"The battle continues between the norms and the abnorms for their place in an ever evolving world."
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted May 15, 2014
Over 30 years ago, the first "brilliants" (called abnorms
and gifted) were born with a variety of exceptional gifts,
which gave them great advantage over normal people. Since
then, both factions have struggled to deal with the
differences between them and what it will mean for the
world they inhabit. Scientists have been working to
ascertain why some people are born gifted while others are
not. What is the variable, and can it be controlled?
There's a new President of the United States, and he wants
Nick Cooper on his team. As an abnorm, Nick used his
special gift when he worked for the DAR (Department of
Analysis and Response). He will do whatever it takes to
make a better world for his family, since his daughter is
also gifted. Nick hesitantly accepts the president's offer,
even though he's unsure about the motives of the other
Insidious acts of terror have been instigated by the abnorm
group Children of Darwin throughout the nation causing not
only unrest, but riots in the streets. Three major cities
have been cut off from all supplies. Chaos and paranoia has
neighbors turning in neighbors, friends turning in friends.
John Smith, leader of the Children of Darwin, is no longer
seeking equal rights for abnorms, but what is his final
goal? Has he discovered some way for the gifted to
dominate? It's obvious that a lack of confidence and the
troubling conflict between norms and the abnorms will
define the world to come.
Master storyteller Marcus Sakey continues his
remarkable Brilliance Saga with A BETTER WORLD. Using
deftly layered narrative and precise characterization,
Sakey provides readers a thrilling experience in an
alternate world that's all too believable. The explosive
conclusion of A BETTER WORLD provides the catalyst for the
next installment in this outstanding saga, which I cannot
wait to read.
The brilliants changed everything.
Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd
only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most
intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move
virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled
with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the
rest of us.
Now a terrorist network led by brilliants has crippled
three cities. Supermarket shelves stand empty. 911 calls go
unanswered. Fanatics are burning people alive.
Nick Cooper has always fought to make the world better for
his children. As both a brilliant and an advisor to the
president of the United States, he's against everything the
terrorists represent. But as America slides toward a
devastating civil war, Cooper is forced to play a game he
dares not lose — because his opponents have their own
vision of a better world.
And to reach it, they're willing to burn this one down.
From Marcus Sakey, "the master of the mindful page turner"
(Gillian Flynn) and "one of our best storytellers" (Michael
Connelly), Book Two of the Brilliance Saga is a relentless
thrill ride that will change the way you look at your world
— and the people around you.
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