- Series: Pulse (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition (February 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062085764
- ISBN-13: 978-0062085764
- ASIN: 006208576X
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
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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.
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
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We learn that in the future, so many things will cease to exist, relying only on tablets. With the way the world seems to run nowadays, I can see this as a possibility one day. Shopping in stores is unheard of. It's something people used to to in the past. The empty buildings are the proof. Books? Who needs them when you have a tablet? School? That's just a building that Faith Daniels goes to while she learns from her tablet every day. Drugs? Yes, you even experience those on a tablet. So very interesting.
Meanwhile, the schools are getting smaller, Faith has now had to relocate three times due to downsizing, and her newest school has but one hundred and fifty students and shrinking. It's only a matter of time till it shuts down like all the others. And where are the parents in this matter? They have no real care for the children anymore. The main thing is when they have decided to move over to the States. There is no turning back.
Rumor has it, in the States, everything is better. But it's a choice to be made. Faith knows her day isn't going to come. The Drifters have something to do with that. And when two new students show up at school, everyone seems to know that there's something different about them. But just what is it and how will it come to effect Faith?
So many hidden secrets are hidden in the pages of Pulse. There are so many characters to grow attached to, so many that hold secrets from Faith. When it all starts coming to surface, you'll find yourself shocked and desperate to know more.
The world building in the book is insane. It felt very familiar and plausible. Everyone in the book is tied to one another through a tablet -- much like an expandable iPad. They make all of their purchases with it, study on it, read on it, watch TV on it and even communicate with it. It's not so different from where we are now. The mention of old malls, and abandoned stores such as Old Navy and Macy's made it seem even more familiar and that much more haunting.
All of the characters were interesting, but I never fully connected with any of them. Faith is the focus of the story, but I was actually more captivated by Wade and Cora. The two of them are deliciously evil. Liz, Faith's BFF could have been developed more. She was probably the flattest of all of the characters. I liked Hawk, Faith's new, geeky, computer-hacker friend, and I liked the mystery surrounding Dylan.
With that said, I have to admit that I almost DNF-ed this one. The writing style wasn't gelling with me. There was a lot of head-hopping and despite the awesome world-building, I wasn't connecting with the characters or the story. About 130 pages in, my curiosity was peaked enough to continue on to the second part of the book. It was then that the action and development picked up a lot. By the time I hit part three, I was totally invested, and by the time I finished, I was completely hooked.
Despite a clunky beginning and a style that just didn't grab me, I ended up really liking the story, even though I wasn't completely invested in Faith. There's a lot happening between the pages and if you can make it through the setup, you're in for a wild ride. It took some time, but it did finally grab me. I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series!
AND, in case you're wondering, Patrick Carman is seriously one of the nicest people ever. He made sure to spend time talking to each and every person that came up to get a book signed, AND he brought cake on a stick! (Pretzel stick dipped in frosting. Gotta love an author who brings sugar to their signing!) He spent at least five minutes talking to me about my own book I've just finished, AND referred me to Lindsay Cummings (who's first YA is coming out summer next year) because she was at the signing, too. And p.s. she was also super nice and super helpful. Can't wait to read the book she wrote! But in the meantime, you should check out Pulse. Interesting, realistic take on what the future could look like in the next century.
There were a few things that I didn't like though. One of those things was that it was written in a girl's point of view when the author was s guy. Now I'm not saying that that's a bad thing, and actually most books are like that where the author is writing from the opposite gender, but he...I don't know, it's hard to explain. You might understand me if you read the book. The other things that I didn't like was that I stopped in the middle of the book. But I think that was because of school projects. And if you're wandering yes I finished the book.