Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series)

Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who 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?

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on March 27, 2018 by Rick Riordan Presents
ISBN-10: 1368012353
ISBN-13: 9781368012355
87 Book Reviews
  • zoeyyang
    zoeyyang4 months55 stars
    • andrewliu1003
      andrewliu10034 months55 stars
      I love this book! It has a lot of humor and I love the details and how aru 'defends' her classmates, like, THAT WAS SO FUNNY! I love this book😍🥰😘(also now you know why I changed my avator name to "the_pandava_aru lol
      • andrewliu1003
        andrewliu10034 months55 stars
        I love this book! It has a lot of humor and I love the details and how aru 'defends' her classmates, like, THAT WAS SO FUNNY! I love this book😍🥰😘
        • literarylupine
          literarylupine5 months55 stars
          Aru isn't a rich snob like the other kids at her prep school. So, it only makes sense that she'd pretend to be one, right? Wrong. While the little white lies she's spewed about having a chauffeur in Paris, or a yacht, or a mansion (when in reality she lives in a Hindu mythology museum her mom curates) haven't had any dire consequences so far... this one might. What was it? She may have said the museum's Lamp of Bharata was cursed. And in a desperate attempt to prove herself to her classmates, she may have released a vengeful demon into the Otherworld and frozen the entire human population in time. No problem, though, because Aru is actually a reincarnation of one of the five Pandava brothers! (Now THAT's a thing you can brag about to your classmates.) Along with ornery pigeon Boo and quirky but lovable Mini, Aru needs to save both worlds- with only a golden Ping-Pong ball and Spider-man pajamas. How will she do that? Find out! This book made me laugh so hard, because the humor and characters are so genuine to actual kids, and don't seem like they're acting way older than they really are (like most books portray them.) It also taught me things I never knew about Hindu mythology! Would recommend!
          • flowerpotter
            flowerpotter8 months55 starsFeatured
            Spider-Man PJ's?? You have to start laughing when you hear that. The first book of the padava series, the nostalgia. Anyways, back to the review. This book showcases all of things you would see in a Rick Riordan book, but somehow manages to keep on top and stay with its hilarious but yet serious tone. We see that in Aru's point of view it really is a joke and it's becoming a reality for her. Who can't forget the overprotectively obnoxious Mimi?! (p.s not an animal!) As we move along the story we have the "rich, and popular" kids and pressure Aru into lighting the lamp that her mom had specifically said NOT TO LIGHT THE LAMP. As the Hindu myths come together and build the world as many people think that are myth, Aru Shah and her spider man pajama's, are going to have to say the world. Plot: The plot rises up as a steady but also quick tempo. We already see that Aru is deceiver as she tricks everyone into thinking that she drinks exotic drinks for Paris bakery's when her mom goes there for work trips. The plot quickly picks up the pace again, as I said in the intro, that "the rich, and popular girls/and one boy" pressure her into lighting the lamp. BIG MISTAKE. As the Sleeper is freed the Otherworld is in massive danger. We soon meet Mini, her pandava soul sister, a reincarnation Yudhistira. And she is known to be super overprotective, worrying about death. Oh wait a minute she is the daughter of Death how nice. Characters: Aru: She is obviously the extremely funny protagonist, we tends to have inside thoughts but never share them as for later book in the series, but if were talking abut this one, she basically has no companions early in the story but meet up with Mini: Mini is a very small girl, hence the name, and is very overprotective of her friends, she even get worried if Aru trip. NERD. But all those things aside, Aru and Mini compliment each other with their own strengths and weaknesses, as Mini thinks before getting into a situation while, Aru just goes as whatever is scenario is given to them, Boo: You're probably guessing oh a person! Well your wrong and right, Boo is a pigeon, who can talk, he is thousands of years old. Why is a pigeon you may ask? Well his real name Shakhuni who is the great deceiving sorcerer. Who led the Pandava brothers in exile hundreds of thousands years before. Aru Sha and the End of Time is a remarkable book, any Rick Riordan fans go rush there in 3 seconds and buy the books and read it in a day. I know you guys are like addicted and don't have anything to read so you just keep on reading the Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Trials of Apollo, and all the other Rick Riordan series. I did too but until I found out about this great author named Roshani Chokshi I was all in. Automatic 5 stars
          • awesomekitten
            awesomekitten8 months33 stars
            This is a pretty good book!!
            • wolfiedream
              wolfiedream9 months44 stars
              Hello it's Wolfie and since I haven't been doing these lately, I decided to do one on the book I was reading, Aru Shah and the End of Time! So far, this girl lives in a museum about Hindu mythology, and goes to a nice, fancy school where everybody has rich parents and complain when their yacht is getting fixed. The downfall is, she doesn't have anything nice, much less something crazy like what the other students have. And for that she gets bullied. One day before Spring Break the rudest students come and try to peer preasure her into lighting the cursed lamp, which would destroy the world. If u wanna know if she does light it, and the world ends, or if she can save it, read the book! (Even I still haven't out TwT)
              • coolshadowgrl
                coolshadowgrl11 months55 stars
                so good you should read it!!!
                • ananyadhar05
                  ananyadhar0511 months55 stars
                  I loved reading this book.
                  • pandagirl1235
                    pandagirl1235about 1 year55 stars
                    so good do you think. i love it so munch