The Code of Manavas, Arpit Bakshi

Paperback: 295 pages
Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 July 2018)
Language: English



Book one of the Maha Vishnu Trilogy, The Code of Manavas, is set some two million years past ad 2050, when earth as we know it ceased to exist and so did mankind. A new race, the Manavas, now exists on Bhoomi, the erstwhile Earth, which is divided into two cities—Madhavpur and Ayudhpur. In the quiet and peaceful city of Madhavpur, a reclusive Krishna is busy with an immense task. He has to prepare a new abode for the Manavas before an impending apocalypse destroys them. He knows something that nobody else does—the Manavas are running out of time faster than they can imagine and there are no inhabitable planets to escape to. To make matters worse, there is someone in Madhavpur who wants to destroy Krishna and subjugate each Manava. The Manavas, it seems, are doomed. Yet Krishna knows there is a slim chance of survival for the Manavas, although there is a huge price to be paid for it. Will the various factions of the Manavas unite for the greater good? Will Krishna, who saved them during the turn of the last Yuga, be able to save them now? What will be the price to pay? Enter the mythical world of Maha Vishnu and get swept up in a fast-paced suspenseful narrative.


For thousands of years man lived in harmony with nature, but somewhere down the lane things went awry. The balance of life was affected and the earth we all know was no more. A new race of humans, Manavas, now stay in Bhoomi (erstwhile Earth). Krishna, Chief Scientific advisor, is the man behind the existence of Bhoomi. He found an element, Boomidium, that kept Bhoomi stable and the Manavas immortal. But now the Manavas are running out of time. Boomidium level is dangerously low and Krishna has to find another planet which supports life. Also someone inside the council is trying to sabotage his mission and destroy the Manavas. Will Krishna be able to save them again?

To be honest I wasn’t a huge fan of the terms like Boomidium, MagVahn, Brahmportation but I liked how the author had named all the characters after Lord Krishna; like Vasudevan, Shyam, etc, and the female characters as Meera and Radhika. The first half of the book is quite slow and it took me sometime to get invested in the story. The second half is fast-paced and filled with twists.

This book is part 1 of the Maha Vishnu trilogy, and if you love Indian mythology and sci-fi, then it’s a good choice.


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** I received a copy of the book from Rupa Publications in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**




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