Book review | DareDreamers by Kartik Sharma and Ravi 'Nirmal' Sharma

Author: Kartik Sharma and Ravi 'Nirmal' Sharma 

Genre: Adventure, Fiction

No. of pages: 296

Published by: Rupa Publications 

Published on: 14th August 2018 

Format: Paperback 

My rating: ★★★★★

India’s first start-up of superheroes with a mission of saving lives is here to kick ass.

Rasiq is riding the highs of life thanks to his successes as an investment banker. But his arrogance soon gets the better of him and he ends up losing everything he holds dear.

Managing to salvage only his grit from the wreckage, Rasiq reboots his life and teams up with five uniquely talented superheroes to start a rescue venture DareDreamers. These superheroes Nick: a crazy inventor; Halka: an inhumanly strong man; Arjun: a champion shooter; Natasha: a Bollywood stunt-double; Dr. Vyom, a medical Sherlock Holmes; and, of course, Rasiq: the mastermind combine their unique talents to deliver spectacular rescue operations. Their skyrocketing success, however, comes at a price an enemy hell bent on tearing down their fame and reputation.

Will DareDreamers defeat its wily adversary? Or will it become yet another failed start-up?Treachery, action and adventure come alive to make DareDreamers a page-turner.

The story starts with Rasiq riding a high horse about his reputed job and high pay, but gradually his world keeps crashing down when his girlfriend breaks up with him. In order to search for happiness again, he gives his thoughts a chance to drift. He then realizes that he hasn't been doing what he wants to do. Rasiq leaves his job, convinces his parents and decides to start a Start-up. But the catch is, what Start-up should he start? 

When Rasiq meets with a life-threatening accident he comes up with an idea. A Start-up that will rescue people when in trouble. Usually ambulances and fire trucks take hours to reach the emergency site, but DareDreamers would reach the spot in minimal time. With his unusual team of rescuers, Rasiq starts his start-up whose main aim is to help people in emergency situations. 

This book is an absolute page-turner. When I first read the blurb I had expected some usual wannabe superhero book, but I was blown away. The book comes with a concept, the concept of when-science-meets-superheroes. 

More or less 50 pages in, and I was hooked to the book. The plot starts with a good pace and it picks up soon after Rasiq leaves his job. The first half of the story focuses on the build up, while the second half is action-packed and climactic. 

The story has a comical tinge to it. Especially the parts which includes Rasiq's father. The characterization of his father is well done by the authors. The jokes he cracks, his puns and his enthusiasm gives a happy vibe to the book. And while mentioning about jokes and puns, I'd like to mention two other characters who absolutely stole the limelight - Nick and Vyom, who comes with the craziest ideas and inventions when it comes to rescuing people. We even get to see Rasiq's well-established character. He is dedicated and motivated. The pecularities of each and every character, including the secondary characters, are well portrayed by the authors. 

The second half of the book brings you Bollywood-ey flavours, where Rasiq and his team convinces for investment through unconventional ways that will make the readers go wow, and then enters the villain of the book who tries hard to bring down Rasiq and his teammates. I would rather not tell anything more because you all need to read it to be amazed. Then there's this climax full of action scenes in foreign places. 

All these spices up the book and makes it both a complete travel companion and an entertaining read. 

This is the second book I read from these authors and I absolutely love how they narrate their story. They have their very own style of writing which includes layers of emotions in it.  The way they deliver their dialogues is also commendable. The detailed descriptions of situations and the scientific bases behind the inventions mentioned, helps the readers grasp the story better and makes reading the book thoroughly enjoyable. 

Kartik Sharma is an alum of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, who pursues his passion for writing while working as a public health professional. He leads the difficult life of an optimist. Kartik’s father Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma is an alum of Delhi College of Engineering. After being a serial entrepreneur for more than two decades, he now works as a creative conceptualizer. The duo is Delhi-based.

I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review 


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