By: Marcus Sakey
Published: June 17, 2014 by Thomas & Mercer
Length: 380 pages
Series: Brilliance Saga #2
Since 1980, 1% of the population has been born with extraordinary powers. These people have been labeled Brilliants or Abnorms. In the first novel Department of Analysis and Response agent Nick Cooper an abnorm who can predict what a person will do based on their body language, exposed his boss and the President of a terrorist act on American soil. In the aftermath John Smith who was the prime suspect has been exonerated. Now relationships between normals and Abnorms are at it’s worse. People believe Abnorms should be monitored and placed in brainwashing academies. And a new group known as The Children of Darwin have stopped all food shipments to three major cities. The world is on the brink of a civil war. Nick is offered a job as an ambassador from the new President. And travels to the New Canaan Holdfast, a safe haven for Abnorms. While there, an attempt is made on Nick’s life. Also a scientist has come up with a formula to make normal people into Abnorms. Both sides are doing everything in their power to obtain this powerful tool.
Really good read. The world feels very real. When I read the synopsis for the first book the first thought into my head was “knockoff X-Men” but while the Abnorms can be classified as mutants the powers of the Abnorms are all in the realm of very believable, there is nothing like flight or invisibility. One character has the power to not be seen by simple knowing where to be at the right time. The politics is very interesting. There is an inexperienced President who is being manipulated by the secretary of defense. Three American cities under siege, a scientist on the run with his family. It just kept the pages turning. I can’t wait to see how it all wraps together in the final novel Written in Fire. I highly recommend this series.
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