Critical Eleven – Ika Natassa

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344 pages

Published: August 2015

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Genre: Romance Fiction, Adult, Chicklit.

Language: Bahasa Indonesia

Dalam dunia penerbangan, dikenal istilah critical eleven, sebelas menit paling kritis di dalam pesawat—tiga menit setelah take off dan delapan menit sebelum landing—karena secara statistik delapan puluh persen kecelakaan pesawat umumnya terjadi dalam rentang waktu sebelas menit itu. It’s when the aircraft is most vulnerable to any danger.

In a way, it’s kinda the same with meeting people. Tiga menit pertama kritis sifatnya karena saat itulah kesan pertama terbentuk, lalu ada delapan menit sebelum berpisah—delapan menit ketika senyum, tindak tanduk, dan ekspresi wajah orang tersebut jelas bercerita apakah itu akan jadi awal sesuatu ataukah justru menjadi perpisahan.

Ale dan Anya pertama kali bertemu dalam penerbangan Jakarta-Sydney. Tiga menit pertama Anya terpikat, tujuh jam berikutnya mereka duduk bersebelahan dan saling mengenal lewat percakapan serta tawa, dan delapan menit sebelum berpisah Ale yakin dia menginginkan Anya.

Kini, lima tahun setelah perkenalan itu, Ale dan Anya dihadapkan pada satu tragedi besar yang membuat mereka mempertanyakan pilihan-pilihan yang mereka ambil, termasuk keputusan pada sebelas menit paling penting dalam pertemuan pertama mereka.

Diceritakan bergantian dari sudut pandang Ale dan Anya, setiap babnya merupakan kepingan puzzle yang membuat kita jatuh cinta atau benci kepada karakter-karakternya, atau justru keduanya. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Actually, last month I finished Critical Eleven, another Ika Natassa’s book. From what I observed through the teasers in her instagram it’s surely about relationship of Ale and Anya. Like Twivortiare or Antologi Rasa, well, I thought it was nearly like Antologi Rasa. I thought it will tell about their story from dating to wedding. From a hmm.. common couple? To husband and wife. I thought the main problem is like Haris’s and Keara’s, the fight, the past, problem solved and they get married. I though it was.

After I read it, it was totally different from my expectation. They had been married. Yes, it also told us about how they met, the dating, the wedding proposal, their relationship things before marriage, but just a little. Ika wrote it as a flashback.

The main story was about loss. Losing someone they love. Lossing each other presence because they still love each other, losing someone’s trust. It was also about forgiveness, regret. And like the other books, it was also about the life lessons. And like always, Ika shared many knowledges through her books. I know a little about coffe, health, job things and many more because of her. I love her books because they are realistic.

Her books are not like the others which tell us about a common girl who marry a prince charming. She gave us hot men!! 😀 Name it, Om Beno Wicaksono and Harris Risjad as the most famous men in her books. And now she added Ale Risjad. Overall it was good, really good, but the ending……


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