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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Pulse is a Dystopian Sci-Fi/Horror novel set in 2040 around a creature and a music festival. It will be releasing in 2021. Follow the author at or on social media to stay up-to-date on the project.
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Published 2021 by TBD
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Jessica Scurlock
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of critiquing Pulse by this talented author.

Horror/Sci-Fi meets dystopian thriller--all of my favorite genres packed into one book!

Pulse is set in 2040, two decades from now but with an eerily believable twist. Citizens are basically slaves to their technology, giving off some Black Mirror vibes. The world building is brilliant. Written across several POVs, the author does a wonderful job of gradually pulling the reader in and sprinkling in the details of how life looks in 2
Tara Lake
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
With many current issues woven in – political, environmental, and social to name a few – Bellec has created in many respects a seemingly plausible future. I deeply enjoyed the dystopian, sci-fi and horror elements – especially the horror! This novel was entirely unpredictable, which I loved. I'll admit the format of the book initially caught me off guard. It seems more screen-writer format, which is entirely fine, just something I hadn't came across before in my reading, but I quickly adapted an ...more
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing book that had me hooked from the start and wanting to read more. Suspense all the way.
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to have early access to Pulse, all I can say is that I was blown away from the writing style, the mysterious/horror and the blending of current tech/future used. This is some meticulous world building here that I haven't seen in a long time.

The horror is truly terrifying and it hits a diverse set of scary tropes that will appeal to all that enjoy this genre.

This is a game changer by a new Author, I hope it get's the exposure it deserves. Keep up on writing B.A. Bellec you
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleased to be given an ARC of Pulse through NetGalley. After reading the description it sounded intriguing and I was excited to have the opportunity to read it. If you are looking for a good, captivating, relatable, scary, sci-fi book, this is for you! I really enjoyed this dystopian, thrilling, sci-fi novel. I will say that the writing style took a little getting used to. It read almost like a screenplay. The majority of the book was written almost as a spoken narration from each characte ...more
Samra Nadir
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a horrifying & thrilling ride from start till the end. Bellec managed to combine all the right elements needed for a futuristic sci fi thriller. I really enjoyed this new style of screenplay writing & all the multiple POVs were managed really well. Jumping around from present to past & then present made for a very suspenseful & a movie style reveal of events. I still can't believe that he is the same author who used such laid back writing style in his first novel & now he is back w ...more
Paul Preston
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Pulse is a company that has its finger in most of what is going on in technology. They are the OS that runs everything, Internet, communication, schools and with their P 7500 personal assistant robots in every home pulse has the money to crush competition, control the government, and make problems disappear.
Being such a large company pulse has its detractors that are trying to bring the company down. To bring up the company image they plan a huge party weekend of concerts called Pulsefest howev
J.P. Jackson
3.5 stars but rounded up because the book is in beta.

Bellec has laid out a nightmarish future - one that's not too far from our own reality, with some clever and creative ties to our modern political landscape and references to COVID-19.

Sinister and amoralistic, greedy corporations run the world, and everything is interconnected. In the fight for dominance and power, the elite rich get richer, while the have nots are laid bare, jobless, and fed on manufactured nutrition.

The world has been decima
Lexi Raspado
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read dystopian novels, but Pulse changed my mind about the genre. I can definitely say that I'll be reading dystopian novels now.

The world building was fantastic! The story was written realistically that it made me think that there is a possibility that it can actually happen and that would be really terrifying! I'm starting to like the author's writing style. The plot was well-thought-out and the pacing was just right. There are several POVs, which is confusing at first, but I
Nathan McConville
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC from NetGalley for on honest review. Pulse is a Dystopian Sci Fi/Horror novel based in the near future where everyone is reliant on technology. Pulse has taken over all tech giants and basically has a monopoly on what people do, eat, drink, wear and like in general. Pulse is having the music festival to beat all music festivals when a mysterious outbreak is causing people to become violent mutants that don't care for any of these things. All they want to do is feed. No one kno ...more
Louise Page
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow. And I mean WOW!

This book it totally not what you think it is going to be, and I love that. There was elements of almost everything in this: horror, fantasy, scifi, thirller, this book really has something for everyone. The writing is spot on, I love the format the book takes too. I can not wait for the sequel coming out!
Richelle Reed
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
B.A. Bellec’s second novel, Pulse, has a number of descriptors; sci fi, horror, thriller, dystopian, mystery, just to name a few. This really does have a bit of everything in it. Pulse follows a number of perspectives to weave a story that keeps readers intrigued and turning the pages. Pulse takes place in 2040, 19 years from today, the story follows a number of persons that all are involved in the company and the events that take place during the music festival, PulseFest. The company Pulse has ...more
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The year is 2040. A company named Pulse has taken over the world. They have bought all the small companies and they even grew much as a lot of big companies like Apple, Google, etc burnt in 2035 wildfire. Their robots have taken over in all the fields. In short, they have taken over the lives of people and made them depend on PulseOS for everything. 97% of people are enjoying the benefits they are getting from Pulse but 3% are not ready to accept it and want to know about the mischievous things ...more
Shawn Gabborin
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pulse is my favorite type of sci-fi: Engaging characters in a near future that you can honestly see us heading toward! Then he added monsters, and I was hooked.

The author successfully weaves the story through multiple POVs, enabling him to present us with a much wider world than I was expecting. Truly a well crafted story, and I’m looking forward to reading what comes next!

Pulse has an interesting storyline. It hooked me from the start. The mystery surrounding the Pulsers still gets me. It makes me want to read the sequel. What makes it difficult however, is that I find there are too many characters. I understand a lot of events are happening, but I don't think it was necessary to involve that many characters. To be honest, I don't remember half of them. Having less characters, but having them be memorable is better. I'm still unsure if there is a main character t
Buscemi Steve
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to commend Bellec for preparing original music to go with the book. I have rarely seen this idea executed as Bellec has done it here. The added bonus when you finish reading is a nice nugget.

The pitch might make you think half this book is about a music festival but that isn’t the case at all. In reality, the festival is only a few chapters. In those few chapters, the author did a fantastic job capturing the feelings of these big festivals. You get a few different perspectives and each br
Dana Jenner
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who reads a ton, I am always looking for different. Pulse by B.A. Bellec is so different it might be standing in a category by itself.

What’s good:
• fast pace
• Interesting creature
• Many memorable moments
• Believable near-future

What’s not:
• Lots of characters
• A jarring writing style
• Rushed and simplistic at times

This book is the first in a series. It moves so fast it feels like the second entry. You will see names and ask who is this again? That being said, Bellec does something very
Thanks to NetGalley and the author B.A. Bellec for this ARC “pulse”.

I would say this book as a mix between mystery, fantasy and sci-fi. This book takes place in the future and is about a new technology that is taking over the world, with robots in every home and taking over the majority of jobs, leaving people jobless and struggling to make ends meet. The storyline also has current events scattered throughout. The story is told through multiple POV’s and all becomes connected throughout.

This b
Jennifer Harris
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Eric character. One of the problems when an author writes from multiple points of view is I end up gravitating towards one. These Eric chapters about some hermit tech guru living in a desert were sparse but they paint such a great picture and give just enough Pulse backstory to keep you informed. I want more about the Pulse company origins. I want more about Eric’s game, Hunt. I want more about his new program and what it will do to help. The bad is that at times, waiting for the nex ...more
May 09, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked:
- The overarching plot: This was dynamic and constantly changing. It kept me on my toes and came together in a way I could not have imagined.
- The Characters: The characters were all very different and interesting. The story came from MANY different perspectives with characters of different age groups and demographics. I also really enjoyed how each character's story line came together in the end.
- The genre: This was a really unique combination of the horror and sci-fi genre. It r
Lydia Norton
Thanks to Netgalley and the author for this eARC!

This is one of those books that I think would be excellent in TV show form or as a book series, but didn’t quite work for me as one book. The premise is great! Pulse is a company that has its hands in pretty much every technology (and society as a whole relies a lot on technology in this book, which takes place in 2040). It reminded me a lot of Google or Apple. When The Greatest Music Festival Ever aka PulseFest begins just outside of New York, so
Dian girl
Sep 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Booktasters for the very nice recommendation of this book.
This book is written in a complex way that will amuse you about technology and robots in the future.
Been thinking lately about what would happen to human beings when we create robots to do everything perfectly and we will remain without a job without any purpose?
I thought it was really related to our modern world because indeed we are starting to use robots and technology we have become crazy about tech. I think this might happe
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What did I just read? This is a weird book. The author crafted a story without a main character. It sputters at times because you don’t know who to focus on. The author overcomes this flaw by writing some intense chapters around this seemingly alien creature taking over. The book ends and you are left confused. The author’s style and plot will spin you, but not in a bad way... when it ends you will want to know what happens next, which is one of the most important things I use to evaluate a book ...more
Joyce Pierce
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t read this thing alone at night!

Bellec did an amazing job creating tense energy. These “things” will leave you disgusted and horrified, but you will want more as soon as you turn the last page.

The author’s wide multi-POV style gives you a range of characters to witness the events through. It makes the story hard to get into and follow, but after 100 pages or so the plot starts moving much faster and the important characters emerge.

This wasn’t what I expected at all. If you are looking for s
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing sci fi, thriller and horror story. In a future that is not so far from our time, multiple characters struggling to survive in a new world controlled by a technology called PULSE. PULSE (that ironically signifies life), turned out to be the technology that helped destroy society as we know it, turning people into slaves to a system owned by Mark Sharp and his evil Dad Alan Sharp. People died and others life ruined, it is an ugly future where society ruled by few greedy narcissists ...more
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B.A. Bellec is an award-winning author. His debut novel was a coming of age story and it went on to win multiple awards including the Reader Views Young Adult Book of the Year. For his second novel, coming in late 2021, he is writing dystopian sci-fi horror and launching a series.

He also produces music to go with his books. Check out his YouTube channel for more content:

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