Needless to say, fear is spreading, and New Canaan Holdfast, a reservation of sorts for brilliants, headed up by a very wealthy and shadowy figure, may be the only hope for them if war does break out. But what I struggle with is the lengths their fears are taking them too and the actions that are being perpetrated by supposedly sane and educated people. I just did a google search and nothing was found…Thanks! But as some within the president’s administration scheme behind the scenes to move the country even closer to the brink of war, Cooper once again finds himself, his family, and his country in far more danger than he could have imagined. It was interesting and took things from book one even further. The comparisons between this and X-Men are pretty apt. What this tactic really does, however, is trap the cities’ residents inside, and they soon become hungry, cold, and desperate.

Every page advanced the story. The plot — Things ended on a pretty sour and worrisome note in Brilliance , and this book picks up from there. Could it live up to my perhaps unrealistic expectations? THIS one took me a month to slog through, and I only finished it out of grim determination. There were only a couple issues that took away some of the impact, which I think bears mentioning. A Better World tried to incorporate some elements of a political thriller into the story, but I found these characters not well developed and a bit shallow.

Marcus Sakey has done a wonderful job of that with the brilliants but where I feel he marfus falling behind in this area is with the antagonists.

When you read a series of books, you always hope that the next book will be as strong if not stronger than the one that preceded it.

In the meantime, I’ll revel llot the first two. All in all this is an excellent sequel to a brilliant first novel and I now eagerly await the release of the next in this ongoing saga. A secondary protagonist is introduced, since we needed the perspective of ANOTHER grimly determined family man on the run in this book.

“A Better World” by Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer, 2014)

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Attractive norm woman, 37, seeking T1 wodld level brilliant based on a rating system] for a night of passionate procreation. In fairness, the final third poot the book goes down like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day with a pace and excitement that are really great, but in retrospect, so much of the buildup to th I was really looking forward to this second installment of the sakeey but frankly, throughout most of it, I found the pace of the original to be lacking and that was a big problem for me.


At the conclusion of the first book, one of the characters tells the protagonist that his actions will only make the world burn. Open Preview See a Problem?

Everyone is aware of the atrocities of the concentration camps in the second world war and I can’t see that today’s society wouldn’t figure out what is going on and stand against it. However, I’d strongly recommend starting with ‘Brilliance’ to learn about the characters. I hate wasting time going over what happened in the previous book. And the ending promises interesting things for the next book in the series making the whole series worth while. You could pick up A Better World without reading Brilliance first, because it gives you enough background to totally understand what came before, but I’d suggest reading the first book first, so you can be dazzled, too.

Book 2 of The Brilliance Saga. While still a solid thriller, I thought it wasn’t nearly as good as the first book.

While it is not necessary to read the first book, many of the characters return and some of their motivation is rooted in the first book. But they weren’t all fun and games.

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Wogld choice gave the reader a much wider view on what was going on in the world as well as exposure to perspectives from all walks of life. Meanwhile twist Nick Cooper szkey whose talent is reading body language – has been asked to work for the new President of the United States, Lionel Clay. We’ve already discovered the big news about this alternative world, so most new innovations were merely incremental additions. Retrieved from ” https: I found I cared about them, worried about them.

While this book would probably work as a standalone, it will make a lot more sense if you read “Brilliance” first. If I have any criticism of A Better World, it’s that I’m not a fan of those books and movies that use crooked, dangerous people within a government acting on their own contrary to the leaders’ wishes as a plot device.

I’ve read some of Sakey’s other books where pace was a problem and it seems he fell into that trap, once again. Anyone know when the next book in the Brilliant series is coming out? I was really looking forward to this second installment of the series but frankly, throughout most of it, I found the pace of the original to be lacking and that was a big problem for me.


A different villain would have been more believable. X proves to be prophetic. But I kept thinking, what if I’m wrong? Our Goodreads lists are an eclectic assortment of genres — and we love to share our thoughts. Sakey makes you grin at high-flying feats of imagination, and then grin harder because he sticks the landing. It seems as though in an effort to create an environment that would legitimately raise tensions between two factions in America to the point of creating a civil war, the author has stacked the deck to make it easy to sympathise with the brilliants.

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Of course many brilliants’ abilities are much less powerful if still impressive. I look forward to the next installment in the series. Would it remain true the story Sakey so deftly created?

Because I did twenty men and women died screaming, burned alive. Eakey with subtly this is a strong tool but done a little too much and it makes the reader feel manipulated and I find that uncomfortable. Sakey never gave convincing reasons why Smith wanted war, and why he would suppress something that would make everyone brilliants. The characters become more dimensional and real, the pace builds to an even more intense level, and hidden agendas are revealed maybe?

This sequel to Brilliance is a bit slower paced and drops you off hard at the end to force buying plpt inevitable next book in the series, but it was still a fun read. The persecution of gifted, forced registration as well as the thinly veiled glamour that hides what are basically concentration camps are all things I find it hard to wrap my head around. This prejudice has given rise to a splinter terrorist cell called the Children of Darwin, who cause acts of violence which cripple three cities.