Domechild is a futuristic SciFi novel set. Albert is living in a future city where robots do all the work. People still go to offices to clock in the hours, because they need to go to offices as mandated by the government, but there is no meaningful work happening there. In the meantime, he encounters a spirited and troublesome child and a suicidal machine. The reluctant hero Albert has to deal with the situation and they propel him to a wild adventure.
Domechild is a dystopian adventure, with various other elements brought into the mix quite expertly. There are lots of action sequences with good vivid imagery. The novel is not a thriller, but the twists are well developed and satisfying. Almost all of the assumptions made at the start of the novel are subverted by the end of the book. There are a couple of commentaries on overdependence on technology and the fragility of tech, but overall this book is meant to be a fun and light read.
The bad thing about the book is intentional. This book is meant to be a series and hence the main arc is not closed at the end. Also sometimes the actions of some of the characters feel forced as the plot demanded it. But all in all a good Sci-Fi book.
Shiv Ramdas has carved a name for him in the Indian sci-fi genre. I enjoyed reading this book because this was a refreshing detour from the mythology and fantasy books dished out by Indian authors these days. I am sure that other readers would enjoy this book too!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Review by: Joydeep, India
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