Saturday, April 04, 2015

Book Review: Daimones (Daimones Trilogy #1) by Massimo Marino


Book: Daimones  (Daimones Trilogy #1)

Author: Massimo Marino

No. of Pages: 330

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: FoS 


Usually, I avoid the doomsday / apocalyptic themed novels but something about Daimones made me read it.

Although I don't really like the apocalyptic stories and novels; I liked Daimones.

Yes, the stage is set when a man discovers one fine morning that everyone (yes, literally everyone) is dead except his own family (wife and daughter).

Most part of the story is about survival in such a scenario and what can happen when you discover that someone else is also out there (and someone is out there who cause this apocalypse)

Nice written - I liked the various perspectives expressed in the story.

The first phase of the book is about the realization that 'rest of the world' is dead. It was beautifully written and brought out nicely. How the protagonist makes the connections and panics and then takes hold over himself for his family.

The second phase is about the survival and constant fear of whats gonna happen next. How do u survive when you know humans are dead and soon other species are going to take over. Animals would roam free and they will not like human intervention.

Third phase is about the discovery of other humans who might have survived. Connecting with people virtually as well as in real life. How we are not sure of humans and fear them.

Then the phase where you bring 2 sets of survivors together and the new social dynamics begin to emerge.

And finally the phase where it is revealed what actually happened and who was behind the mass extinction of humans (aliens, of course).

I enjoyed reading all these different phases of the story and could identify with the actions of the protagonist and his family.

Another part of the attraction for me was the setting of the story. The protagonist is based near Geneva in Switzerland where I have lived for a year in 2006. The protagonist visits Geneva, its mall, CERN etc. I was able to recognize some of the landmarks and it made me feel nostalgic.

I enjoyed reading the author's writing style and I am now looking forward to reading about the story further. Needless to say, it's a trilogy and this was the opening episode


Ratings on Book Review Parameters:

Cover Design: 3.0 / 5

Writing Style: 4.0 / 5

Characters:     4.0 / 5

Story / Plot:     3.0 / 5

Climax:            3.5 / 5

Overall:           3.5 / 5   

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