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Product Details

  • Series: Pulse
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006208576X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062085764
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-A mix of dystopian, adventure, romance, and superhero origin tale, this book covers all the bases admirably as long as readers are able to suspend their disbelief. Faith Daniels lives in between the strictly government controlled Western and Eastern States, in a zone whose population is dwindling daily through the promised advantages of immigration to the west or east. She also has the Pulse. Dylan has been watching over Faith to find the right time to explain about the supernatural power of the rare few who have it. As events unfold, he is forced to reveal his secret and hers. Faith must adjust not only to her newfound powers but also come to terms with the loss of her parents and the unexpected murder of her best friend. All this must be done pronto, as the evil forces that wish to kill the duo and rule the world are gathering. Faith and Dylan find an ally in nerdy genius Hawk, who is able to hack into the tablets that control all communication and information. As Pulse comes to a close, the forces of good and evil face off for a showdown. Faith, Dylan, and Hawk await the chance to use their intellect and powers to save the world. Engrossing and suspense-filled, this book is sure to find an audience, and readers will eagerly await the sequel.-Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Set in a darkly dystopian future, Carman’s latest is a thriller in which the future of civilization is, rather predictably, once again at risk, though exactly why remains unclear. Nevertheless, only three teens can save it: Faith and Dylan, who have telekinetic powers called “The Pulse,” and Hawk, who doesn’t but has the advantage of being the smartest kid in the world. Could the forces of evil, which also have superpowers, have a chance against this trio? Well, in a word, yes. Otherwise there would be no story. The characterization, especially of the evil forces, is rather one-dimensional, and the occasionally thin plot is plagued by inconsistencies. Still, the action, especially in the last third of the book, is sufficiently fast-paced to carry the day and set the stage for volumes two and three of this planned trilogy. Teens will doubtless welcome this latest addition to the field of postapocalyptic fiction. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fans of the author’s best-selling Dark Eden, Skeleton Creek, and Trackers books will be eagerly anticipating this start to a new trilogy. Grades 7-12. --Michael Cart

More About the Author

I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins Publishers.

I've been fortunate enough to have had some bestselling series work: The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot's Park, 39 Clues, and Skeleton Creek. Here's a fun note...the books have been translated into approximately two dozen languages. Currently I'm developing a few new-media projects. Check out DARK EDEN to experience this type of cross-platform project.

When I'm not writing or creating a story, I spend my free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball and tennis, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with my wife and two daughters.

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This book was ... not good--and I really tried to like it.
Novel Teen
Because of this blunt way of describing both characters and actions, I never really felt like I connected with any of the characters or story.
Enna Isilee
The pace of the story is rather slow, it picks up enough in the middle to keep me reading, but overall I was just not impressed.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Avery Greaves on March 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book, this book was one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2013- it (supposedly, I personally find the synopsis to be quite misleading) possessed all of my most favourite things in it, action, adventure, superpowers, and a hint of romance (not to mention a cool cover). However, I must admit that it was one of my most disappointing reads. Ever. Where it would typically take me a day, two at most, to read a book of this nature this took me near a month as I was only able to read a few pages at a time before setting it aside.

One of my largest problems with this book wast the writing style- while I appreciate the fact that Carman wrote it in a third person omnipresent style, something that I have been extremely intrigued by/ find lacking in YA, I didn't find it to be all that successful. At times it was extremely difficult to determine who Carman was referring to as, in a single paragraph, he would jump between three characters thoughts/ actions. Furthermore, you'd think that with such a writing style that all of the characters would be extremely developed, but I didn't find that to be the case- I found them to be one-dimensional and "stereotypical" (bland female character that the reader can insert herself into, guardian who looks over her/ who borders on being creepy, dorky sidekick who is a social outcast, sister character who is mad at her brother for showing an interest in the bland girl, etc.).

Additional elements which irked me were the pacing, insta-love (to an extent), and a lack of answers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AJ TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2013
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This is the kind of DNF that makes me mad. HarperTeen, in general, publishes great books. They have a solid reputation for delivering solid stories and captivating characters. What's more, they have a huge publishing machine to throw behind their titles and get tons of publicity, awesome covers, and often movie quality book trailers. PULSE should have been a perfect example. The cover is killer, the trailer looks awesome, and the premise sounded even better. So where exactly is the book to match?

Beuller? Beuller?

I was shocked from the first page. And no, not in a good way. The writing is...wow its bad. It was like reading something intended for third graders...or at the least written by one. I kid you not, the whole thing was written like, "Faith was scared so she...this made Faith happy so she...Faith was sad..." I couldn't make it far enough to even get to anything interesting plotwise. By chapter five I was so ready to be done with this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Misty Baker VINE VOICE on June 5, 2013
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I am a sucker for Dystopian literature. This is not a big surprise, as I'm certain most of you have discovered my Dystopian Bucket List by now. But what you may not know is the why. While I think the relationships formed inside quality dystopian literature are easily some of the most compelling these days, it's the social structures that keep me coming back.

Let's face it, the world we live in is not perfect. Painfully so. And at any given moment we could be victims of an environmental meltdown, a historical study on the effects of nuclear fall out, or eaten by a few incredibly large, very angry killer tomatoes. And while the life changing event itself will be noteworthy (especially if our vegetables start to rebel) how we SURVIVE that event will define future generations.

How we rebuild. How we reestablish community. How we take our situation and morph it into a home.

THOSE are the elements that keep me coming back to dystopian literature. To read about "struggle through acceptance." To envision NEW worlds - good or bad. To bask in the glory of differences. To picture buildings rising from the ashes, laws established and the challenged. To experience survival.

So imagine my disappointment when "Pulse" was 1% foundation, and 99% selfish girl - saddled with a creepy technoholic tween, and a quazi-superhero who harbors some very serious "Peeping Tom" tendencies.

Oh Mr. Carman...you broke my heart.

"In the year 2051, who has a pulse?

With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a "pulse," and Dylan has the talent, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Morrigan Alexandros VINE VOICE on April 23, 2013
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The year. 2051. Dystopian world. Cause. Environmental kaputz. People stay in dome like states in order to safeguard the earth, or something along those lines. The book was rather vague into all the world building. We only get the gist at the end, all neatly tied in a few pages. Faith is special because she can move things with her mind. There are bad people in the world. Dylan is a boy that helps her discover her powers and her mission. Blah.

I had high hopes for this book. It had received great buzz in many of the book blogs and it had a great media campaign. It was a dystopian book, right up my alley. Well....You know how you sometimes can't put down a book? Well, this wansn't it. I couldn't stop putting this down. I had to force myself to finish it. This book was so dull and boring, full of two dimentional character who are suddenly the most important people ever. Yawn.

The writing....Lemony Snickett's books have more mature writing than this. (i loved those books.) But, those are for kids, you may say. Well...that should tell you something. Let me put it this way, the world building, characterization, show of emotions is done mostly by the author, Patrick Carman, telling you ...no, spelling it out for you: Faith is sad, but she doesn't know it is about to get worse. Faith was scared, little did she know things were about to get worse. And so on. This is not a young adult book, it is barely a middle school one, 6th grade reading level. Actually, this is way below a 6th grader's level.

The characters. As mentioned, they were two dimentional, never fully developed characters that did things just because.
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