REVIEW BY DR SONAL KALIA
Edited by Vipul Murarka
After the humour filled dork series, Sidin Vadukut has changed genres and written this book which is a medical thriller interspersed with details about Indianpolitical scenario, journalism and loop holes in the Indian medical system. His narrative is fast paced and gripping in most parts except where he goes into details of Indian politics. In the parts in which he is highlighting politics and the healthcare system it starts to feel like a satire of sorts rather than a typical medical thriller.
He has created a deadly disease which is not just spreading fast but is killing faster as well. His description of the disease and its manifestations both inside the body and externally visible features are very immaculate. Despite being a doctor, upon pondering that this disease could reach India, the mere thought sent shivers down my spine. So I congratulate the author for creating a unique disease manifestation type in quite a convincing manner.
What I found mediocre was the description of the healthcare teams perhaps because the author is sitting in the U.K. and did not do ground research in India about measures taken in swine flu or dengue epidemics now. His sole reference point is the plague of Surat and I must say Mr.Vadukut Indian
His book makes passing remarks on sensational journalism and creates the fancy Indian opinion and mentions the unscrupulous “buzzfeed”
The book would have been better without stepping into an imaginary past for safeguarding the Indian premier and if it would have featured some main lovable character catching the disease, the reader’s emotions would have been more engaged. Here one is terrified of the disease because it has spread internationally thanks to the aviation industry is depicted impeccably but one does not feel sorrow and the angst associated with death of some relatable character. When you wake up and read the newspaper about some disease affecting 100 folks faraway is how the disease has been dealt with in terms of death.
I read this book in a single sitting because I wanted to know how the microbe is spreading and intricacies of the disease were taking me back to my MBBS days remembering all the viral and bacterial epidemics I had read. The background of the story or its plot makes it “un-put-downable”. So I would rate the book as 4/5 for its fast paced plot but 2/5 for emotional quotient and 3/5 overall for unnecessarily