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Turbulence Paperback – July 9, 2013
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"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.” –
With An Accent
“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.
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Our setup for the novel comes when everyone aboard a plane traveling from London to Delhi ends up getting powers, some grand and earth-shattering, some modest and barely noticible, but all exactly the powers that suited each person’s personality and greatest desires.
So we meet Aman, who gets vast powers over telecommunications and decides he wants to save the world from itself. Vir, a pilot in the Indian Air Force, gets flight, superspeed, and super-durability. Aspiring actress Uzma becomes superhumanly likeable. Harried housewife Tia can clone herself as many times as she wants. Sher is a tiger-headed super-warrior. Princess Anima is a schoolgirl with massively powerful anime-inspired combat abilities. And Jai is entirely indestructible — and he wants to conquer the entire world.
And they’re not all heroes. Jai is certainly the most powerful being on the planet, and he gathers most of the other really powerful people to his side really quickly. He kills the people who aren’t useful to him. The pitifully few heroes don’t tend to have the most combat-worthy abilities, and they’re generally outgunned and seemingly doomed. What chance do they have to save India, much less the rest of the world?
This is a novel with a setting that’s surprisingly refreshing — it’s fun to get better acquainted with India and its gigantically diverse population through this book. But it’s not just a geographical lesson plan — because that would be no fun at all. This is a superhero story, and it really excels.
The characters are amazingly fun — I really couldn’t pick out a favorite. Aman and his pigheaded naivete, Uzma and the way she slowly grows out of her shallow egotism, Tia’s maternal kickassery, Vir’s stubborn and frequently stupid heroism. Sher and Princess Anima are both terrifying in different ways and also hugely charismatic in equally different ways. And Jai is so despicably dislikeable — but you really wouldn’t hate him so much if her weren’t such a gloriously created villain. And there are plenty of minor characters who you wish had larger roles in the story just so you could get to know them better.
The action and fight scenes are fantastic, harrowing, horrifying, and everything you’d want from a bunch of super-battles. And the story continually grows more and more exciting, with the stakes being continually raised higher and higher. The further along you go in the story, the less likely you are to want to put it down for very long.
Is it a good superhero story? Heck, yes -- it may be one of the best I’ve ever read. Go pick it up. You’ll love this.
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).
Not your usual fare, in other words. I definitely recommend it. It's not the deepest reading, but it's a *fun* read, and that definitely counts for a lot with me. If you're looking for something light, fast-paced, and a little quirky, this will keep you occupied!