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Nevertheless, the book is not just about time travel. It opens a door to one of the possible futures. Everything is so different there that Qin, the main character, who just woke up after more than twenty years, couldn’t bear the new world. Still he has to find a piece with this world, and also to solve his own puzzle.
This book is for those who enjoy diving into author’s fantasy in details, step by step; for those readers, who are smart and are not afraid of complex long sentences
Also the story is very logical, starting from the very beginning, from the four hypothesizes, one of which is about time travel. I really enjoyed the mathematical approach of the author.
The book forces to think beyond and above, that’s why I would call the book a hard science fiction piece.
I love mysteries that are challenging and thought provoking. They are increasingly rare in this age of gratuitous violence, graphic sex, and spoon-fed spectacular adventure with super-heroes. In Malay Upadhyay’s science fiction suspenseful mystery, Kalki Evian, The Ring of Khaoiphea, we have a constant sense of mystery that is demanding of total attention until the very end where all becomes clear…sort of. It is a tough and demanding odyssey that totally involves you in trying to advance to the next level, but well worth the effort. It constantly makes you think. If you blink your eyes, you will need to go back and search for the clue you missed in this tantalizingly complicated view of the future.
Even after returning to the first chapters after completing this challenging puzzler, necessary to fully comprehend the haunting and almost poetic narrative, the truth is that the subjects this book deals with can never become perfectly clear, and that is the essence of this wonderfully cryptic exploration of a future we all anticipate, but also fear. The real question is should we fear this future we are constantly in the process of creating, but that also may be shaping us? That is the mystery that underlies this fascinating view of intertwined lives, and death, in a world of unlimited possibilities, where one man, or woman, may be a benevolent genius, saving countless lives, providing hope, or a megalomaniac manipulator caring nothing for the consequences of his human experimentation, and totally unable to experience conscience, and of course, love.
Do you dare to venture into the future and see what the logical extension of our obsession with technology may evolve into? Malay takes us on that journey with the story of two people whose lives may never touch, but whose progression, and deaths, are essential elements in the evolution of the mysterious genius who shapes their development, but is also shaped by them. A paradox that is explained by the beginning hypotheses of the book: 1. That all choices have unique consequences and 2) that time travel could be possible in the future. Time travel has been touched upon before, but there is a uniqueness to the narrative style that haunts me even now. In exploring the consequences of saving a man who would have died in a train crash, and a woman whose husband inexplicably becomes an abuser, the author provides highly personal insights into every aspect of what he believes the future of the Earth will be. Nothing is untouched: communications, computers, politics, time travel, medicine, privacy, sports, war, and even love, are all examined within this puzzling unfolding of what may be, or may not be, a love story. It is all one big puzzle that is made more memorable by the powerful images and masterful descriptions the author provides. What will happen to love in the future as indicated by our current trends and activities? Is man the master of his fate or a pawn in some corporate or governmental scheme?
It is rare a book, that is essentially a science fiction mystery, touches me, and compels me to read it again, but I did read this book twice because it was so strangely powerful. If you are looking for simple pleasures, and glossy adventure, this book isn’t for you. It’s complexities, unanswered questions, imperfections, and idiosyncratic writing style—I would have welcomed tighter editing at times—seem to fit perfectly with the setting of a future that is ambivalent about personality, human warmth, and passion. It left me haunted by its very strange alternate universe the author sees as our future. Will there be bionic men and women, and to what lengths will the powerful conglomerates that develop these technologies go to advance their aggressive agendas, makes for conspiracy theorists the ‘bedtime story’ that underlies their nightmares. In the end, we are able to see the resolution of the ‘human’ mystery, but are left with the unanswered questions the future must by its essence always pose for us. What will humanity be like in the next years? After reading this provocative mystery, I think you too will be eager for the answers. Will you be afraid or hopeful? There is the true mystery of the future. Read the book and decide.
There were some cons for me. As an editor, I did see some areas that could have used some more red pen. As rich as the vocabulary is, it at times goes overboard. There were some areas that I ended up confused and had to reread. A little less could have gone a long way in these instances. Also, the chapters were a little long in areas, and with dense writing like this, can tend to feel like it drags on for too long.
Overall though, I recommend this book.