My Review of Midnight’s Star
This is the first of Shilpa’s books that I have read and it will certainly not be the last. I enjoyed the way the story focused on the unspoken, hidden dreams and wishes of the differently-abled.
We tend to look at differently-abled people with pity. We feel sorry for how their condition has restricted their lives. We don’t realize that in trying to help them, we snatch away the thing they want the most – independence.
Shilpa’s passionate story revolves around a differently-abled man and how he finds true acceptance in a woman. It’s beautiful, eye-opening, and thought-provoking. The story probes deeply into the psyche of the characters instead of skimming over their motivations. Thus, we have an in-depth look into what makes them tick instead of superficial descriptions.
The wordplay around “see” is so clever. It made me think how people with sight see everything, yet the relentless visual stimulation makes them blind to so many things.
Shilpa also shows us how most public places don’t include the differently-abled during the planning stage. Accessibility is still an afterthought–if it’s even considered. I haven’t read many books that shine the spotlight on such things in so subtle a way.
Another thing that I really liked was the depiction of friendship in the story. Avni has a set of friends she’s known since forever and who are more family than friends. Similarly, Dev has a set of friends who stick with him through thick and thin and have the added bond of having gone through trauma in their personal lives.
The café setting and the discussion around books and literature are like the cherry on top.
You may think that the story is a tad serious since it deals with heavy issues. Let me tell you that Shilpa has managed to weave such humor into certain situations and dialogues that I laughed out loud SEVERAL times.
Midnight’s Star flows smoothly, hooks the reader from the first page (how do authors do that?!), and leaves you wanting more. This is book #1–perhaps we’ll see more of Dev and Avni in the next one.
(I received a review copy from the author via Blogchatter with a request for an honest review.)
This post is part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.