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
You're introduced here to a new America, on the verge of imploding; not from external forces but from within. This will keep you listening into the night if you're not careful.
Good character development but their personalities were a little bland. Without the narrator's creative voice giving personality tothe characters I probably would not have finished the book even though the plot and such were actually pretty good. I'm not sure about picking up the next book in the series because although I don't regret listening to this I don't feel highly compelled to listen to a continuation of it. ~JTC~
A story about a pending civil way of the ultra smart vs the normal crowd, reminiscent of Amped.
My only complaint is with the narration. All the male voices had similar accents. Was that the Chicago gangster or the primary bad guy?
The story is somewhat predictable but well written. The narration by Luke Daniels is excellent. Made me search for other books he narrated (there are many!).
Off to the next book in the series.
I have listened to all three books in this series. This first book sets up the characters, but there are times when the plot is predictable. However, the story picks up and becomes more complex in the second and third books. The author had a clear idea of where the plot was headed, and some things in the first book make more sense later. The idea of gifted individuals is not new, but I liked how the brilliants' abilities are not as flashy as what you would see in superhero movies. The narrator, Luke Daniels, is one of the best narrators I've heard. He was specially great at making action scenes come alive.
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