The Servant Boy: A Rags to Riches Novel
by Reesha Goral
Publication Date: 1st December 2016
Blurb from Goodreads: The Servant Boy highlights the adventures of Zayne Shah, a young man who lives through the most horrific disaster his village, Saidpur, has ever seen. An epidemic has unknowingly raged through Saidpur and is taking the lives of umpteen folk before his eyes. Zayne is determined to find a cure to the mystery, at whatever the cost may be, even if that cost is a price he cannot presently afford.
Zayne goes through a series of ups and downs as he takes you with him, embracing life through vivid details, all of which include paradoxes that anyone from any walk of life can relate to: life and death, happiness and grief, love and envy, friendship and animosity.
Although The Servant Boy is a multicultural novel, and will appeal to those that will enjoy learning about the colorful and vibrant culture of Pakistan, it will also enchant those who enjoy mystery, fantasy, adventure, friendship, and romance. There is something in the novel for everyone.
Cover Page: I usually don’t prefer cover pages like this but here it goes with the book perfectly. It have a mystery yet powerful look.
Plot: As the summary says, this story is about Zayne and how he tackled various aspects of life. I’m pretty sure I didn’t want to read it at first. But as I started I was mesmerized by the work. Set in Saidpur, a total unknown place yet it felt like I was picturing myself there with the descriptions. The plot very fluently and easy to understand. As for character development it was good for Zayne but not so for some other.
- “Man spent decades creating modern technology and medicine. Man was the best companion. Man made offspring. Man designed and built the tallest skyscrapers. Man went to the moon. Man felt with heart and thought with brain. But at the time of death, man was useless. “Here.”
- “the texture of a man’s palms determined how hard he had worked in his life.”
- “It was as if I was born a musician, and God handed me a guitar, but forbade me to strum it. ***”
Overall: This book deals with one of the major problem of society i.e. poverty, social status. The author beautifully described it. Zayne’s character was easily felt. He was a simple yet ambitious person. What I liked most about him was his hardworking and optimistic nature.
The descriptions that author used to describe the surrounding was amazing. I liked how simple yet deep they were. This book is a good read if you want to add a new Mutli-cultured novel on your shelf. 🙂
**Received an e-copy from the Author in exchange of an honest review. Thank you!**
Reesha Goral was born in the chilly winter of the late 80’s. She was raised in Northern California, and that is also where she graduated from University, attaining her bachelors of science in business administration. After graduating and working for some time, she decided to further her education and attain a J.D. degree. One night, while prepping for her law school examination, she began writing pieces of a story from her imagination. Those pieces later became her novel, The Servant Boy. She completed the story in two and a half years. Shortly after its completion, she was wedded. The year succeeding she gave birth to her first-born; and the year following that one, her novel, made its debut in Istanbul, Turkey, where it was translated and published under the title Uşak. It was then later picked up and published in America, where it was originally written, and by it’s authentic title, The Servant Boy. In inspiration of writing The Servant Boy, she was deeply impacted by her many visits to Pakistan. She frequented Pakistan so much, at a point it almost became like her second home. She was deeply impacted by her social engagements during those travels. On an account of engaging with an unsheltered woman, she spoke, “People are dying of hunger every year. They are people with bare necessities who have to instead improvise, with barely any. And that only makes them living, lifeless people.” Her various other personal experiences, research, and imagination assembled the rest of the novel. She now resides in the East Coast with her husband and their son.