Disclaimer: I don't believe in the star rating system. Novellas cannot follow the same star rating system as a novel. This 'novella' is very short and rating this does not reflect anything about the author's style of writing.
How many times have you seen a writer going deep into a character and trying to understand the point of view of her protagonist? This is the first time I've seen someone trying to understand how her protag goes through the changes in her life and turning it into a prequel before the actual story starts. Introduce her readers to Ruby Iyer.
The first question I asked myself while reading this small snippet of Ruby's live – why is this call the diary? There is no diary entry in it, it does not speak about the day-to-day life of Ruby Iyer nor is it about events occurring chronologically in Ruby's life. It’s almost disappointing to know that the title of the story does not gel well with the narrative – till the age of the protagonist did not catch my eye.
It was then that I realized that these are the random thoughts of how a young girl, in the age group of 13 to 19, thinks, how her life is going through upheavals, feeling unloved by her family and how she cloaks her emotions to cover her feelings.
How will a young girl feel when she is almost invisible to her own mother? Her father, who though loves her, still has no time for her? How does it feel to lose your own beloved brother to fanatics and to always know that she is different from her peers?
Right now, at this point of time, I cannot say how much of the story is relevant to the series. But I can definitely say one thing that I'm very curious about Ruby Iyer. How she became a woman to be reckoned with, a messiah, a fighter. Till now I see an ordinary girl fighting for her very existence, fighting for her mother's love and slowly turning apathetic.
What happens to this girl to bring out the fire in her? This is going to be my motivation to pick up the series. Will keep you all updated as I read on. But before signing off, there is one line which I feel I must share with you, which I feel is going to be very intrinsic in Ruby's character.
"I watched the tragedy unfold on the screen. Enfolded for the first time in living memory between my parents, I'm happy."
What the tragedy is all about is what you have to read for yourself But one cannot deny the fact that Ruby is full of spunk.
Did anyone expect me to say something else, with the author naming her protagonist Ruby? :P
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