The first of the earthling trilogy

Exacting a terrible price, the nuclear apocalypse divided humankind into two: Mutated and Untainted. Kilia & Josh, child counselors for the United Nations, are tasked with telling this horrible truth to tween-agers. Yet forced to lie about their own feelings for each other.

Despite the UN’s efforts, life is harsh for Mutants and an underground resistance has sprung to life in the Quarantine Zone. Untainted humans living in the safety and comfort of a Terrarium, most of them migrant volunteers, remain blissfully unaware of things to come.

Under the watchful eyes of the Chief Administrator, life at the UN mission in Diablo Valley unfolds in mundane quietude.

But then, the universe begins to conspire...


I admire how well the author has crafted the plot and has put in all the twists in the best possible turns of the novel. The prologue to The Carol of the Reactors begins in medias res, and the sudden adjustment to a revelation is indeed quite difficult for any reader. However, the knots begin to get untied from Chapter 1 at a languid pace neither overwhelming the reader’s patience nor slackening the pace of the narration.

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An absolute delightful read which grips you from the get go. There are places where you hear a reference or two and want to high five the writer…

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The author has taken amazing risks and amalgamated various genres to bring this out. It has different elements and the author brings them when needed and makes them disappear when they are not. Even the characters are not given fixed places, but keep on shuffling when the book proceeds and this is what I loved. The book is narrated in a reverse manner, from the D-day day or the present day and again it's an amazing concept.

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For people who don't read much of this genre may find it difficult to decipher or understand the content of the book let alone the plot. However, as the book progresses the readers will succumb into the science fiction story etched here.

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The first three chapters of the book are available as a free preview.

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The list of characters with their associated tropes are available here.

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Conversations between Josh and Dr Hudson - two characters from the story, have been presented in comic book format in the book. This spawned a series of web-comics.

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Vishal is delighted to visit book-clubs and groups for readings and interactions towards the second instalment of the trilogy - Bibliothequa Diablos

He is also glad to share his personal motivations with writing, give context to the homages and references woven into the narrative and more than glad to do this on any forum.

To read an Author Interview, click here.

Especially keen on any engagement with fellow creators, Vishal is open to collaborations of any sort and presently actively seeking an artist to turn his first book into a graphic novel.

Please write to vishal@earthlingtrilogy.com to get the conversation started.