Author: Gautam Mayekar
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Stoned is a creative work of fiction that utilizes elements from what’s happening around us. The author deftly uses the current situation at hand to use names that might just hit the target right. The story is about a young engineer who is considered to be talking/ communicating from the future and trying to make an attempt at establishing contact and saving the city. He is ostensibly stuck within a time machine while his sidekick, Mohit, tries to provide him aid.
The story is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that offers too much to digest. It has too many knots to be tied and there lies the biggest flaw, for the narrative is too taut to give any breathing space to the characters. The writing style is quite elementary too. However, I shall not refrain from giving the credit where it is due. The creative concept of drug abuse and the aftermath of playing with the composition of the drug is praiseworthy! Probably, a little more organization would have left me less confused. Nevertheless, the banter between Mohit and Amar is pleasurable to read. Also, the climax just passes the muster.
Overall, Stoned is an average attempt at sci-fi humour. If you are looking for something light and are not a language fanatic, this might be liked by you.
Best wishes to the author!
Buying link: Amazon