Wednesday, 9 July 2014

This Is Your World On Superpowers!

By Samit Basu

When I first signed up with my agent practically the 1st thing he did was stuff a manuscript into my hand and told me to 'Read this!' This was Samit Basu's Turbulence and I read the whole thing in one sitting. Then I phoned up my agent and demanded a sequal. 

Finally... that sequel has arrived.

In 2020, eleven years after the passengers of flight BA142 from London to Delhi developed extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires, the world is overrun with supers. Some use their powers for good, others for evil, and some just want to pulverize iconic monuments and star in their own reality show. But now, from New York to Tokyo, someone is hunting down supers, killing heroes and villains both, and it’s up to the Unit to stop them…

 Samit has given a lot thought to what might actually happen if a large number of people were suddenly gifted with powers ranging from the godlike to the absurd (my favourite is the guy who's superpower is the ability to gatecrash any meeting anywhere). He also writes with great verve, wit an d humour so that you're chuckling merrily as the strain of all these conflicting demi-gods starts to rip the world apart.

It's not necessary to have read Turbulence prior to reading Resistence but I for one can't see why you'd want to deny yourself that pleasure. Read them both, you'll gasp, you'll laugh, you'll cry and you will demand another sequal.

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