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Book review: Where The River Turns Gold by Sita Brahmachari

Title- Where The River Turns Gold
Author- Sita Brahmachari
Publisher- Hachette India
Format- Paperback
Pages- 336
Genre- Dystopian fiction
Publication date- 30 July 2019

Ratings- 4.5/5

Book blurb:

Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meagre rations and governed by Freedom Fields – the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt in.

The bees have long disappeared; instead children must labour on farms, pollinating crops by hand so that the nation can eat. The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to is hard and cruel. Themba won’t survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are – their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.

The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts – to let love guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it .

Book review:

๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ ๐“ฐ๐“ธ๐“ต๐“ญ๐“ฎ๐“ท ๐“ซ๐“พ๐“ฝ ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ฎ๐“ถ๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ ๐“น๐“ช๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ ๐“ช๐“ผ ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ท๐”‚ ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ผ ๐“ช๐“ผ ๐“ฎ๐”๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐”€๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ต๐“ญ ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ธ ๐“ด๐“ท๐“ฎ๐”€ ๐”€๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ธ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ผ ๐“ฏ๐“ต๐“ธ๐”€๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ๐“ผ ๐“ผ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ฏ๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฎ?

Extremely ravaged by the hurricane Kronos, the city of Kairos is not the same anymore. Bees have vanished and pollination can only be carried out artificially through hands for which children are enforced to work on the fields.

The siblings, Shifa and Themba are exploited and subjugated to work in the very same field. The government disguises the world by featuring an enticing epitome of ‘Freedom Fields’ where children carry out their studies and work at the same time but the reality was a long way off. Shifa realizes their lives are no less than living behind the bars and unravels a secret that can vindicate them and alter their fate.

๐“๐“ธ๐”€ ๐“ฒ๐“ฝ ๐”€๐“ช๐“ผ ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ท๐“ฏ๐“พ๐“ต, ๐“ท๐“ธ๐“ฝ ๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ญ๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ฑ ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต, ๐“ณ๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ฝ ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ผ๐“น๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ด๐“ช๐“ซ๐“ต๐”‚ ๐“ผ๐“ช๐“ญ.

I totally adored the bond between the siblings. When Shifa got into trouble because of Themba, even though they weren’t related by blood Shifa’s love for her brother remains unchanged. However, I liked the world-building in this book but the elucidation of the division of society into Paragons, Outlanders, and Scavage could have been more descriptive. The profound portrayal of the characters and human emotions drawn by the author was like a cascade that gave a beautiful flow throughout the read.

Where the river runs gold is a book that facsimiles a dystopian world that could be possible in the near future if we don’t put enough efforts to save our present thriving world. A tale that underlines the love of family and emerging out with valor. Recommending it for an adventurous read.

Thanks to @hachette_india for the #gifted copy.๐ŸŒป

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