It’s quite interesting when familiar characters return to a familiar setting but with a new story set to unfold. That’s kind of what happens in this book, though there is, I feel, a familiarity to some parts of this novel in that story too.
Two years after the events of ‘When Our Worlds Collide’, Zayn and Akriti are now leading extremely different lives. Akriti has come back from her stint at the business school and running her mother’s café. Zayn has run into trouble in his PhD program and has come home for a break. While he thinks that things are just as he’d left them two years ago, that is far from the truth. In a last ditch attempt to make Akriti remember the connection they had once shared, Zayn tries to recreate all their memories. But things are never the same when collided worlds meet again.
As with the previous novel, Aniesha does justice to the main characters while trying to give the secondary characters closure to their parts in the journey. Akriti’s character takes on more responsibility, jumps more into daily life forgetting to live and instead just existing. At times, it makes me wonder when she’ll snap. Zayn weaves in and out of the storyline, more in than out. The character I want to read more about is Riley.
I don’t quite know if this second book is better than the first, but it certainly doesn’t feel boring to read. I could somehow expect certain things to happen in the plot, and it did, so slightly disappointed that it played out to expectations. The language is quite simple and has its appeal no doubt, but I could catch maybe a couple of formatting glitches. No biggie but still, given I’ve come to expect brilliance from Aniesha, I’d say that could have been avoided too. I liked the cover of this book better than the earlier one.
I’m always going to read Aniesha’s books when they come out. They are fun to read, and this was too. Here’s hoping the next one from her is not too far off.
Title: When Our Worlds Meet Again
Author: Aniesha Brahma
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
No. of Pages: 160
Publisher: General Press
Rating: 7 out of 10