Review: The First Life of Vikram Roy

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Title: The First Life of Vikram Roy
Author: Laxmi Hariharan
Series: Ruby Iyer #1.5
Genre: YA Thriller
Length: Short novel
Available: Sept 25th


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This is a standalone novel in the Ruby Iyer Series and traces VIKRAM ROY’S ORIGINS; his coming of age years and how he came to be the RELUCTANT COP he is when he meets RUBY.

His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind.

Vikram never should have left his family, but when Vikram’s father brings his half-brother Vishal home, life will never be the same.

Vikram thinks things will be better now that he’s gone. He’s met the love of his life, his future looks bright and then everything is shattered.

Now, his family’s life is hanging in the balance, and only Vikram can do what needs to be done to save them.

From the bestselling dystopian fiction author with over 200 reviews and ratings of her dystopia books across Goodreads, Amazon and other retailers.

Source: ARC from Books Are Magic/Born Bookish via Email

In the same way that the Ruby Iyer Diaries filled in some of the gaps in Ruby’s childhood, this book does an excellent job of revealing more about the mysterious Vikram Roy. After reading The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, I have to admit that Vikram was the character that most intrigued me – whether he was good or bad, how he’d come to be where he was, what he really knew about all that was going on. This book goes a fair way to answering many of those questions, and while I really enjoyed it, I think it works best as a companion novel to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, rather than a standalone. Simply because if this is your first taste of this world, this ending will leave you with far too many questions.

The book itself follows Vikram in short bursts from the age of ten right up to his early twenties. The way the story unfolds explains much about the person Vikram grows up to be, in large part thanks to the arrival of his step-brother Vishal and the way his family life slowly falls apart. With a father he adores – but who cannot be trusted to be faithful – and a mother who comes to rely on him for everything, Vikram learns from an early age what it means to be responsible. Yet there are so many more lessons for him to learn as the story unfolds.

Considering the way it’s written, telling Vikram’s life in short bursts, I found it strangely compelling, especially as things heat up towards the end. From friendship to first love, through grief and combating urges to stay or to go, Vikram has a lot to learn through his teenage years – and it’s all good training for what he will face.

Finishing before Vikram and Ruby meet, it left me wanting to go back and reread that book – not least because of this ending! Fast and furious and never pulling any punches when it comes to darker emotions and violence, this is a great addition to the Ruby Iyer series. I cannot wait to see how the story unfolds next.

The First Life of Vikram Roy is out September 25th!
Visit Laxmi Hariharan for more details.



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