This is a book that tells us about a world, a future world very different from ours.
The book blurb says-
In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.
Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.
When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.
I have made a short review of the book at amazon.in.
The review is
It is the strange world of Altadas-where the rule of human has been replaced by the rule of demon fifteen years ago. A cruel brutal regime which came into power controlled the birth of human. Now very few have been left who were born during the iron regime. it
In this world of darkness the thing that in great demand are no, not gold and jewelry-but contraceptive amulets. Women are mad to buy these at any amount of iron coils-a currency of the iron emperor. But all has not been lost for the human-still order is fighting a bloody battle against the regime.
Jacob-a man who smuggles amulets into the city of Blackout is within such a bloody battle. Destiny took him to get close to Taberah-the beautiful lady leader of the order.
The cruel regime snatched away the land and the sky from the human and established drug factories in the cities. It is the drug on which demons survive and are called hope. Here human is the production machine-in a worse state than a beast. Destiny also made Jacob a part of the scouting mission to the hope factory at the city of Blackout-derived its name thanks to the smoggy atmosphere and eternal darkness there. The cruel regime had reversed the meaning of hope and light together to the human.
Can Jacob be indifferent in this struggle for existence? Can he remain neutral?
The resistance leader is in a ploy to deploy its experimental land ship-the Hopebreaker against the demons. Jacob played his part in the mission as well.
Can Hopebreaker be proved itself worthy of its name in its first mission of destroying the Hope factory?
And what fate awaits Jacob and Taberah,the Resistance and the Order?
Will they be successful in their mission-wiping out the regime?
What happens when human emotions been replaced by iron?
This is an absorbing tale mixed with fantasy and science fiction elements. It has a sequel and one thing I can assure you, after finishing you are sure to spend some sleepless night in anxiety before you do have the book two in your hand!
We have asked the writer some questions related to the book to which he responded as follows-
In addition of being a fantasy and a science fiction story do you rate your novel as a symbolic one too?
Most definitely. To me, speculative fiction is a perfect way to explore real human issues, and often hit home on certain topics a lot stronger than just relating a story in the everyday world, or making a straightforward point. I don’t aim to “preach” through my fiction, as it is ultimately none of my business what other people think or do, but I do like to ask questions and get people thinking about things. Often times there isn’t just one answer, or the answer isn’t a simple one at all, but, as the effective heir of mythology, fantasy is a very powerful medium for communicating with people on deeper levels.
You have mentioned of demon spawns. Do you portray demon as inferior to human-in your book?
Initially, yes, to show how people view them, but then I put a few questions in, and characters start to wonder. In a world where racism and prejudice is rife, I think it is important for us to explore how we judge people, how we demonise them, and see if maybe the truth is really different, and the world is more grey than black and white. The demons in the Great Iron War series look and act just like us. I think that, in itself, highlights something.
In your book the two protagonists are getting physically intimated to each other and she gets pregnant. Do you think it will have any significance to the coming sequels?
Certainly, though I don’t want to spoil the story in that regard. There are lots of twists and turns along the path.
If anyone tells you to summarize the book in one sentence then how you are going to make it?
In a world where there are no more human births, an underground movement plots to destroy a drug called Hope that the demon rulers need to survive.
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