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A Better World (The Brilliance Trilogy) Paperback – June 17, 2014
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“Holds the reader in thrall until the final crack of an unthinkable doom—then offers more. Cooper's fight demonstrates the importance of decency, principle, and love in a world where politicians' promises of ‘protection’ lead to the bitterest enslavement.” —Publishers Weekly
“A decidedly adult, disturbingly feasible spin to the dystopian future trend overtaking literature.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“An allegory of America devouring its own…A first-rate actioner forever pulsing forward, told in vivid, even poetic prose.” —Booklist
“Triumphant...Reads like a more gut-punching X-Men story told from a different perspective...Full of moments that will leave you gasping.” —Examiner.com
“Sakey is an absolute master of the suspense novel...The book moves with the speed of a cheetah on cocaine...One of the best books I have read this year.” —Crimespree Magazine
“A Better World shines.” —Toledo Blade
About the Author
Marcus Sakey’s novels have been nominated for more than fifteen awards, including the Edgar and two ITW Thriller Awards. His book Good People was adapted as a feature film starring James Franco and Kate Hudson. Three of his other novels have been optioned for film, including Brilliance.
To research his work, Marcus has shadowed gang cops, trained with snipers, toured the morgue, flown planes, rappelled with SWAT teams, hung out with spies, and learned to pick a deadbolt. He is the host and writer of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on Travel Channel, for which he is routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs.
Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.
His website is MarcusSakey.com, or follow him on Facebook (Facebook.com/MarcusSakey) or Twitter, where he posts under the clever handle @MarcusSakey.
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primarily sci-fi, in the world itself, but also cop/spy type action, heartwrenching drama, a bit of romance, and creepy thriller with lots of twists. The change in the main protagonist (and other characters) throughout the series is a fascinating journey, and the author lends a huge dose of real-life cred in many situations where Nick Cooper's attempts to make a difference fail, or have unexpected outcomes. This kind of detailed, almost realistic story is exactly what I look for in science fiction novels, and it delivered a surprising 100% (I usually expect less from books that I purchase for $2.00 a piece!).
Sakey has created a world in which it was discovered that starting in 1980, for inexplicable reasons, 1% of children were born as "Brilliants", who possessed savant-like talents and abilities like predicting with great accuracy what people will do or are thinking by observing subtle behavioral reveals, or who can interpret data well enough to predict the stock marker well enough to amass a $300 billion fortune and force the closure of the stock markets as we know them today in our world. And our world, at least in America (there is nothing about how the rest of the world is faring so far in the series) is not in such great shape.
As A BETTER WORLD opens (immediately following the events in BRILLIANCE), three cities are burning, due to terrorist attacks and incitement of rage of norms or straights (the non-Brilliant 99%) directed against the abnormal or twists (the Brilliants). Nick Cooper, previously a agent of a governmental agency that hunted and assassinated twists even though himself a "Tier 1" brilliant who can read peoples intentions to act based on body language and other physiological tells, is now an advisor to the POTUS, after finding and revealing evidence that cause the previous president to resign and the government agency that hunted twists to be disbanded. If you are starting to feel like you've seen this before in an X-Men movie or comic book, you're right, sort of. But in Sakey's world the "mutants" can't fly or shoot laser beams out of their eyes, their gifts are completely mental and much less superhero-like. And the writing, plotting and pacing are ... brilliant!
The character development is excellent. Nick is divorced with 2 kids. His ex-wife, with whom he is on great terms is a norm but his daughter is a Tier 1 twist who is in danger of being taken away from her mother and placed in one of the government-run "schools" that are really more like prison and brainwashing institutions. This galvanizes him into action leading to all the events in BRILLIANCE, that include a serious reconsideration of who and what he is and in whom and what he believes. He is helped along the way by Shannon, another twist, but she on the terrorist's side. Their relationship evolves and the conflict between twist and straight is explored in greater depth in A BETTER WORLD, along with the psychologies of those leading the terrorists and those who just want everyone to get along. Not surprisingly, there are some of both on both sides.
There is climax that ends with a bang but it is obvious that there is more to come. AndI can't wait. In addition, Amazon's unusual Kindle Worlds allows other to write and e-publish their own fiction based on the work of other authors (with certain form constraints) and Sakey's BRILLIANCE series has already generated a few of these so you don't have to wait for Sakey if you want more of this world.
Very Highly Recommended.
Set as a sequel, "A Better World" follows the story of the primary characters set forth in the initial volume. One of the aspects which delighted me in the first book was the inherent conflict and difference of ideologies between primary characters and how / if they resolve them. That thread is expanded to terrific levels in the second book.
The pace moves along at a very crisp rate and Sakey adds action to propel the story and raise the stakes as needed. The primary characters are well-rounded, with personal agency and flaws aplenty.
There were several specific elements in the work which really caught my attention.
The author creates a "pseudo" love triangle to a degree of depth and complexity which I've not read before. I imagine he could've taken the "easy road" and filled the conflict with tropes and minor twists; but instead he goes all in to make it an authentic and vibrant relationship among all three participants.
Secondly, there were a few moments of heavy-handedness in the plot, but he does a great job of stretching towards the ceiling of disbelief and pulling back *just* short of extending credibility.
And finally this book is an excellent example of the "Yeah, But" theory of escalating action combined with setbacks / greater stakes. Just when the reader is prepared to breathe a sigh of relief, a completely unforeseen, but entirely plausible complication arises which tosses the "plan" into the crapper and forces significant plot / character change.
A few of the twists were telegraphed, but even in those cases, the twists make an extra 90 degree turn to take on an entertaining and new direction.
I felt the climax of the work was a bit rushed, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
Another great book by Marcus Sakey.