Book Title: DareDreamers : A Start-up of Superheroes
Author: Kartik Sharma and Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma
Total Number of pages: 288
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Publishing Date: 14th August, 2018
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 hellbent 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 title gave me the impression of a repeat plot of some start-up story, but as the story progresses you realize what is different about this one.
The initial chapters focus on Rasiq, an IIT alumni who pursues investment banking from IIM and gets placed as an analyst in a reputable firm during his campus interview. Rasiq feels like all his dreams have come true. This dream soon turns into a nightmare when the job costs him everything that is precious to him – his sleep, his social life, his girlfriend and when that wasn’t enough, it slowly starts taking away a piece of his soul too, turning him into the kind of man he despises. It brings him a handsome reward at the end of each month, but is that enough?
One fine day Rasiq decides that he has had enough and tenders his resignation. He faces the music from his parents with a brave face but eventually the arguments get to him causing him to leave home on his bike in a fit of fury. He meets with an accident which sows the seeds of his new venture in his mind.
Over the next few months, Rasiq assembles a team of unique assortment of people who possess a distinct skill set but are either outcasts or dissatisfied with their lives or wish to do something more meaningful. They want to do something larger than themselves.
Their start-up is a novel rescue service whose USP is the immediate response and unique skills of the team members that tailor the rescue plan according to the circumstances at hand. A few struggles and impromptu rescue missions later, they manage to bag a handful of contracts which attracts attention not only from public but competitors and rivals too.
The story takes you through an interesting turn of events. How do the DareDreamers save themselves from the nefarious schemes of the rivals? Do they manage to salvage their start-up and their reputation or is the end a sour one for them? Read on!
The authors manage to weave an engaging tale. The interaction between characters is relatable, although I would have loved to see more depth to characters other than Rasiq. At no point the book makes you feel like it has been written by two authors, father and son, no less. The idea and writings amalgamate beautifully. The concept is interesting too. The writing simple and lucid and the story flows with an ease.
My Rating: 4/5
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