Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: Hackster by Sankalp Kohli & Paritosh Yadav

Technology has swallowed our lives like a lump of rice and made us dependent on its know-how's. Though it's a man-made affair it still has managed to spiral out of control. Authors Sankalp Kohli & Paritosh Yadav in their latest venture "Hackster" have tried to put together a technology inspired thriller to woo the readers. So will they be able win the battle of wits? Let's find out. 

What happened when people lost faith in the system? One stood up and opened the doors of a revolution. 
History has it that such men have the power to bring a nation to a standstill.Revelations of the past have shattered Vikram and left him in extreme agony. Fueled by the universe of vibrations and his father’s legacy, he must now trigger a digital revolution that will leave India leaderless. A special unit, CIST has been set up by the President to take on the growing cyber threats. Led by Arjun, CIST tracks down its target, but soon finds itself helpless in the kaleidoscope of cyber war.The Kingmaker of Indian politics shivers at the sight of the upcoming war. Who is right? Who is wrong? Who will reach the kill switch first?

First look at the title and the cover and one can see thriller written all over it. The cover looks good but not rock solid. A touch reality was required to it. The title just says a bit too much about the book. The blurb talks about the system and the nuisances of it. The blurb has few important insights about the story which could have been completely avoided. 

The story is set off in Mumbai where techie Vikram Singh Bedi is a hapless victim of the corrupt system. He seeks vengeance not old fashioned but something revolutionary. On the other hand a special task force CIST is on its toes to stop the waging war and bring things back to normalcy. But it's not easy. So in the world of tech. and internet  who will win back peace and who will have the upper hand? Only time will tell. 

The story is a wave of fresh air in the midst of some blooming genres. A critical catch is the blend of technology and thrill which adds spice to the story. Drama and emotions run high and all kinds of action is over loaded in the story. The unrelenting pace and the cat and mouse approach adds excitement to it. There's a whiff of "needle in a hay stack" kind of situation which sets it apart. 

The downside of the book is a weak and almost obscure antagonist. The sudden ness of events not matching up and let it drift into an awkward zone. The lack of punch and the obvious finish down marks the entire set up. 

All in all the book comes out as a presentable package. Though it loses out on some critical points but still keeps the sanctity of a tech. thriller alive. It's a change and that too a positive one. It breaks the monotony and goes on to justify its presence among the readers. A good attempt. 


3 OUT OF 5

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