Turtles all the way down- John Green
Looking for Alaska, the last one by John Green had left me so impressed that I waited eagerly for his next one to be out, a plethora of questions running through my mind; for instance- what would he write about next, will it be as good as Looking for Alaska, how would the story go etc. But, I can now say the wait was worth it.
I have to give it to the author for thinking so differently when it comes to the story. There’s always a tinge of gloominess in it and yet it makes you like it, because it is meaningful and potent. Saying so, yet again his story and content was dynamically strong just like his characters. Set under the cultural references of Star Wars and The Tempest with sprinkle of fan fiction all over, it is a story of a sixteen year old, anxious girl who is consumed by her thoughts, it’s like they never leave her. Aza who has an obsession of microbes always finds herself trapped in a whirlpool or a tightening spiral because of her contemplation, it’s like they are two people- Aza and her intrusive thoughts. She meets an old friend Davis Pickett, whose father has disappeared the night before the raid, as there was a search warrant against him. Aza and her best friend Daisy set out on a quest to find the billionaire missing man to earn the reward which has been announced on his name. The billionaire’s investigation takes a side step when Aza falls for Davis. She feels heavily for Davis’ younger brother Noah who desperately wants his father to come back and is having problems dealing with his disappearance. Fighting her tumultuous friendship situations with Daisy and her own strenuous and obsessive thoughts she decodes the mystery of the missing billionaire. And how? Well, that’s the mystery solved in the book and how brilliantly! The story has a convincing end which shows Aza winning her best friend back, solving the mystery of the fugitive billionaire and learning to take control of her tightening spiral.
I love the characters John Green builds; you come to know more about them once the story starts peeling them. To think of a character like Aza would have required so much brainstorming. She will not come across as a likeable character rather you might feel indifferent of her, but once you move in the plot her persona grips you and you really feel for her. Her best friend Daisy is quite the opposite of what Aza is, bubbly and cheerful. The other characters aptly described are that of Davis and Noah. The brotherly status between them shows for itself that they have always been devoid of fatherly love. The bond that Aza and Davis share has been described very beautifully. Quoting intermittently from The Tempest in their conversations makes it impressive- amazing write up there!
Every book always has a part where the reference to the name is explained. In this one, the explanation, the reference and the way it has been described left me spell-bound. It relates beautifully to the protagonist Aza, justifying her dark and complex life.
I am all sorts of impressed with the book, be it the writing which is impressive, captivating and creative; the characters which will not let you forget them after you have finished the book; the story which is a brilliant compilation of mystery, emotions and thrill.
A recommended read from my side. Thumbs up!