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A Better World (The Brilliance Trilogy Book 2) by [Sakey, Marcus]
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Book 2 of 3 in The Brilliance Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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“Holds the reader in thrall until the final crack of an unthinkable doom—then offers more. Cooper's fight demonstrates the importance of decency, principle, and love in a world where politicians' promises of ‘protection’ lead to the bitterest enslavement.” —Publishers Weekly

“A decidedly adult, disturbingly feasible spin to the dystopian future trend overtaking literature.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“An allegory of America devouring its own…A first-rate actioner forever pulsing forward, told in vivid, even poetic prose.” —Booklist

“Triumphant...Reads like a more gut-punching X-Men story told from a different perspective...Full of moments that will leave you gasping.” —Examiner.com

“Sakey is an absolute master of the suspense novel...The book moves with the speed of a cheetah on cocaine...One of the best books I have read this year.” —Crimespree Magazine

“A Better World shines.” —Toledo Blade

About the Author

Marcus Sakey’s novels have been nominated for more than fifteen awards, including the Edgar and two ITW Thriller Awards. His book Good People was adapted as a feature film starring James Franco and Kate Hudson. Three of his other novels have been optioned for film, including Brilliance.

To research his work, Marcus has shadowed gang cops, trained with snipers, toured the morgue, flown planes, rappelled with SWAT teams, hung out with spies, and learned to pick a deadbolt. He is the host and writer of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on Travel Channel, for which he is routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs.

Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

His website is MarcusSakey.com, or follow him on Facebook (Facebook.com/MarcusSakey) or Twitter, where he posts under the clever handle @MarcusSakey.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6407 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477823948
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (17 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IA7N7C8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 203 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As good as the first book was as bad is this. What happened?(besides to write a sequel as fast as possible)Nothing of the good writing is there anymore. the character that was strange and mysterious and interesting has changed to predictable and boring new ones. And the good protagonist has become sentimental and silly. Far from brilliant. Do yourself a favor if you liked, as I did, the first book and stay away from this. I drags down the whole saga...
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By Charles Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2014
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My review of 'Brilliance', part 1 of Marcus Sakey's Brilliance series, described it as 'original' but also 'predictably plotted'. The alternative reality the author had created was both believable and fresh (I'd dismiss the comparisons with X-Men; Sakey's Brilliants are not mutants and are not superhuman in the traditional comic book sense. There are no psychics or telekinetics on display here). However, the book was let down by a plot that felt derivative and pedestrian.

There was enough promise though, to make me pick up part 2 to see where Sakey took the wider story next and whether he managed to iron out the kinks present in part 1. The answer to the first question is that he takes the story somewhere I really hadn't seen it going and the answer to the second is yes, plot & predictability-wise this is a great improvement on its predecessor.

Like most opening chapters in an ongoing series, Brilliance had relied on a relatively straight forward, narrow, linear plot to establish the world in which it was set; in its particular case the all-too-familiar 'cop goes undercover to catch bad-guys and discovers hidden conspiracy' trope. In this respect it wasn't too different to the likes of Star Wars: A New Hope (a simple rescue the princess from the dark fortress plot) or The Hunger Games (basically 'girl must compete in fight to the death').

As with both the Star Wars and Hunger Games series, with the world successfully established in part 1 and the readership invested in the setting and characters, 'A Better World' allows Sakey the opportunities to broaden that world and offer up a more complex plot. They are ones that he takes.
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Imagine a world of mostly mundanes, and a minority of talented mutants. Set them into conflict with each other. Have the 'good' mutants try to integrate themselves into a society which regards them with suspicion. Have the 'bad' mutants start a new civil war so that they can take their rightful place as the leaders of the new world, a superior race.
That’s pretty much the backdrop to A Better World… and it feels an awful lot like X-men to me, too.

This is the second book in a series, and maybe I would’ve engaged with it better if I’d started with the first. However it wasn’t too tricky to catch up with the general plot – there’s a sizeable chunk of recap in the opening chapters – and the conflicting factions and their representative characters soon take shape.
The best parts are undoubtedly those where the Brilliants – the new breed who all have different talents, ranging from Tier One uberhumans to almost-normal lower Tiers – flex their talents. The best of the Brilliants is the bad guy who functions at super-speed or, rather, he perceives normal time at a snail’s pace. This gives him huge advantages in action against even other Brilliants, but means he’s numbingingly handicapped in every other aspect of life. He’s one of the few character in the book I would have liked to spend more time with. (There's more thoughts on the plot and characters at MurderMayhemandMore.net)
So A Better World does include some fascinating, original concepts which I’d have enjoyed exploring at the author’s leisure. However, the plot which serves them is considerably less fulfilling, and the sequences where ‘an ordinary guy’ comes to terms with martial law and the collapse of society are pretty humdrum, more ‘so what?’ than ‘what if?’.
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Wow! I am so pleased I stumbled across this book one when looking for a thriller to sink my teeth into. The premise doesn't sound that original but don't let that fool you - it's utterly gripping and at the same time very thought provoking. Marcus Sakey is a brilliant writer who has crafted engaging characters and a very clever plot.
I actually read the book one and book two in three days! I just couldn't stop myself. Cannot wait until Book 3!

Book 2 takes right up where Book 1 left off and things get very dark... I won't spoil it for anyone but you won't have any nails left by the time you read the last page. Loved it!
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This book and the one before that, "Brilliance", has been labeled as something new and hailed as more or less outstanding. I am sorry but I fail to see that. I have read both and found them to be very similar to a number of Sf and Mystery novels as well as a number of TV-series and Movies. In fact everything is so familiar that there is no surprises at all in the books. You know what will happen and how it will end.

Having stated that I also must say that the books are technically well written. The Story is more or less logical and the tempo is high. As a action type of story it is well done. But as often happens when you write these kinds of books the heroes and villains in the books turns out as more like brought out of a Marvel story than real life people. The US presidents are either horribly bad or weak and incompetent, the defense minister is a truly bad criminal, the girl friend of the hero in the book makes Wonder Woman look weak, the hero gets stabbed in the heart but goes into combat a few hours later since he "must", etc etc.

These books are a well done but they do not rise above a number of similar books. I will probably read the next one just to see if what I now predict will happen is confirmed.
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