Book Review: Resistance by Samit Basu

  • ISIN: 9781781162491
  • Genre: Fantasy Fiction
  • Publishers: Penguin Random House
  • Price: Rs. 599/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
In 2020, eleven years after the passengers of flight BA142 from London to Delhi developed extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires, the world is overrun with supers. Some use their powers for good, others for evil, and some just want to pulverize iconic monuments and star in their own reality show. But now, from New York to Tokyo, someone is hunting down supers, killing heroes and villains both, and it’s up to the Unit to stop them…

Behind the book


About the author  

Samit Basu is a writer of books, films and comics. His first novel, The Simoqin Prophecies, published by Penguin India in 2003, when Samit was 23, was the first book in the bestselling Gameworld Trilogy and marked the beginning of Indian English fantasy writing. The other books in the trilogy are The Manticore’s Secret and The Unwaba Revelations.

Samit’s other novels include a YA novel, Terror on the Titanic, and a superhero novel, Turbulence. Turbulence was published in the UK in 2012 and in the US in 2013 to rave reviews. It won Wired‘s Goldenbot Award as one of the books of 2012 and was’s Book of the Year for 2013. All five of Basu’s novels have been Indian bestsellers.

Basu’s work in comics ranges from historical romance to zombie comedy, and includes diverse collaborators, from X-Men/Felix Castor writer Mike Carey to Terry Gilliam and Duran Duran. His latest GN, Local Monsters, was published in 2013.

Samit was born in Calcutta, educated in Calcutta and London, and currently divides his time between Delhi and Mumbai. He can be found on Twitter, @samitbasu, and at

Me thinks

After reading Turbulence I was dying to finish this sequel to that much exciting title. And now that I am done I don't know what to do in the real world. I am as lost as I could be ever!

Coming to the review this book can be read as a standalone too without having read the previous book. Though it does make it much more exciting and thrilling if you have read how this alternate world came into existence in the previous book. Though the beginning does get a bit confusing at you try to get a hang of all that is happening in the book. Perhaps the only minus (though I wouldn't want to call it that) is that there are too many characters to keep a track of in the story and hence the confusion in the beginning before you finally get a hang of it and are ready to embark on the adventure the author has promised you in the book.

As always his writing in this one too is impeccable and leaves an impression on the reader but somewhere you tend to compare it with Turbulence and it fails there. It cannot match the exuberance of the first book for reasons I am not able to describe in words. But then it would be unfair to compare the two books. It is like expecting J K Rowling to recreate Harry Potter Magic in every book that she writes.

The alternate Universe created by the author is completely believable and his descriptions have the power of transporting you into that place making every moment come alive. This is a book where I can claim that the superheroes become real.  It ensured I was constantly on the guessing game as to who is triumphant at the end of the book. I liked how the author maintained the same tone throughout the book even while dealing with scenes which had graphic descriptions of violence. It never went to a level where I could call it gory perhaps that is one of the reasons what makes the book so enjoyable a read.

Strongly recommended for all fantasy lovers!

Foodie Verdict

This book is like Mixed Fruit Halwa - a perfect amalgamation of all the good things on the shelf! (Read: words)