Aru Shah and The End of Time | Roshani Chokshi


Aru Shah and The End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Out now from Rick Riordan Presents; 368 pages

Content Warnings: Minor violence

Author Bio: “Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.” (Bio taken from the author’s website.)

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“People are a lot like magical pockets. They’re a lot bigger on the inside than they appear to be on the outside.”

Aru Shah is an under-appreciated seventh-grader. She is seriously awesome, or at least she likes to make people believe she is. When Aru gets the opportunity to impress her classmates and secure her status as well-liked, she jumps at it. But things take a sharp turn when Aru discovers she’s accidentally unleashed an ancient Hindu demon set upon destroying the world. As the Sleeper makes his path of destruction, it’s up to Aru, with the help of a few friends, to save the world, and prove herself in the process. 

Roshani Chokshi is an author of many talents. I was first intrigued by her ability to use great dialogue and intricate settings to craft a story in one of her other novels, so my expectations for Aru Shah and the End of Time were high. Boy, did Chokshi deliver. Filled with humor, magic, and self-discovery, Aru Shah is a story that just might give Percy Jackson a run for its money. I loved getting more familiar with Hindu mythology alongside Aru and her friend Mini. Chokshi did a fantastic job of teaching sweeping epics while keeping the fast pace of the story. It felt like every page offered a new adventure. If you’re looking for a middle-grade novel that will sweep you off your feet, look no further. Aru Shah and her friends will keep you reading for hours. 

PRR Assistant Director, Sophie Applin