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,...more
People with special talents, government conspiracy, moral philosophy, ethics, the usual thriller stuff, but it´s especially amazing for readers like me with one important requirement: Not having read all the amazing comic universes out there. Still to come, I am so looking forward too, but not feeling ready, especially regarding being able to fully enjoy the English originals.
For others, especially the US and UK fraction, who grew u ...more
And I liked them.
I really did. I would speed through them in a day and daydream about car chases. And then I'd go read some Diana Wynne Jones or Susan Cooper fantasies.
It's hard coming back to them as ...more
Two main issues:
1. This is written almost like a screenplay. There is little character or relationship development. But there is action and espionage. Other reviewers have compared it to X-Men, which is fair, except mutant superheros are so much more interesting than "brilliants." This is one book that might make a better movie (and it's not often you'll hear me say that).
2. Which brings me to my second gripe: The premise here isn't very gripping or believable. In the year 2013, in an a ...more
The premise of the plot is that beginning roughly in 1980, once percent of the babies born in the world were "Brilliants," highly-gifted geniuses with intellectual and other powers that dwarfed those of "Normals." The pattern was first recognized by a study in 1986, and since then, the world has watched with awe the accom ...more
This is the first book in the 'Brilliance Saga', about exceptionally gifted people being targeted by government agencies. (Sound familiar? 😊)
Beginning in the 1980s, a small percentage of humans with unusual abilities began to be born.
These people - called brilliants or abnorms - cause fear in average people, who are concerned about what the brilliants might do. An abnorm called Erik Epstein, for example, uses his stock market savviness to amass a fortune of 300 billion dollars.
This causes s ...more
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-a woman who can make herself practically invisible due to an intuitive understanding of where people won't be looking is pretty cool. She is not, however, walking through walls in even the most l ...more
Marcus Sakey is a "new to me" author. Given that he was born about an hour from where I live (albeit in another country) I am going to pretend he is a local author because good writing from local authors is cool. While Brilliance wasn't perfect and the plotline was not especially original, I was captivated by the story from the outset.
Around 30 years before the commencement of the story, "Brilliants" began to appear in the human population. They ...more
And I honestly hope this guy makes some money. I had a great time with the first of the Brilliance saga. He's created a very real world, well, a real consequence of people turning out with extreme gifts that make them leaps and bounds above the average hum ...more
This was such a wild ride filled with action goodness. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey is a sci fi thriller that plays out like an action film. There were moments that actually made me say "holy crap!", and heart-pounding scenes that left me a little breathless.
Nick Cooper, the main characte ...more
In the mid 1980s, children with exceptional gifts started being born. More than extreme intelligence or ability, these children have talents beyond any ever seen—reading a person's thoughts or intentions just by looking at them, being able to transform themselves into what ever a person wishes, the ability to become invisible and move where no one is expecting. Labeled "brilliants," they comprise 1 percent of the U.S. population, and pose both tremendou ...more
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The scifi part is that 1 % of the population since 1982 (story takes place in 2013) are born with exceptional gifts (adnorms). Nobody has superhuman powers or can fly, but they are brilliant in their areas, math science, programing, human relations, etc.
This is creating big problems.
The hero, a government agent with a license to kill terrorist abnorns, is an abnorm and his ability is to perceive patterns lik ...more
For a start it is an absolute thrill ride start to finish, with incredibly impactful action scenes that really get the blood up interspersed with quieter focus on the backstory and the mythology the author is creating – its a perfect mix really and as such is ...more
The only real difference in Brilliance is that the "abnormals" are greater in number (1% of the population) and, individually, less of a real threat to society. They can't sh ...more
Nick Cooper is an agent for a group called Equitable Services, and they are tasked with eliminating terrorists. It’s a clandestine group, but other than that, sounds pretty straightforward, right? Not so much. In fact, the terrorists that Nick and his group hunts are very special. They’re called abnorms, or “brilliants”, and they make up a very small part of the population, but they can wield amazing power. It’s only been about 30 years since the discovery ...more
A kind of X-Men world where a small percentage of the population are super-gifted and the 'normals' want to start a war. Classic 'other' story but with a technothriller twist. Looking forward to the next in the series. ...more
DNF for many, many reasons but the top three are:
Mr. Sakey cannot write convincing or interesting dialogue. That's not always a failing, since many authors write their way around this problem by just not including much of it. But either Sakey doesn't know that his dialogue is cliched and unconvincing or he wants it that way to ensure easy translation to the screen, because he includes a lot of it. (As others have noted, it reads more like a screenplay than a novel.) Since many readers are also p ...more
All throughout this fic, I felt nothing. Absolutely NOTHING! The apoplectic apathy is real. So, in my eyes, Brilliance lacks intelligence. And it's yet another lengthy book to throw out the digital do ...more
Wow. I simply inhaled this sfnal thriller. The basic setup involves one of my favorite sf tropes, the next gen of humans, with gifts. Called abnorms, twists, brilliants, they are depicted as a danger, and the story opens with Nick Cooper (who prefers to be called by his last name) hunting one down, with license to kill. Before she dies, she tells him a war is coming, and he will have to pick sides.
Then we get to know this killer--who is a family man, devoted to his kids ...more
I made it probably 80% of the way through this book before it came to a screeching halt.
The First 80%:
Let's start by establishing that one sign of a terrible writer is that the book's characters seem like only a thin veil over the author's own personality. I didn't feel like I was reading a book, but rather seeing a weird look at the author's private thoughts. So now I know that Marcus Sakey has some serious incest pedophilia fantasies a ...more
Brilliance, first in the Brilliance trilogy, is a well-written exploration of an alternate history for our world, where ‘norms’ are forced to face the fact that they’re quickly becoming obsolete in the face of evolution. Naturally, there’s fea ...more
|SciFi and Fantasy...: Brilliance to be a movie||1||23||Sep 07, 2019 06:29AM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Superpowers but not what you think. [s]||4||26||May 23, 2019 05:23AM|
|Challenge Corner: Brilliance Saga by Marcus Sakey - Starting August 16th 2018||13||5||Sep 09, 2018 10:08AM|
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Brilliance Series starting with Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey beginning on August 16, 2018||9||14||Sep 09, 2018 10:08AM|
|Plot holes, aka *spoiler alert*||11||114||Mar 06, 2017 09:38AM|
|Goodreads Librari...: Multiple Duplicate Pages for A Single Book||2||14||Nov 11, 2016 11:58AM|
|The Life of a Boo...: Brilliance - One of 'those' books' ?(Spoiler free)||1||25||Jan 19, 2016 03:05PM|
His novel AFTERLIFE (July 18, 2017) is soon to be a major motion picture from Imagine Entertainment and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. His novel Good People was made into a film starring James Franco and Kate Hudson.
Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and dau ...more