Monday, June 30, 2014

Julie's Review: A Better World

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Author: Marcus Sakey
Series: Brilliance Saga #2
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Pages: 390
Obtained: Amazon Vine
Genre:  Dystopian, Science Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5
Bottom Line: Much love for this series that is out of my normal genres
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Grab!
Summary: The brilliants changed everything. Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we’d only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person’s most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us. Now a terrorist network led by brilliants has crippled three cities. Supermarket shelves stand empty. 911 calls go unanswered. Fanatics are burning people alive. Nick Cooper has always fought to make the world better for his children. As both a brilliant and an advisor to the president of the United States, he’s against everything the terrorists represent. But as America slides toward a devastating civil war, Cooper is forced to play a game he dares not lose—because his opponents have their own vision of a better world. And to reach it, they’re willing to burn this one down.

Review: Some people are power hungry and will do anything to ensure that they way they see things comes to fruition. Unfortunately in A Better World, these people work in influential positions. We continue with the story presented in the first book Brilliance and a lot of the players are the same with some new ones. Nick Cooper is the hero of the series. He's a brilliant who used to work for DAR before it was dismantled. Out of work or on leave, he is approached by the new President of the United States to serve in an advisory category.

While this is just as action filled as the first one, it is not without a lot of thinking. I often paused to think about what was being said and what that said about humanity. What does is say about us that we are willing to go to war, to fight because people have extraordinary abilities and some don't? It says to me that we will find something to disagree with, something to not like about someone and focus on the differences, instead of the similarities.

Mr. Sakey has intricately woven a story that is plausible if not totally probable. The characters are relatable and you root for them. You want Nick to succeed. You want him to be the hero he is desperate to be. Not only to his kids but for the rest of the citizens of the U.S. You want him to figure out the pieces of the puzzle and to put it all together in time.

What I love about this series is that it could happen. It's not so futuristic that you don't believe it. It is also very scary. It is scary how far people are willing to go to show how right they are. How they are power hungry. How they can't see straight because of their own mission. It is worry-some.

If you haven't picked up Marcus Sakey's Brilliance Saga, then you are missing out. These books have something for everyone. Believe me, these are not my usual reads and I can't wait for the next one to come out.



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