Book Review: Not Worth Living For

The stories based on the concept of the utopian world always fascinate the readers. The mere idea of living in a cloud-cuckoo-land sounds so alluring, isn’t it? ‘Not Worth Living For’ is an offbeat story about two parallel worlds. While one of the worlds runs parallel to our own reality, the other seems more like an anti-utopian world where people are grotesque and are a promoter of the avant-garde. Unlike the usual love stories, this story is well-thought and well-implemented.

‘Not Worth Living For’ narrates a tale of Ishita and Shweta who are akin; their lives twisted around the same dark secret! While one (Ishita) struggles her way through the turmoil that life offers in the real world, the other (Shweta) finds it difficult to find allies on a strange planet called Isthenope.  A strongly knitted plot, this story addresses some of the most important issues that prevail in our society who looks down upon people who think differently. The story might be concocted but somewhere deep within our hearts and minds, if we brood, we can relate with the two characters. Quite often, the societal stigma becomes the major reason for succumbing to the dark world of depression.

Be it the parents or the friends, each sidekick plays a substantial role in this book. I didn’t find anything superfluous. However, the editing of the book is awful. With an extraneous cover, the book fails to leave a positive first impression. I wish it was proofread carefully because the content has quality for sure.

Bigfoot Publishers disappointed me with their quality, typesetting and font. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a brisk paced twisty thriller, ‘Not Worth Living For’ is the right choice. It has a balance of mystery, wonder, love and sorrow.

Best Wishes to the author!

Not Worth Living For

Author: Shreyan Laha

Publisher: Big Foot Publications

Rating: 3/5

About the Author

Enakshi Johri

Active blogger and writer, Enakshi Johri, is a regular author for Indus woman Writing. She is a postgraduate in Biotechnology. She has written several articles, stories and poems and most of her content has been published in the ejournal of IWW (Indus Woman Writing). She is working as a curator for ‘fiction magazine’ (an online magazine). She has contributed in six Anthologies so far. She is also a freelance book reviewer. She is a creative thinker and a passionate writer and loves to pour down her heart in form of words. She shares her experience and her perception through her website (

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