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The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles Book 1)

by Esha Bajaj

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The “little Grey girl, a child born into filth,” has no idea why she has been kidnapped and brought to this frightening place where people have no colors branded on their wrists. “The girl’s mouth... understood the gravity of speaking in the presence of one whose intellectual capacity could only be surpassed by two other living beings. Still, after tolerable trepidation, she choked out a response,” giving her name, but surely not expecting what will happen next.

Author Esha Bajaj creates a stratified world where color and number denote a person’s rank in society. Greys are at the bottom, with blues and reds above them and metallics at the top. Teens are ranked as they enter adulthood, but a grey who wakes with a different color on her wrist might have to run to escape the persecution of her peers. Then twin sisters follow divergent paths in this Princess and the pauper tale

Complex sentences match the complex society portrayed. Sometimes confusing narrative matches the characters’ steps toward understanding. Descriptions are filled with vividly and completely described details. And due weight is given to many and varied point of view, from the sister left behind, to counsellor, to clever schemers, warriors and campaigners.

The novel is only the first part of a story—deeper character development will probably come later, but this isn’t a book for people who prefer their stories complete in a single volume. It’s not one for those easily frustrated by non-standard use of language either. But the world and its mythology might have a lot to offer.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Feb 17, 2016 |
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