Book Review : Chronux by Sagar Kamath

During our more ‘Philosophical’ moments…we have all wondered about ‘Time’…its true nature…and its impact on us! But what if?…’Time’…had similar concerns…about us? For the people of Aruhu, a tiny Himalayan village, deep in India’s ancient past, what begins as a visitation by a mysterious entity, quickly morphs into an inescapable trap…one that has left its imprint on all of human history…and the future! This is a trap that has seduced hundreds through its lure of absolute power, including the Nazis…who mount an epic expedition to unearth the source of God’s power on Earth…only to discover that the cost of absolute power…is also absolute! This is the story ‘Time’ wants to tell us…this is the story of Chronux!

Historical fiction is one of my favourite genre and I love devouring a book that has any remote resemblance to events that happened in the past especially those with a large scale importance. It is amazing how more and more books are mixing the retelling of historical events with a generous dose of science, and Chronux belongs to one of these hybrid genres.

This book starts with the story of Aruhu, a village located at the foothills of the Himalayas in the year 3067 B.C.E. A sudden arrival of a stranger changes the course of the village and brings mass destruction and tragedy to the residents. The story takes us to the Nazi Germany, ruled by Hitler and we, the readers witness the initial stage of racism and torture propagated by the Nazis. Time or Chronux plays a huge role in the storytelling and leaves us in thrill and awe.

The book, evidently, is a product of much researched work and the facts and theories stated in the book are hardly questionable. The author sure knows his grounds and doesn’t fail to play on them. Also what really caught my attention was the brief and to-the-point initial chapters.

However, the facts and the story line were majorly disconnected and I got a little distracted after a while. The facts that could have been interwoven intricately into the story ended up feeling like too much information and less of a fictional read. It was stretched and occasionally felt like a history book.

If you absolutely love history and don’t mind reading long stretches of paragraphs about historical events, then I would recommend this book to you.

Publisher :

Pages : 462

Format : Paperback

Rating : 2.5 / 5

2 thoughts on “Book Review : Chronux by Sagar Kamath

  1. touchedbythepage says:

    I read this review last night but can’t remember whether I commented or not. Sigh. It doesn’t appear so I go for a single, fat “No, you didn’t” – and yet I remember typing words. I need vacation, haha!

    Either way, I nodded quite a few times reading this review, thinking this would be a book I might enjoy. The concept seems interesting, and unique – it kind of reminded me of The Book Thief (I don’t know if you’ve read that one?) and Death as narrator within that book. It’s also in the same time frame (holocaust) but then I read your second to last paragraph that it reads more like an informative book than a fiction based on historical events.

    If there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s the feeling of reading text books. Yuck. I don’t need to be reminded of school, haha.

    Thank you so much for this lovely review!

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    • Aritri says:

      Thank you so much for taking time out and reading the review. 🙂 The concept is beautiful and a lot like The Book Thief. I wish the story was tied in together with the facts. And I loved The Book Thief. One of my favourite books from last year.


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