Thursday, February 18, 2016

Julie's Review: Written in Fire

Author: Marcus Sakey
Series: The Brilliance Trilogy #3
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Pages: 345
Obtained: Amazon Vine
Genre:  Science Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Bottom Line: Epic Ending
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Summary: For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For thirty years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war. We failed. The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle. Nick Cooper has spent his life fighting for his children and his country. Now, as the world staggers on the edge of ruin, he must risk everything he loves to face his oldest enemy—a brilliant terrorist so driven by his ideals that he will sacrifice humanity’s future to achieve them  

Review: Written in Fire is the conclusion to Marcus Sakey's wonderful, thought-provoking The Brilliance Trilogy. Not only is it the titular battle between good and evil it will also decide how the future will look. We come back to the point in the story where events have happened that caused an even greater divide between the abnorms and the norms. We are very close to having a civil war with no turning back. This is where Nick Cooper comes in. For years he was a DAR agent until he decided that he needed to work on his own. This battle is personal for him as he and his daughter Kate are both abnorms.

Nick is still on his quest to defeat John Smith who is bent on destroying how the world works and not for the better. He has his own agenda and doesn't give a damn who gets hurt while standing in his way. Nick feels that there's a better, more meaningful way to accomplish change than to destroy everything.

There are twists and turns throughout the book but never once did I think that Nick wouldn't be successful in his defeat of John Smith. Obviously, nothing is as easy as it would seem and there are hiccups along that way that couldn't or maybe should have been foreseen.

What this series has highlighted for me is that as humans we will always, unfortunately, find people to be prejudice against. We always have to find a group of people to try to rally against. The Brilliance Trilogy has made me stop and think about how we treat each other and how we can control events that go on around us. We do have control of our future and we should use that for good, for change.

This series was definitely out of my usual genre and while I would consider it dystopian, it is much more hopeful than others in that subgenre. I am happy that I got out of my comfort zone to read this series and I encourage you to do the same.

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