Book Review: Battle of the Spheres by Melita Tessy

Half way through the novel a character says: “Peace does not come only from destroying evil, but from building goodness…” This is a wonderful message for the present day world were peace can be only a dream beyond our grasps. Beyond poignant lines, this novel gives us a thrilling experience that teaches us through its dramatic presentation and characters that are well-developed like every good novel should do.

The novel Battle of the Spheres is a science fiction speculative fiction that talks about worlds within our world. It is pure fantasy that can be even called futuristic. It imagines intelligent beings living in the crust, mantle and core who get affected because of the wasteful and destructive activities of human beings! May sound unbelievable, but the gripping narration and the surging emotions really makes you believe in the worlds Tessy has created.

Of late, critics have always sided with Realism and Magical-realism when it comes to fiction. Fantasy fiction, though it is as old as the mountains, have been ignored as mere decorations of imagination. This novel proves that Fantasy fiction makes more sense than any realistic novel. Though the characters in a Fantasy novel are imaginary deep inside them they feel the same things that a real human feels: suffering, guilt, joy, sorrow, fear, anxiety, pain, love and much more. We in the real world have to make the same tough choices that could change our lives forever. The theme of choice and destiny that is common to almost all stories is well alive in this novel.

This review would be incomplete if I don’t mention Jacelyn, the protagonist of the novel. She is so awesome and cool and the readers would definitely root for her. Her problems become our problems, her choices become our choices, when we get lost in this novel. Without her, the novel would have lost its sheen. Tessy makes sure that Jacelyn remains in our mind even weeks after reading the novel.

Battle of the Spheres by Melita Tessy is racy, elegant, entertaining and “un-put-down-able”. It makes you believe in yourself even when the world is full of pain, chaos and meaninglessness. (Even I am sometimes guilty of feeling that everything is evil and meaningless when I hear bad news and when bad things happen to me. If you have felt the same this novel will definitely cure you!)

DENVOR FERNANDEZ

Author of Faustina’s Fantastic Friends

Why I wrote “Faustina’s Fantastic Friends”?

I always wanted to write a novel when I was a kid. I did it so many times but couldn’t get it published. But still, it was burning inside me. Then I wanted my friends to smile, laugh and get thrilled and take pride in the idea that I caused the smile on their face or their hearts to race. But my childhood revolted against me in the form of parental expectations, academic fear and other fears I would not like to share.

It was not always about me. Yes, writing can be mistook as a very selfish activity where only your version of the tale is foregrounded and your emotions surges tsunamis. That is not why I write. I write to share my inner feelings because deep inside me I have discovered that every human being faces the same problems as other human beings; it just gets disguised by identities and social constructions.We all play the same video game of life in different avatars, levels, stages and worlds. I write to inspire.

I wrote “Faustina’s Fantastic Friends”, a science fiction children’s fantasy, because I have a message to all the children in the world. I don’t want them to be like me; I want them to be better than me. They should learn to love themselves and be brave and divert their energies to soar towards the greater things in life. There are things I know today ( I am 29) that I wished I knew when I was a child. Things about the space, our planet, the environment, happiness, success and the soul within.

I also love children to read literature and create an awareness about the world of words. Believe me, nothing can give so much of bliss as the great stories of the world can give you.

A book is a perspective, but it can be a door that opens you to a thousand books.

Well, I manufacture doors.

A book is a drop of wisdom, it can be collected to form the sea of love.

Well, I am a sailor.

You can be anything you want if you love stories and dream of getting lost in imaginary worlds.faustinacovertrue

DENVOR FERNANDEZ

Author of Faustina’s Fantastic Friends