Thursday, April 21, 2016

Brilliance: A Book Review

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way.  Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

Brilliance

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way.

Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

"In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it." Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

I picked up this book expecting a book somewhat like the TV series "Heroes".  I like the premise of evolution giving humans "superpowers" that allow us to do more than regular people.  The story options are pretty extensive what you can do with this premise.

It's pretty impressive the things that the "Brilliants" in this book can do.  They don't fly.  They don't walk through walls.  They are just smarter and can "see" more than normal people do. 

Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed in looking for more of the brilliance in this book.  There wasn't a whole lot of character development and delving into the world of the brilliants.  It was the story of one single man and his "crusade" to catch terrorists.

It was a very action packed story and was fun to read if you just "went with it."  I listened to this book on audio on a trip and it was a simple story with not much depth to be missed while driving.


"The world would be a better place if people stopped voting for folksy candidates they could have a beer with and started voting for people smarter than they are." Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

There was an underlying theme in the book about the government having too much control in our lives.  The group that is responsible for watching over the Brilliants and the trouble they could cause had a lot of power and could do just about anything they wanted or needed.  This ended up being a problem in many areas of the book from the "schools" that the brilliant kids were sent to, to the "war" between the brilliants and the regular people.

In a political year, this was an interesting book if you wanted to read into the theme and think about where we are letting our government go.  But you had to take a lot of the leaps yourself.  The theme was buried deep and didn't have much depth to it, just the ideas there.  You could also leap around thinking about the fine line between keeping us safe from trouble in the world and our own individual freedoms.

All in all, I did enjoy this book.  I may even "read" the rest of the books in the series on my next trip.  It was an easy read with a lot of action and potential for a good series.