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
I read tons of contemporary sci-fi stories. In my opinion, Brilliance is near the best of them.
Brilliance is a thriller mixed in with a conspiracy set in a slightly alternate reality. The world here contains a minority, 1 percent of society is 'gifted' with super natural abilities. There is a clash between the gifted and the normals. Think X-Men, only instead of fire bolts coming out of eyes, think people with the ability to read patterns & by so doing, have an advantage over everyone else. I think this premise is very cool. It is not set in a comic book world where super hero's thrive, instead the world is filled with savants that have a hard time coping with those around them.
Before listening, I read some of the reviews. I disagree with several that say this is a 'slow' story. The pacing is excellent. Sakey has a gift akin to Grisham or Patterson. You are sucked in right away. Its not action such as nonstop fist fights, but action where the main character is trying to find out about himself.
Very good characters. Very interesting alternate reality. The story is well written. The narration is first rate.
I think the only fault I can find is the story becomes more than a little far fetched in places. If I were writing it, I would have gone for a slightly darker take on things. Wouldn't have reached quite so far. But over all, I have to say this is a first rate thriller/sci fi story.
If you've read Childhood ' s End, by Arthur C Clarke (not seen the TV mini-series, which was not a good representation of the book), while this trilogy takes a completely different direction, is well done and frankly very close to Clarke's. In that I mean in quality, presenting a situation where we have to solve this dilemma, without the aid of aliens, without losing our children, and frankly it does a great job of pulling off such a tough problem. Not to mention that when this trilogy started it hadn't been discovered that homo sapiens and australopithecus actually weren't enemies, in fact they frequently lived together and even, "mixed." Other forces lead to their extension, not conflict. There is even evidence that early man was much less violent! Note Clarke didn’t know this either. However, Marcus Sakey seems to be more on point on this. While this trilogy begins several years ago (which foolish lead me to believe it would be complete, however, I had to wait till early Jan. 2016 for the final installment), so expect there maybe elements a bit out of date, but that in no way hurts the narrative! on this subject, the books are narrated by Luke Daniels, who is one of the better narrators you'll find! Three dimensional characters, a seat of your pants adventure, and an extremely plausible story are just some of the interesting points. Not to mention villains that would make Bond run for cover, even extremely moving emotional elements! If you aren't looking only for a space adventure, this is a great read!
Listened to this audio book nonstop. Narration was great. All the twists & turns leads right to the next book. I am going to book 2.
Gives you action when you want it and some background so your not lost. For a first start of 3 books hopefully the second keeps up with the first will find out shortly. good listen. if you like plot and action.
Smart and unique storyline. Listened to this book obsessively. Stayed up way too late more than one night. It's late but I simply MUST start the second installment of this story NOW...
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This book is about genetically mutated people who have particular individual skills far and above the normal humans. Our hero has just a little bit better intuition. I liked the setup and the ideas of what might happen in an alternate universe with just a few "brilliant" individuals. After reading/listening for five hours, I gave it up--cut my losses...just not very interesting and did not make me want to avoid other things to keep reading. The "brilliants" did not display their super powers very much and it became just like another shoot-em-up cop saves the world. The plot is evident and the ending predisposed about a third or the way through it. Much potential, not demonstrated. I'll take the Brilliance series off my list.
the whole book is such a treat.
I like the way that even though it is fiction, it feels like something like this would be possible.
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And everything in between.
I only got this book on a whim, but it paid off big time! It was written well and felt jenuin.
Honestly I ummed and arrred about picking this up. It's one of those books which seems highly recommended but the blurb doesn't scream "THIS IS SOMETHING YOU'LL LOVE".
Well go read it. It's extremely well written, full of technology, agendas and other things I'm afraid to name for fear of spoilers (okay now I see why the blurb was a bit meh). It's taken me around 2 days to finish, playing it during breaks, commuting and any other moment I can make an excuse for popping my headphones on :)
If you like Daemon, or Ready Player One, or Dead Six, chances are you'll enjoy this. Also, Luke Daniels narrates it, which is coming to be a stamp of approval by itself.
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