Reading: Brilliance

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

What is it?
Near-futuristic thriller

Who wrote it?
Marcus Sakey

What did I like?
In one word? Everything. There’s nothing about this book that I didn’t simply adore. This is seriously one of the best books I’ve read in 2013. Without giving too much away, this book takes place in the near future where a segment of the world’s society are born “brilliant.” That’s what everyone calls them, namely because they all possess some kind of enhanced ability. But it’s not like superhuman powers, not like the Marvel Comics. These are abilities like pattern recognition, mathematics, and logic. And when a Brilliant terrorist begins threatening innocent civilians, it’s up to Nick Cooper, an agent with a group called DAR, to restore order to the world. Nick Cooper is also a Brilliant. And what he has to go through to bring this terrorist to justice is nothing short of amazing.

But beyond having engaging characters and a compelling story, Brilliance is brilliantly written. Sakey uses metaphor like no other author I’ve ever read before. His descriptions and use of language take the art of writing to the next level. Reading this book made me feel like I needed to go back to school to learn how to write again.

I love being drawn into books, and I have a wild imagination. So I’m usually able to participate in the story as it’s being told, no matter what story I’m reading. But even then, I’m usually still able to pull myself out and interact with the world around me. But not while I was reading this book. Brilliance drew me in so deeply I lost track of time, of place, and of everything else going on around me.

What didn’t I like?

The only aspect I didn’t like about this book is that the sequel doesn’t come out until 2014‼

Should you read it?

Absolutely, yes. Be warned. It’s a “grown up” book, so it’s got some rough language and some violence. But everything I said above holds true. It’s simply one of the best books I’ve ever read. If you read any book this year, read Brilliance.

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  • Edith Wedel

    Totally agree on all you said! After you told me about this book I could not wait to get my hands on it – even went so far as to “pay” to read it! And – I am still happy and extremely pleased with this book. Thanks for your referral..