From Marcus Sakey, "a modern master of suspense" (Chicago Sun-Times) and "one of our best storytellers" (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.
©2013 Marcus Sakey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio
some of it was far reaching but overall I enjoyed it. it is science fiction but takes place in 2013. interesting.
Marcus Sakey and Luke Daniels brought the world of Brilliance into full bloom. The story was set to a good pace where the good guys weren't pure and the bad guys had great insights.
The story and the Narrator.
The plot for the story was great. Superhuman abilities that enhance humans enough to change the world but not so far as to get into flight or lasers.The powers were more realistic and easy to believe and the Descriptions really let you imagine that these Abnorms could exist.
I really enjoyed this book and am off to buy the sequel right now. If you like, Spy thrillers, Superhuman Abilities and Conspiracies, Pick this up.
The story was great. I really enjoyed the plot. The only thing was the narration. The main character sounded like a voiceover from an old PI movie, and every other character sounded like a Jewish pharmacy owner from 1960s New York.
I saw this recommended on many must read list and I finally got around to trying this and it was fun. I thought it was an enjoyable listen nothing too complicated but it kept you guessing a bit.
"Very thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi"
I can put this book down so to speak I do listening to it in the car at the office before bedtime is outstanding very futuristic very creative!
"Great book that draws you in"
I would recommend this audiobook, it's a well constructed world that gives a new take on ordinary superpowers, it builds a vivid picture of society slowly collapsing in on itself. With twists and turns abound I was hooked and had to stay in the car just to listen a little longer!
Roll on book 2!
"A really enjoyable read."
Exciting, engrossing, enjoyable!
The plot and the characters. Pace.
Well read, good characterisation of the different characters.
It was a really exciting book, great plot, good idea, and read and written at a good pace. The concept is believable, and is presented in a good manner.
I would recommend this book. Would love a sequel.
"Interesting premise, could be developed further"
Action sci-fi thriller which wants to be a Hollywood movie. Interesting premise - from 1981 on, 1% of children are born with special powers. Not really super-powers like flying, bending spoons, but with extreme pattern recognitions and similar. They are known as "Brilliants" and as they grow up, they start changing the world. American society is polarised and split into normals and "abnorms".
Story will probably evolve into followups - in this one, we follow Agent Cooper fighting against "abnorm terrorists" (being abnorm himself). Story is interesting and tense, with some unexpected but also some very expected twists. However, I think author did not manage to use idea's full potential. Action sequences are interesting and characters well built, but as I see it, story is basically taken from Al-Qaida attack on WTC and then continued on basis of many conspiracy theories evolving after.
Besides that, I would have liked to hear more about the impact on the world - authors focuses on America, and rarely spreads focus out of his main characters.
This book dives headlong into a very fast paced story with lots of suspense, thrills and action. I like Nick Cooper's character and the way he develops throughout the story, the conflict he feels because he himself is a brilliant yet his job is to pursue them. And then everything is turned completely upside down and Nick doesn't know truth from lies or who he can trust. A gripping plot, which is also very thought provoking, and a nail biting conclusion, along with a first rate narrator. Really glad there will be more!
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