A Better World

A Better World The brilliants changed everything Since % of the world has been born with gifts we d only dreamed of The ability to sense a person s most intimate secrets or predict the stock market or move

  • Title: A Better World
  • Author: Marcus Sakey
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  • Page: 119
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  • 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 most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptionald the rest of us.Now a terrorist network led by brilliants has crThe 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 most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptionald 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.

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      Marcus Sakey

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    1. Marcus Sakey is the bestselling author of nine novels, including the Brilliance Trilogy, which has sold than a million copies.His novel AFTERLIFE July 18, 2017 is soon to be a major motion picture from Imagine Entertainment and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer His novel Good People was made into a film starring James Franco and Kate Hudson.Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.Review Quotes Ridiculously goodSakey makes you grin at high flying feats of imagination, and then grin harder because he sticks the landing The master of the mindful page turner Gillian Flynn Nothing short of brilliant Chicago Tribune It s depth and intelligence and passion and emotion that set Sakey apart Lee Child Sakey reminds me why I keep reading Cleveland Plain Dealer One of our best storytellers Michael Connelly

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    1. Some spoilers for the first book in this series, Brilliance If it s any comfort to you, you re part of something bigger now An essential part of the planThis is how we build a better world Then he dropped the match killing an innocent truck driver who he had doused in gasoline Building a better world is a bloody business Because you re either us or you re them The theme running through this book is the conflicting view of what a better world is Is it a world where Brilliants dominate all aspects [...]


    2. We are never clever than in the creation of ways to destroy ourselves Marcus Sakey sure knows how to ramp up the suspense It was all I could do not to skip to the end to find out what happens A Better World, Book 2 of the Brilliance Saga trilogy, isn t as action packed as Book 1, but it s still high on tension and suspense Of course, there is action, but here the attention and focus is on maneuvering chess pieces on the board One main difference to Book 1 is that this one consists of multiple p [...]


    3. 3.5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2014 07 20 bI ve actually not read the first book of the Brilliance Saga, but was reassured when told I could read A Better World without having to tackle Brilliance first And that was absolutely correct Not once did I feel lost or confused, thanks to a detailed recap of prior events in introduction chapters As a new reader, that s always appreciated and I m sure those familiar with the series might also find the reminders helpful, if it s been a whil [...]


    4. I picked up this sequel immediately after finishing Brilliance, which I d really enjoyed I thought the set up had been just right for a follow up book so I was eagerly anticipating the continuation to see how the story would develop It picks up a month after the finale to the first book and one thing is immediately clear despite attempts to summarise the key elements of Brilliance it really wouldn t be possible to read this book without having already digested the earlier one There s just too mu [...]


    5. Ah with apologies to anyone who lives in MA and Amber especially may I just observe that there is nothing quite like a snowy day a nice apocalyptastic novel Especially since the 9 inches of snow we got is now almost gone I m not sure how I ended up with the second book in a series, or how I failed to realize that this was a second book until I was about halfway through with it, but this is still pretty swell for all that Sakey hints at things that have happened in the past such as Shannon saving [...]


    6. mybookishways 2014 06 Ok, so, here s what we know The brilliants , or abnorms, were first discovered in the early 80s, gifted folks who have startling abilities, folks whose intellects are far superior to normal people Since then, we ve made great advances in technology, thanks to these people However, normal people feel threatened, some than others Brilliant children are taken from their parents and put in academies, ostensibly to develop their talents, leaving their families devastated and th [...]


    7. 3.5 starsIn A Better World the action continues in Sakey s The Brilliance Saga, but the pacing is in line with mainstream thrillers, with the majority of the action coming near the end of the book While many of the characters from Brilliance are back, there are a few new characters that I felt connected to as well I don t read many series myself so I m not familiar with the story telling overlap that needs to occur With that said, I found the multiple rehashes from the prior novel did not add m [...]


    8. Sakey s A BETTER WORLD book 2 of the Brilliance saga is a great follow up to BRILLIANCE The characters become dimensional and real, the pace builds to an even intense level, and hidden agendas are revealed maybe BRILLIANCE A BETTER WORLD offer a highly imaginative take on an alternate reality where society continues to fear hate anyone who is different, or at least not fitting the normal mold The power struggles, hidden agendas, and devaluation of human life clearly continue the decline of the [...]


    9. A disappointing sequel to Brillance Nothing seems to happen The first book was worthwhile because it was like a pretty good action movie and because it introduced interesting characters A Better World doesn t have much in the way of action It also introduces about one new character with powers, and then solves that problem in a way that doesn t really make sense I don t believe that Cooper could view spoiler move faster than someone who experienced time ten times faster, even if Cooper could pre [...]


    10. It s been almost a year exactly since I read and loved the first book in Sakey s Brilliance series, Brilliance Needless to say, I have been looking forward to this one since finishing the first book s last page Sakey captures audience with his unique alternate reality In 1981, an emergence of special genius called brilliants changes society completely and changes the world Nick Cooper, brilliant and hero, continues to be the main focus of the series, but Sakey introduces some new and sympathetic [...]


    11. My ThoughtsA small percent of the population has been born with very unusual abilities Referred to as brilliants, abnormals or abnorms, some folks in the regular population are threatened by the idea that the abnorms will take over the world This story is the continuing struggle between the abnorms and the norms.I loved the first book in this saga, and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read book two A Better World did not disappoint Action packed and fast paced, this had great suspense [...]



    12. view spoiler PlotAfter the end of Brilliance, Nick Cooper was recruited by the new President of the United States to manage the rising crises caused by Nick s release of the video implicating the previous president now impeached in a mass murder plot So now instead of hunting down rogue gifted, Nick is battling corrupt forces at the White House.Meanwhile, Dr Ethan Park is caught is the crisis of the century a group of terrorists calling themselves the Children of Darwin have taken Cleveland and [...]


    13. Full disclosure I received an advance readers copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.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 Marcus Sakey s dazzling, creative Brilliance was one of the best books I read last year, so while I was tremendously excited to read A Better World, the second book in Sakey s Brilliance Saga, I was also a little hesitant Could it live up to my perhaps u [...]


    14. 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 I ve read some of Sakey s other books where pace was a problem and it seems he fell into that trap, once again In fairness, the final third of 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 that [...]


    15. A Better World picks up a few weeks after the end of Brilliance While this book would probably work as a standalone, it will make a lot sense if you read Brilliance first Important events in the first book are described in this book, but in a fragmented manner While I enjoyed this book, I liked the first one It raised interesting issues that aren t really advanced in the second book.Nick Cooper, the brilliant who works for the government, is still trying to save the world, pretty much single h [...]


    16. I liked the action in this second book in the Brilliance trilogy, where there is a war brewing between the Brilliants top 1% of the population and the rest of the population 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 Nick Cooper is semi retired when he is recruited by the new President as an independent advisor, where he finds himself in cabinet level meetings, preaching restraint against the terrorists [...]


    17. A Better World is the enjoyable sequel to Brilliance I d like to start this review by stating that I really enjoyed this book and it was a worthy sequel to an opening novel that I hold in high regard However, as much as I enjoyed it there were some rising flaws that niggled at me throughout the book Lets start with the good.This novel picks up pretty much exactly where the last novel left off and I am happy to say that the writing was just as good and you instantly flow back into the narrative a [...]


    18. Copy provided by NetGalley And I have to say, even though the book has been out for a couple of years, I hope that this is the old, uncorrected proof because the text was riddled with grammar and punctuation and spelling errors, which poke me unmercifully when I m trying to immerse Aside from my crankiness and cane thumping, this was a terrific read Even though there was one major unexplained Huh in the underpinnings view spoiler We never find out why, if the government can order up 75k soldiers [...]


    19. This sequel to Brilliance is a bit slower paced and drops you off hard at the end to force buying the inevitable next book in the series, but it was still a fun read I did feel that this second of the trilogy relied on formulaic stereotypes and that the character development completely stalled out If anything, some of my favorite characters were less interesting and nuanced in this installment There was so much he could have done with both Leahy and the President, IMO, and instead settled for [...]


    20. This book was wow.If you re into thrillers or sci fi, I recommend you check out this series The first book was great and this book pulled off an Empire Strikes Back and improved on the first one.During the last one hundred pages I could not put it down Ending it about half hour ago, I still feel like I ve been on a roller coaster ride.So we pick back up with Nick Cooper our sarcastic, cynical, Han Solo like MC, who is still recovering from events in the last book Nick is a Brilliant part of 1% o [...]


    21. This book is wet garbage Not that Brilliance was great literature but it was good, pulpy fun that I blazed through in 3 days THIS one took me a month to slog through, and I only finished it out of grim determination Not that it was worth it, what with the total cliffhanger ending if Brilliance read like the screenplay to a mildly enjoyable sci fi action film, this read like the pilot script to some shitty NBC adaptation of said film.Almost no new, interesting characters or twists are introduced [...]


    22. 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 t [...]


    23. It has been said that the earmark of a good sequel is its ability to stand alone When I requested A Better World from NetGalley, I didn t realize it was part of a series I decided to read the first few pages to see if it was readable with out the first installment of the Brilliance Saga It didn t take long for me to get hooked There are a lot of characters to follow in A Better World and Marcus Sakey weaves their stories together seamlessly The stakes are high, as high as they can be Cooper, Par [...]


    24. Certainement pas aussi bon que le premier tome Un 3,5 oui, mais je ne peux donner quatre toiles L intrigue ressemble trop celle du pr c dent livre, cela donne l impression de tourner en rond pour des grands bouts De plus, l volution des personnages, est presque absente M me personnages, m me mentalit , m me clich s, et peut tre m me un peu plus encore de st r otypes trop Le livre demeure divertissant, et je lirai sans doute le troisi me, mais c est tout ce qu il est, un divertissement, on est lo [...]


    25. Better than Brilliance But there were definitely things that bugged me Such as the rehashing of the first book, as if the author expected new readers to start on book 2, or that his readers wouldn t remember what happened in book 1 Also, a total cop out for one of the characters I can t say though, because it would be a spoiler Other than those things, I really enjoyed this book It was interesting and took things from book one even further It wasn t as predictable or clich d The writing wasn t [...]


    26. While still a solid thriller, I thought it wasn t nearly as good as the first book The story progressed, but seemed to have quite a few bits in the middle that were either slow, or very repetitive The characters also, had little development beyond what we were presented with in the first book Easy and fun to read, yes, but the first installment set the bar a bit higher I think than what this one delivered Maybe it was due to the first book, but I thought that this one could have delivered a bit [...]


    27. Knjiga ima predvidivih i kli eiziranih elemenata, osobito u karakterizaciji, ali u cjelini to dobro funkcionira Serijal je dinami an, zanimljiv i napet Drago mi je da sljede i nastavak ne u ekati, jer je objavljen ove godine.


    28. The sequel to BRILLIANCE, and both are brilliant Noir about spies with superpowers That s all you need to know.



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