I had to give this book the full "listen for 2 hours, then decide" treatment. I'm very glad I did. What started out as a really predictable and, if ..Show More »I'm being honest, boring intro filled with forced scenes turned into an extremely engaging listen. As the story progressed, it didn't become less predictable, but the writing and storyline significantly improved. Fast paced and entertaining.
As most good sic-fi/alternate reality books go, this is easily read as an allegory. I am quite sure that is intentional.
If you haven't read the first one, this won't make much sense. If you have, and you liked it, this book will also work for you. It has the same kind..Show More »s of plot holes that most science fiction has -- particularly around the way national politics and the Presidential use of force are described -- but they're not any more problematic than most other such books. People have said the story seemed forced, but I don't agree. I think this is an excellent progression of the story and actually makes some of the more unlikely aspects of the first book make a bit more sense. If anything, this one may have been a bit more grounded. There is an assassin in this story that has a type of gift not described before and I thought it was very well considered. It's the sort of thing that definitely provides a big advantage, but is also one of the hardest to live with and both aspects were well described. The gifted in this book are less perfect than in the first, and the result is more believable.
Written in Fire completes the three novel Brilliance Saga. Note that these books MUST be read in order written or they will make no sense at all. ..Show More »r/> The genre of the Brilliance Saga is contemporary sci-fi; that is, it occurs in a fictionally faltered present. One percent of the populations are classified as brilliant. That one percent is discriminated against and they rebel violently.
These three books are likely destined to be classics, but probably as a single book. This saga is a must read even for those who do normally like science fiction. Luke Daniels does a great job of narration.
It is ironic that Written in Fire was released on the same day as Destroyer: Rewinder Book 2 by Brett Battles which is another much anticipated and unusual contemporary science fiction novel.