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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  5,210 ratings  ·  664 reviews
In the year 2051, who has a pulse?

With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters who are so powerful they can
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Warning: Incredibly long review with some minor spoilers

After finishing and forming my own - and mostly negative - opinions about Pulse, I'd decided to flip back to the first few pages of my ARC and read some of the advance praise quotes it had gotten so far, and see how vastly those opinions differed from mine, and more importantly if I found them to just be the basic difference in opinions, which I will always accept, or something I find to be completely and utterly false, which I have a not-a
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, physical-arc
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1.5 Stars.... I think...

This books is one big UGH! Pulse was such a huge disappointment for me—so mush so that I'm really dreading writing this review. I really, REALLY wanted to love this book—and I thought I would—but it fell so flat for me, and that kind of breaks my heart.

This is going to be a long review, so if you want the quick and dirty, I'll give that to you first. There were just so many things that added up to make me not enjoy this book: the frustra
1.5 stars.

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Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book. I’m mean look at the cover. Read the synopsis. But, it was a let down. In my opinion, which is exactly that, MY opinion, this book has many flaws. I’m not going to get very detailed about any of them because I don’t want to spoil it for people that haven’t read it yet. But, I can’t help saying a little.

This book in written with an omniscient narrator. I really don’t like this style. It can make it very confusing, especially for kids. With this type of narrator th
Misty Baker
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am a sucker for Dystopian literature. This is not a big surprise, as I’m certain most of you have discovered my Dystopian Bucket List by now. But what you may not know is the why. While I think the relationships formed inside quality dystopian literature are easily some of the most compelling these days, it’s the social structures that keep me coming back.

Let’s face it, the world we live in is not perfect. Painfully so. And at any given moment we could be victims of an environmental meltdown,
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Another book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Filled with action, love, secrets and drama there is nothing more you can ask for in this book.

Faith really burrows her way into your heart, as well as the other characters but her more so than them. She is strong, beautiful and not afraid to tell it ow it is, she loves fiercely and will do what it takes to keep them safe. When she starts a new school she catches the eye of not one but two boys who are completely different. Wade who is se
I used to read but now I don't It's bad I know
Now sometimes you just need a good ol', genetically-engineered-teenagers-in-post-global-warming-world book.

That's what I was expecting, and that's what I got.
First of all, it's pretty clean. A couple minor swears, and yes, a kiss at the end (or two or three, I kinda skipped that kissing-in-the-hospital, after-heroine-has-almost-died-saving-the-hero part [epitome of stereotypical genetically-engineered-teenagers book, right?]) but really? way better than most trash out there.

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Okay,, this blurb was so very promising. I loved the idea of kids with PK (psychokinesis) abilities along with a devastated earth, but unfortunately, much like Carman's previous effort "Dark Eden", for me, "Pulse" really failed to deliver in pretty much all technical areas. If you're looking for something new and exciting, you may want to look elsewhere.

Where to start? There was so much about this book that really needed a few more drafts. I guess I'll start with the narration - it feel
Jul 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: futuristic, 1-star
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Admittedly, it was the cover that first caught my interest. A floating tree isn't something one sees every day. That and it also eerily looks like the cover of Insurgent (hmmm). Here's a fun activity for you guys. Hold Pulse and Insurgent up to each other. Deja vu? No; they're just that similar.

Characters: I am saving the protagonist for last, and beginning with Hawk, the nerdy little dude who also has a tendency of talking way too much and cracking jokes that, in the han

I can't wait for this. Patrick Carman can do no wrong!

UPDATE MARCH 2013: Patrick Carman has to be one of my favorite authors EVER. I don't think there's been one book that he's written that I haven't read and loved. And PULSE is no exception. I loved everything about it! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and kept me guessing until the end.

All in all, a superb novel. I can't wait to see what Patrick Carman comes up with next!

Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted at The Society's Bookshelf

The very first thing that struck me in Pulse was the world built around the characters. Everything seemed crafted so well, and I was drawn into the story immediately. I wasn’t sure where it was going, but I was along for the ride. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about the book, as there were definitely pros and cons to the book.

I really loved the characters. I felt that Faith was a strong female lead that really carried the book and brought me
Rosie Whatcott
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked that the main character was tall :) I'm not sure why but it made it super awesome.
Also, I really liked that the book was written in third person and that you got to do different perspectives. it wasn't a difficult way though. I have a hard time when authors do different perspectives every chapter, because it always ends up being too long or too short and i end up feeling annoyed. But in this book, Patrick Carman smoothly would transfer to someone else's perspective without any war
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Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Global warming has led to the establishment of enclosed States that are gobbling up land by expanding their walls. Outside the State, Faith Daniels tries to enjoy a little bit of freedom by sneaking into an abandoned school to read books. At her high school she takes classes on her tablet with only a few adults at the school to monitor the students. The tablets are used for more than just education; they are used by the States to draw people inside by enticing them with entertainment that can on ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Carmen did an amazing job of writing not only a believable story but amazing as well. With its time frame only 30 years from now, you could actually imagine a world such as this. It's a little scary to think about.

Faith is one of a kind. I loved how you were thrown in her "normal" life only to watch it get turned upside down by the unthinkable. You really got to know her and understand her need for Liz and then Hawk.

Tablets and natural disasters? Sounds familiar. I think that was the best part
Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
This book wasn’t what I was expecting, and I didn’t really enjoy it.

The characters in this were all pretty immature, and I didn’t really like any of them. They irritated me a bit in places, and I didn’t really care much what happened to them.

The storyline in this bored me a bit, there was some action, and things happened that I didn’t see coming, but I just felt bored most of the time, and there were some predictable moments too. Things weren’t explained well, even with the info dumps,
Faith Williams
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! Originally I only wanted to read it because the main character's name was Faith, but I am so happy that it was much more. It reminded me of Divergent plus a better version of vs. Reality. It was just great I wanted to thank Mr. Carman for giving me this great masterpiece of writing that left me with so much longing for the next that I felt like crying. I kept on saying, NO! Whenever the character fell into something bad. The characters emotions were my emotions because ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
We had to read this book for class and it started out all kissy-kissy goo-goo, but then it picked up and was actually pretty fantastic. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind all the lovey dovey stuff, and likes science-fiction. ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013-read
The year. 2051. Dystopian world. Cause. Environmental kaputz. People stay in dome like states in order to safeguard the earth, or something along those lines. The book was rather vague into all the world building. We only get the gist at the end, all neatly tied in a few pages. Faith is special because she can move things with her mind. There are bad people in the world. Dylan is a boy that helps her discover her powers and her mission. Blah.

I had high hopes for this book. It had received great
Katie O'Donnell
Mar 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Do not waste your time reading this book. It is not only a horrible waste of money, but I also think I fried some brain cells reading this "novel." I wanted to like this book, and I thought I would! The pretty cover and interesting plot. I thought why not!

I went to books a million and bought three books, Pulse being one of them. I was so exited to read this book that it was the first one I read when I got home. AND I COULDN'T EVEN FINISH IT!

The character development was nonexistent and dry. I
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maybe I'm getting old and fantasy romances like this about the not so far away future make life more interesting but to all you folks that dissed it Pulse beware because this middle-age mama loved it !
Since reading Carrie I thought it would be really cool to move things with my mind and in this story Faith has this power along with a handful of others who live outside the dense super city "States " post global warming crisis. Everybody has a tablet that shrinks down to pocket size but does ever
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Oookkkaaayyyy. The only excitement in this book took place maybe the last 10%. It's as if this book was written just to set us up for the second. There are no answers given up until the last segments and by then I was turned off completely. Characters were so boring. No joke. The only one who had some saving grace was Hawk. He's a cutie. Hot hero stud muffin mysterio boy had as much personality as a brick. Oh and cue Twilight for the creepy sleep watcher. Le sigh. If you need a sleeping pill, re ...more
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 2.5

This wasn't a very enjoyable read for me.

The characters were all rather dull, so i didn't love any of them.

The storyline in this was quite weird and confusing, and it just couldn't keep my interest. I was glad when the book was over!

Overall, Weird, confusing, not a great read for me.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book didn't really get exciting till the end. It was very sad to learn that she lost many people she loved, but she turned out to be really powerful in the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction. ...more
Jami Montgomery
Sep 20, 2012 marked it as to-read
The cover makes me think of Insurgent :/
Emily Egan
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I was really bored and confused with this book but I kind of liked it. It was a very interesting story the author came up.
nathan Marlowe
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book seemed to be fantastic during the first 280 pages, but then turned around and started to tell another story. It felt as if the author was trying to cram the last section into the book just to set it up for a sequel which left a bad taste in my mouth. After looking at other series from the author I'm starting to think that he's just trying to make every series three books long so he can get as much money as possible from them. ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book want to keep reading for the whole day lot's of information, action, love, and others! Overall great book!
Anna Bubolz
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book a lot because I thought the setting was very interesting, and I wanted to know more about where the characters lived. I liked how relatable Faith's friendship with Liz is to me. One thing I did not really like was when characters that were developed, died. However, I loved how developed all the characters are towards the end of the book. The author does a really nice job with characterization.

Faith has moved around to many different schools over the course of her li
The Twins Read
Feb 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
This review can originally be found at The Twins Read.

You know how this book promised riveting action scenes as stated on the flap of the book jacket? Yeah. That's probably what drew me in along with the promise of telekinesis and flying boulders and general chaos all around. I mean, bad guys that can throw people and objects around like a rag doll? Count me in yo.

Did I get what I was promised? Nope. Not at all. This was a total downer, my friends.

Let's start with the characters - Faith, the pr
Lauren AKA randomreader
This book was recommended to me by one of my friends, so being the good friend I am, I decided to give this book a try. You know what? I am glad that I picked this book up. It was quick and entertaining and very easy to read. I understand why my friend likes this book so much, and I'm glad they did, but I had a few problems with this book that could not be ignored. Let the Grinch be unleashed.
The characters were overall a bit underdeveloped for my liking. They seemed very much so like standar
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I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins P

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