For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the 1 percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For thirty years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war.
The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle.
Nick Cooper has spent his life fighting for his children and his country. Now, as the world staggers on the edge of ruin, he must risk everything he loves to face his oldest enemy—a brilliant terrorist so driven by his ideals that he will sacrifice humanity’s future to achieve them.
From “one of our best storytellers” (Michael Connelly) comes the blistering conclusion to the acclaimed series that is a “forget-to-pick-up-milk, forget-to-water-the-plants, forget-to-eat total immersion experience” (Gillian Flynn). – Goodreads.com
While I didn’t read the first book in this series, Brilliance, I started with the second, A Better World, a book I completely enjoyed (review here), and was able to catch up, but I’d recommend starting at the beginning.
It’s been close to two years since I read the last book and, I have to admit, it took me several pages to remember some of the character details and their motivations, but the author works some reminders into the story, which allowed me to recall how much I like these characters. This is a super-charged, fast-paced book with little down time and you’ll want to finish it in one sitting.
Without giving away spoilers, something that happens with Nick’s character near the end felt a little too neatly packaged and contrived, and didn’t fit well with the story, but judging by other readers’ reviews, it wasn’t an issue for them. Guess it’s just a me thing.
Although the ‘heroes’ of this trilogy are well-written and admirable, the author has created some truly memorable ‘villains’, as well as a complex, highly imaginative plot based on the premise that people fear what they don’t understand. Sakey states this is the conclusion of the Brilliance Saga, but the ending leaves an opening to continue this series – something I wouldn’t mind at all.
I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.