The Greatest Game by Greg Rajaram – Book Review

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Book Name – The Greatest Game

Author – Greg Rajaram

Blurb –

Ever since humans became self-aware, we have struggled to find the meaning of life. The price we paid for becoming intelligent was to become painfully ignorant of the difference between good and evil.

Adi, a 10-year-old boy, works together with two old philosophers as they try to unravel the prophecy of a promised King. With an insatiable curiosity, Adi must work with the wise men as they rationalize with each other on why and how humans became intelligent. Together they attempt to answer some of the most profound questions related to existence. Does evolution end with human beings or is there an ‘Overman’ who can reach evolution’s pinnacle? Will this Overman be able to define values for humankind?

Centuries later a young boy promises his mother that he will always uphold the love that she has taught him. It is a promise that drowns him in the nectar of the gods. Krish grows up to be an engineer and joins a team of scientists as they try to create artificial consciousness in a machine.

Krish soon realizes that he has a bigger fight on his hands. A fight to preserve love in a desolate world. His quest for true love ultimately leads him down a path where he comes face to face with a fearsome snake delivering a kiss of death.

Humans have come a long way by questioning the nature of objects around us and pushing the limits of our intelligence, but it’s now time that we ask the greatest question yet: when does intelligence transcend to become consciousness?

Review –

The Greatest Game by Greg Rajaram is a thought-provoking book that will make you question life and how it came into existence. The author takes us on this amazing journey of discovery of spirituality, philosophy, and anatomy of life. It is a confrontation of good and bad, angel and devil,
love and hatred, empathy and arrogance.

This story is about a ten-year-old boy who is on this journey of finding answers along with two philosophers. It speaks about their deep conversations, their ideas, and their thoughts. The story goes on in different timelines and I feel that is the beauty of this book. It takes you through the past and present in the most seamless manner without you actually know about the same. The transition is done excellently. I am all praises for the author for chalking out and narrating this story so well.

The Greatest Game is an engaging read that will keep you wanting more. There were times when I was confused about the incidents in the story. However, all the confusion was cleared as I progressed with the story. The narration is done well. The plot and narration have the capability of hooking you up with the story in a way that you keep wanting for more.

The author has sketched the characters thoughtfully. I felt connected with them as soon as I dived into the story. This book has made me realize many things about life that I was aloof about.

I would rate this book with 4/5 stars.

Ratings –

Cover – 3/5

Characters – 4/5

Story – 4/5

My overall rating for The Greatest Game by Greg Rajaram is 4/5 stars.

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