Atomic New Book Review of Samit Basu’s New Novel!
Resistance is the incredibly powerful, and fun, sequel to Samit Basu’s 2013 novel, Turbulence. Published by Titan Books in 2014, Resistance begins eleven years after the fateful flight of British Airways 142, when all persons on board received super powers. Since that flight, and the subsequent formation of the international super hero team; the Unit, the world has had a second wave of “new supers” and now planet Earth is brimming with super heroes, villains, and a young god. However, Supers are being killed and a very powerful global corporation is threatening billions of lives and it’s up to the mind controller, Uzma, and the Unit to stop them! MuHahaha!!!
Both Turbulence and Resistance are fantastic adventures that speak to the heart of geek culture. These stories parody, and serenade, the comic books, and science fiction, I’ve loved my entire life without pandering to current fads or my fandom. In Resistance, Basu writes the perfect sequel with stronger villains, more dynamic action, and deeper relationships between the characters; who’ve now lived more than a decade in a world of super powered shenanigans. I especially enjoyed Basu’s imagination for how modern super powers may manifest themselves. Sure, there are the supermen and women, there’s even a super-president, but highly imaginative powers spring up in the form of Super Photobombers and Super Viral Marketers (who is also one of the most hated people on the planet). Brilliant! There is also and almost cinematic, or film like, quality to Basu’s writing that makes it almost feel like I’ve “seen the movie.” His descriptive power and writing style lead readers through an amazing roller coaster of adventures that include kaiju, power armor, Mad Scientist, and Tias. Tia! Good god, the one superpower that could save millions of lonely nerds… Anyways, I enjoy many of the books Titan sends over to review, but I absolutely loved Basu’s two novels. His books are strong reminder of why I love movies and comics and I’m very much anticipating the third novel. If there is a third novel… better be a third novel… There’s gonna be third novel, right?
Resistance is out in all major book stores now, or you can get your own copy online at Titanbooks.com!
If you could have any super power -not including flight or invisibility- what would it be?
There’s a Superman, and he’s Indian! As much as that hurts my red, white, and blue (American!) pride to write, it does actually make for one hell of a good story and is the premise behind Samit Basu’s novel, Turbulence. In Turbulence the passengers of a British Airways flight from London to Delhi fall asleep and each wakes up with a new superpower closely related to their inner most desires, leaving us readers to ask the whole book through, “how did they get the powers”, and “what power would I really want to have?” So far, the only powers I think I really want are the complete control over traffic lights and the ability to seduce lesbians. Here’s the books synopsis and a run down on the characters and their unique powers:
Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. He thinks this is because he doesn’t have the right connections—but then he gets off a plane from London to Delhi and discovers that he has turned into a communications demigod. Indeed, everyone on Aman’s flight now has extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires.
Vir, an Indian Air Force pilot, can now fly.
Uzma, a British- Pakistani aspiring Bollywood actress, now possesses infinite charisma.
And then there’s Jai, an indestructible one-man army with a good old-fashioned goal — to rule the world!
Aman wants to ensure that their new powers aren’t wasted on costumed crime-fighting, celebrity endorsements, or reality television. He wants to heal the planet but with each step he takes, he finds helping some means harming others. Will it all end, as 80 years of superhero fiction suggest, in a meaningless, explosive slugfest?
Turbulence features the 21st-century Indian subcontinent in all its insane glory—F-16s, Bollywood, radical religious parties, nuclear plants, cricket, terrorists, luxury resorts, crazy TV shows — but it is essentially about two very human questions. How would you feel if you actually got what you wanted? And what would you do if you could really change the world?
For me, Turbulence, was a gripping “page turner” full of humor, geek references, and action! I had a lot fun with this book and Basu’s twist on a popular super powers was a constant surprise. Like Bob, for example, who has the Storm like ability to control the weather, but only depending on what he eats. So, of course the other super people feed him nothing but ice cream and frozen foods to keep the cost on air conditioning down. My only real problem with the book was it’s ending, and I don’t want to spoil that here so I’ll just say it’s a minor problem and in no real way hurt my enjoyment of this novel and I’m actually looking forward to another book with this same group of Indian (and one British/ Pakistani) super people. Maybe next time we’ll get a couple of Americans in there so I’ll be able to call them “Superheroes” …heh heh heh.
Turbulence is for sale now in all major bookstores or you can get your own copy at Titan Books online store!