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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Across the nation, telepaths are rounded up and sent to the beautiful mountain town of Brightside. They're told it's just like everywhere else, probably even nicer. As long as they follow the rules and don't ever think about leaving. Joe Nolan is one of the accused, a man who spent his life hearing things people left unsaid. And now he's paying for it on his hundredth day ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 31st 2012 by Vincere Press, LLC
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Jenny Huapaya
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
You know sometimes when you wish you had the ability to do something extraordinary and how cool it would be? This book explores what could be the consequences of having this ability. Of how fear and paranoia can control a nation and how something as simple as choice is taken away because of that fear. This book is fantastic! I could not put it down (hence why it only took me a day to get through). It kept me hooked from beginning to heart-pounding end. I thought the timeline was easy enough to f ...more
Chris N
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to read someones mind, to hear their every thought. Might sound good, but it really isn't. Joe Nolan is a Thought Thief, one of many who can hear the though of everyone around him. He is one of many who have that ability, including his father. Deemed dangerous by society and politicians Thought Thieves are rounded up and put into a place called Brightside, which is no more than a glorified prison camp dressed as a gilded cage. Hearing every ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
When I first began "BrightSide" I wasn't sure I was going to like it. It began a little slow for me and I wasn't sure about the style of writing. However, because I was intrigued by the subject matter of the book, I continued...and was pleasantly rewarded. As the story progressed so did the energy. I liked the use of flashbacks and feel they worked better to explain the main character's personality and state of mind than if we had met him in childhood. While I was very happy with the ending, whe ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original Brightside audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

I was captured by the synopsis of Brightside by Mark Tullius. Sounding like a great and fairly unique science fiction story. I mean could you imagine if there were people that could hear your most intimate and private thoughts? And at all times!

As you can imagine the general public didn't like this very much, they could get all of the nation secrets! The government rounds up all of the thought thieves into
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
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Brightside follows the story of humans who have the power of telepathy. Written from Joe's point of view it engages you in the action and Tullius does a good job of relaying the feelings and thoughts of the character. The first few chapters really grabbed my attention, throwing me into a new world while explaining certain aspects about life as a telepath clearly. It made me want to read on and the name "Thought Theives" Tullius uses t
Rabid Reader
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
An unusual and somewhat dark story where society confines any telepath they find to an isolated mountain town called Brightside. Accused of stealing thoughts, they are taken away from all they love, stripped of all they own and sent to live in a controlled society where everyone can read your every thought and breaking the rules can have drastic consequences. The main protagonist, Joe Nolan, is an interesting man who does not always make good choices, but you can not help but feel empathy for hi ...more
Leslie Fisher
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. When I first started it, I wasn't sure that was going to be case, but it drew me in and I couldn't put it down. I feel like there are lots of stories about telepaths out there, and I feared this would be a run-of-the-mill paranormal fantasy, but I was wrong. There is something different about this book, and that is a good thing. The characters were interesting, though not always very noble, and I found that I really cared about them. Maybe it is because this is an "adul ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
"Imagine if you knew every dark thought people had about you," hearing every nasty thought of your jealous co-workers or your girlfriend's torrid past or a political leader's burning secrets. Mark Tullius delivers an engaging, powerful story of an idyllic mountainside town, a community of telepaths. A place where these "Thought Thieves" are rounded up and kept away from the rest of society. The town is Brightside, the story is about what happens when one man wants to leave. When I was little, I ...more
Deborah Sastroredjo
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Mark Tullius lets you take a long hard look at yourself and humanity. Are we really as humane, sympathetic and caring as we like to think? How many of us would stab each other in the back if we had the chance, new eachothers weaknesses? Would you be a Wayne? A Joe? A Sara? One of the boots?

We strive to be unique, but when it comes to it, would we rather stick with the crowd? Who would we betray, just to belong?
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book was a page turner. I couldn't hardly put it down till I finished it. At first I couldn't believe people react like this to mind readers but it could happen. I would recommend it to anyone.
Elli (Kindig Blog)
An interesting premise, telling the story of Joe, a telepathic 'thought thief' in an alternate world where they have been rounded up and made to live in their own secluded, patrolled city of 'Brightside'. Joe is an interesting if tricky narrator - his thoughts are very jumbled and we end up with random flashes of information, jumping timelines and flashbacks throughout which can be quite disorientating for the reader. It gets quite graphic both sexually and in terms of gore as well - be warned. ...more
Jim Kratzok
Well written.

This was a good story but too dark for was well written and that's a plus but I didn't care for any of the characters. The author does a great job of pointing out all the negative aspects of being telepathic. The was just too much negative feeling here and that made it hard to enjoy.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about people who can hear other's thoughts. The story was fun to read though at times I was confused between the real conversation and something that is going on in people's mind. I do not want to give away any more spoilers. I think this is a good read for novice readers like me.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Story of telepathy and government oppression. This could have been better. I didn't like the protagonist, too whiny and wrapped up in his emotions.
Michala Tyann
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brightside by Mark Tullius

Have you ever been asked “if you could have any superpower…” and then you mentally begin listing off all that you can think of? Telepathy is always one of those that’s listed (but rarely ever chosen). Well, Mark Tullius doesn’t treat telepathy as a superpower in his book Brightside. In fact, the world is afraid of those who can hear others’ thoughts. So much so, that those can are hunted down, rounded up, and sent to live up in the beautiful mountain town of Brightside.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brightside is a story about how a telepath, Joe, comes to Brightside—a special town built on a mountain that contains all known telepaths in America. He spends 100 days in this town trying to cope with having no secrets and wanting to leave. The story starts on day 100 and flashbacks to his earlier days at Brightside (with a few flashbacks to his childhood.) It is a different twist to dystopian books.

Brightside is written in first person following Joe, a telepath. Joe has had a troubl
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It seems that there are those among us who are able to receive the thoughts of others which is a gift and a curse. Some can’t handle it, some take advantage of it and the rest just try to get along with a talent they can’t turn off. The general population becomes more aware of those who have the ability and decide to round them up and isolate them in a closed compound on the top of a wilderness mountain where they live an artificial life amongst their own where secrets are next to impossible to ...more
I received this book from a giveaway on another website.

Not too long ago I finished another Mark Tullius book, 25 Perfect Days, and I enjoyed it a lot. This author has not disappointed me in Brightside either, making him an author of quality writing in my opinion.

I had a hard time putting down this thriller which is told from the first person perspective of Joe Nolan. My interest was captured from the very beginning and the story held it the entire time (never once did I grow bored or tire of t
Terrie Leigh Relf
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The premise for this book - and the read itself - was chilling. Tight, fast-paced writing with believable characters, and yes, an all-too-believable plot that could actually be true.

No spoilers. . .but I, like Tullius, would like you to imagine that you could hear other people's thoughts. Imagine that the government rounded you up and put you in a facility - or a fabricated community called Brightside- with others like you. Which would you choose? To follow the directives and be a good little c
Roderick Davidson
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Nice premise - good characterizations. I'm eager to find out more about the liberation movement for the thought-stealers, and how things progress after the ending of this book. I wanted to find out more of this world, and Bright Side itself from the perspective of someone biased against those imprisoned within the community.
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is overall a great book, but it's depressing mood can ruin your day. The story held my interest, but can be considered more of a drama than a sci fi book. This book is very first person and the author truly does a great job at expressing the emotions felt during the tale, but I don't recommend this book to anyone looking for a fulfilling story.
Rebecca Dotson
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! The writting is terrific as are the characters. I loved this book and recommend it to everyone! This was the first book I read by Mark Tullius and I now read everything I can from him.
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good story.Tee Quillen was the perfect narrator.What can happen in a society where 1/3 of the population can read minds?They get sent away to a town all their own!I beautiful prison where no one escapes.They still try.
I was given this book free for an honest review.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Liked the premise behind the story. Got a bit bogged down with descriptions at times. Wanted different reactions/thoughts from the characters sometimes, but maybe I've just been reading too many romance novels.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-read
I enjoyed this book. Thought thieves seem so real and the government putting them away even more likely. It was interesting to see Joe grow and learn which lead to an action packed ending. Difficult to put this book down.
Rebecca Englehart
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Loved the overall concept of the the book and the story was well written
There were just some parts that seemed a bit sloppy and unnecessary to the story. Overall a good book. Worth the 99 cent download! ;)
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

story kept me engaged til the end. really liked the way his bio is written. glad he's no longer fighting MMA. seems to be many more stories inside his head. just wouldn't due to have them knocked out
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm divided about this. It's a really interesting subject, but it's extremely dark. It takes a very pessimistic view of humanity and human nature that I'm not sure I completely agree with. Almost every character is bleak and miserable. It's a very depressing book.
Mike Hipp
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read, lots of thought on how we see people who are different.
Shannon Kelleher
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a decent, easy read. Not quite what I was expecting, but honestly nothing too damning either...
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Mark Tullius is the author of Unlocking the Cage: Exploring the Motivations of MMA Fighters and dark fiction which includes Ain't No Messiah, Twisted Reunion, 25 Perfect Days: Plus 5 More, Brightside, and the Try Not to Die series. An Ivy League graduate, Mark lists Chuck Palahniuk and Stephen King as the authors who most influence his own writing. He attests that attending Tom Spanbauer's Dangero ...more
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