Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?
One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.
But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.
The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?
I received a copy of Aru Shah and the End of Time from the UK publisher. Roshani Chokshi is one of my authors. I am a huge fan of how she combines Hindu mythology in a fantasy style.
This book is #ownvoices for Indian American representation.
Roshani Chokshi writes the most beautiful descriptions. I was enamoured by the horses made out of rose petals. It’s such a joy to read her books and to feel her descriptions come to life in my imagination, and this book was no different.
I adored Aru and Mimi, and I thought it was lovely that it was made clear that this book will focus on Indian girls as main characters. We definitely need more representation. Aru and Mimi are so different, showing that a group is not a monolith. Mimi is always saying that people could die from this or that, which reminds me of myself, and made me like her a lot!
I was so into the fact that they actually mentioned that they have 6 seasons. It’s nice to read something that mentions that not every region in the world has 4 seasons!
The book is firmly situated in the present time, which is made clear by many references, such as taking photos by Instagram. It’s wonderful to read a book that does not try to be timeless, but rather knows that there is an advantage in being as it is.
I gave a silent cheer when I read the word “Lanka” in the text. It’s always nice to see a book reference it!
The glossary was one of the most hilarious that I had EVER read. I loved the small side comments that Roshani Chokshi had included.
Aru Shah and the End of Time is a wonderful middle grade book! I loved reading all about Aru’s and Mimi’s adventures, and it was lovely to see how solid their friendship was!
Will you be reading Aru Shah and the End of Time? Have you read any of Roshani Chokshi’s other books?