universe?
The MANY LIVES universe begins with the story of Ruby Iyer and Vikram Roy in Bombay 2014-15. It extends to their progeny, with stories set in Bombay & London 2035 and Bombay & London 2060.
3. What connects all the books in the series?
Ruby Iyer's story is connected to that of Catherine ofBraganza, the Portuguese princess in whose dowry Charles II received the seveni slands of Bombay. Catherine's sword has the power to control nature if and only if it is used by her direct illegitimate bloodline, for there is no record of her having had children.  As each generation after Ruby comes of age, turns eighteen and inherits the sword,their story is triggered.
4. Is it Mumbai or Bombay?
I grew up in Bombay, and the MANY LIVES universe too is set in Bombay.

5. What is the suggested order of reading the Many Lives series
Each is a standalone novel, however you can also read the books in this order.
  • Origins
  • Awakened
  • Chosen
  • Claimed (to be released)
  • Shoot The Moon (to be published by Juggernaut books)
Out now
  • UnTamed: The Story of Wolfgirl Leana Iyeroy. Part of the UnCommon Bodies Anthology
  • Feral
  • Exhale - Part of the UnCommon Origins Anthology

Product Details

  • File Size: 6191 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NB3CP9C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Beth Jones VINE VOICE on April 21, 2015
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Definitely as gritty as The Ruby Iyer Diaries. A bit more sarcasm and snark, but in that grown up - life is a bitch kind of way. The intensity remains and I recommend reading The Ruby Iyer Diaries before jumping into the action, complicated plot lines of The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer only because the way Laxmi builds Ruby in DIARIES shows the inner strength that bubbles until it finally spills out and gives Ruby the necessary push to move on and become her own person is the driving force of her characterization in MANY LIVES.

Such a good perspective on how females navigate a world aimed at pushing them back into themselves and forgetting that we are too human and have as much fighting spirit as the next person. Just because we've been boxed and labeled; does not mean that our story fits those confinements.
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The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer is one of those books that had me dangling, unable to decide how to aptly judge it. This one was a mix bag where somethings had me sitting up and taking notice while some had me persevering to continue.

First off, I loved the cover and the fact that this was a Dystopian thriller with our own Bombay featuring in it. Now Dystopia is a fairly new genre for me and so I was excited to read a story set so close to home. Next, the blurb attracted me and finally with these factors combined, I knew I had to take up this book to read.

The initial chapters in the book are very slow and the protagonist, Ruby didn't endear herself to me here. She sounded like a person I would never like to be friends with. But then after a few chapters, the story starts developing and we get a new picture of Ruby. She is sassy, strong, independent sometimes foul mouthed, loves drinking tea and is fiercely loyal to her friends which she proves when she races against time to save her friend!

The author's writing style is shiny and glossed and she shows that she has the talent of writing. Despite her great talent and engaging way of taking the story forward, at some places I felt as if she had overdone it all. The overzealous description and narration had me stopping multiple times and then re-reading to understand things again and again making this the book I took a long time to finish because several times I re-read the previous part because I felt as if I had missed something.

I wanted to know more about several things like more about Pankaj, more about Ruby's back story, more about why certain things were how they were (I don't want to give any spoilers here. You will understand what I am talking about when you read the book!
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AWAKENED is the first full length I've read by this Author. I became a fan when reading a shorter work, so I was not surprised to find that Laxmi Hariharan is truly a gifted writer! I was drawn in immediately into the story, and became quickly invested in the character of Ruby with her inner battle to conquer the fears and negativity that rises in seeing what has happened to her city. Plus her attempts of overcoming the rejection from her parent, all bundled into a resolution and strength to succeed on her own!

The story is set in the fascinating dystopian world of Bombay, the description, which I had a taste of in a previous work of Ms. Hariharan's was simply incredible! The detailing of the crumbling city that still showed the sparkle of its former glory of glamour was lush and so keen, I felt as if I could see, taste, smell what Ruby could see, taste and smell!

The story follows Ruby after healing from an incident searching for her best friend Pankaj who is kidnapped. Ruby is assisted by the very handsome Vikram who ignites feelings within Ruby that surprises her. They both race against time as an evil posed by Dr. Braganza is revealed and from there the story amps up three-fold, as they seek to stop the Dr. and save both Pankaj and her city!

Well written, lush descriptions and fast paced flowing plot, The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer brings a fresh voice to the dystopian genre!
I fully recommend to those who enjoy action and adventure with a touch of suspense!

Appropriate for all ages, I look forward to reading the next! I count this as a must read!
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I picked up this book for two reasons... First being that this is a YA Thriller in Mumbai. Secondly, I have already read the author’s debut novel, The Destiny of Shaitan, and I had thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, as the name suggests, follows the life of a tea drinking, very independent and sometimes immature Ruby Iyer. She is determined to make her life on her own in the fast paced and overcrowded city. When her best friend gets kidnapped, Ruby has only Vikram to depend upon to see her through the challenges and threats posed by Dr. Kamini Braganza. But is Ruby ready for what’s to come her way and will her bond with Pankaj and Vikram stand the test of time?

Ruby Iyer is ‘The Girl’ now. She is smart, sassy and stubborn. She is not your run-of-the-mill runaway teenager. I loved her for all her flaws and strengths. It was a real refreshing change to read about this ‘bindaas’ girl whose strength of character and very strong sense of right and wrong will have the reader cheering for her in no time. Pankaj, Vikram and even Braganza bring a variety of flavor to the novel. All the characters are very well developed and vibrant.

Mumbai, the tinsel town of India, promises glamour, success and money to anyone who is interested. Laxmi Hariharan breaks down that charm and shows us the real face of the city. From breathtaking scenery to the crowded streets to the polluted air to the poverty stricken slums to the elite strata of the society – the author has covered it all. The detailed description of the setting transports you immediately to this world of Ruby Iyer.

Fast paced and full of twists and turns, this novel is a complete page turner that keeps you hooked till the very end.
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