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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (5 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1502773775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1502773777
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,449,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

She almost died. But when dystopia romance author Laxmi Hariharan had a near death experience, she was told to write. Laxmi is the creator of dystopian romance series, RUBY IYER SERIES (The MANY LIVES OF RUBY IYER - FINALIST Indie Excellence Awards, 2015 Readers' Favorite, winner in the Young Adult - Action category | FINALIST 2015 IAN Book Of the Year awards. Also the bestselling The RUBY IYER DIARIES & The FIRST LIFE OF VIKRAM ROY), and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner, The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles, 1). If you're looking for books like Divergent and Angelfall, you'll love the RUBY IYER SERIES. Laxmi writes books similar to Hunger Games while listening to electronica & progressive rock, and downing innumerable cups of extra sweet ginger-chai. She is also an avid photographer of street art and believes she was a tree -- a redwood -- in her past life. London is where she creates. Bombay is what fires her imagination. Receive a free copy of THE RUBY IYER DIARIES when you sign up to her newsletter here http://bit.ly/RubyIyerDiariesAmazon Reach Laxmi, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laxmihariharanauthor on Twitter https://twitter.com/laxmi on Instagram http://www.instagram/com/laxmiwrites

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The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer marks the true meaning of armchair travel. Laxmi Hariharan blends culture, youth, emotion and life in one brilliant novel. It has been a while since this author has released a new book. After reading Ruby Iyer, I can see she's poured her heart and soul into this book.

Bombay is the backdrop. At times, this is chilling and at other times, the reader is invited into a world he or she may never experience in a lifetime. Ruby Iyer's life is much likes. One action sets of another reaction and then another and another. Each becomes more nail biting than the one before.

As the main character, Ruby Iyer is strong. Some may say her plight is impossible and she is exaggerated. But do we all not have that single moment in us when we will rise to fight for the person we believe in at any cost. As a young adult read, this book tests one thing - friendship. True friends are but a handful and the friend who stands by you when the world walks out on you, now that's a story.

Would I recommend this read? Most definitely. If you are a reader who does not like to explore another culture or prefers books with American / European settings, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a strong female character, this is a must read.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4.5/5
Editing: 4/5
Formatting: 4.5/5
Pacing: 4/5

Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for readers aged 13 and above.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.
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The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer perfectly captures the layers and psyche of Bombay, an Indian world that is too rarely featured in adult novels, much less young adult fiction, and centers upon a feisty teen whose best friend has been kidnapped by an evil despot.
Now, given its dystopian background, the temptation would be to label this story as a fantasy; but that would be a shame, because it's also a young adult thriller and detective story wrapped in the guise of a futuristic urban world where a city is failing and a girl finds herself charged with saving what she can.

This is no light read: steeped in the culture and atmosphere of Bombay but with a futuristic twist, it will attract young adult into adult audiences with its realistic characters and events that documents an increasing lack of choices, fueled by anger, injustice, and struggle. The detective/thriller aspects are nearly adult in their depth and orientation, which means that an advanced young adult reader audience is recommended for a different kind of coming-of-age saga: one that is immersed in political and social conflict.

As Ruby follows the trail of her friend into a maze of social injustices, turning her status as a runaway into one of a freedom fighter, readers are presented with a powerful character who doesn't know when to quit and won't accept easy answers as the solutions to either her personal challenges or the wider world around her.

It's her attitude that serves as a pivot point for an entire city's possibilities and failures - and her struggles that neatly immerse readers in an effort that does lend choice and new possibilities to even the most impossible scenarios.
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I could not really make up my mind about this book. On the one hand, it has a tough and kick-a.. heroine which I love on the other hand the story just jumps from one action to the other. I also had trouble to find out more about Ruby’s past. There are many hints that you probably understand when you have read the first book which I haven’t.

The setting made this book brilliant. It was great to be taken to Bombay and experience its abundance of sounds, smells, images. What irritated me a little was the Americanised English used but I suspect that has something to do with me not knowing much about India and Bombay.

All in all a great book if you love action packed YA literature with this sort of language but not exactly my cup of tea.
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I love everything about this book and Laxmi Hariharan's writing. Firstly there's the confidence, robustness and suppleness in the writing. It is a well written book. Secondly, there's an original, intelligent spin on the super-hero genre with an injection of magical realism. Thirdly, it's set in Bombay (Mumbai but not quite Mumbai). Finally, it's unashamedly about female empowerment. This is a hugely enjoyable modern folk tale with a few serious message if you care to look. For thoughtful folk who like tall tales.
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2015
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Ruby is angry. Coming from a dysfunctional family, striking out on her own, fighting to create a space for herself in a bustling, busy, uncaring city, she feels a hand groping her on the train, slaps out at it – and is pushed off the train to her death. Or is she? Ruby doesn’t die, or at least, she somehow survives the incident or is brought back, having been struck through with ten thousand volts, her skin now indelibly marked with a lightning tree. One that throbs to her anger, “pings” warnings of danger and seems to give her an energy boost whenever she most needs it.

And that’s only the start of this twisting, exciting, occasionally baffling tale of one girl fighting back against an uncaring opponent and the teen army that seeks to destroy the city Ruby loves. It’s fast paced, there’s rarely a dull moment or a chance to catch your breath as Ruby is drawn deeper and deeper into the terror that’s taking over the streets and threatening to destroy everything.

I enjoyed it, but I have to admit there were times when I didn’t have a clue what was actually going on. Ruby’s original accident itself kind of lost me, since I thought she was on a moving train when she got shoved off, but apparently not. Then there’s what happens after she falls. There’s also the scene where she again dives off the platform, which itself left me a bit confused. Not to mention the whole Dr Braganza issue, where certain revelations come oddly late in the book, considering this is narrated in first person from Ruby’s POV. I was also never quite sure if Ruby was actually alive or dead, and the same for many of the characters around her. There are a lot of gunshot wounds and other serious injuries, which aren’t quite shrugged off, but don’t seem as serious as they should be.
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