A Better World (Brilliance Saga #2) by Marcus Sakey

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 20797535most 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. – Goodreads.com

I have a habit of not realizing books are part of a series until after I get them from NetGalley; however, A Better World provided enough backstory scattered throughout the book that I didn’t feel as if I’d missed anything.  Although it’s second in a series, it could really be a standalone.

A fellow blogger (thanks, Therin!) said they thought I’d enjoy this book and I absolutely did.  Well-developed characters, a highly imaginative, suspenseful plot, concise writing, and superb pacing – I was hooked from the first page.

The list of characters ranged from a flawed, charismatic protagonist to loathsome politicians, to detestable villains, none of them one-dimensional and all essential to the plot.  The brilliants’ gifts were creative and unusual – not your average Marvel or DC types of abilities.  I’ve read many books where I felt as if the writing could have been tightened, but I found no fillers in this novel.  Every page advanced the story.

As I neared the end, I felt conflicted – I wanted to see resolution to all that was going on, but I also wanted to spend more time with these characters.  In a way, I guess I got both – a little wrap-up in some storylines, but also a third book in the series.

If you’re a fan of fast-paced thrillers that will keep you up reading for hours, this is your book.  I’ll be anxiously waiting for book 3 of this series.  A Better World is scheduled for publication June 17, 2014.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.


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