The brilliants changed everything.
Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we’d only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person’s most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional…and the rest of us.
Now a terrorist network led by brilliants has crippled three cities. Supermarket shelves stand empty. 911 calls go unanswered. Fanatics are burning people alive.
Nick Cooper has always fought to make the world better for his children. As both a brilliant and an advisor to the president of the United States, he’s against everything the terrorists represent. But as America slides toward a devastating civil war, Cooper is forced to play a game he dares not lose—because his opponents have their own vision of a better world.
And to reach it, they’re willing to burn this one down. – Goodreads Synopsis
A Better World Review
I didn’t want to read this one. I was disenchanted with the first book in this series, and couldn’t believe I’d committed to read the second one before I’d even read the first. Needless to say, I went into this book wincing, and figuring I’d just get through it as fast as I could, and that would be that. Well, I was pleasantly surprised (VERY pleasantly surprised) to discover that A Better World was far better than the first book. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “great”, but it definitely caught my attention immediately, and wasn’t a struggle to get through like the first one was.
I liked in this book that one of the viewpoints we follow is that of a normal man with his family who really doesn’t have any true survival instincts beyond the basic. He struggles, he works with his wife to figure things out, and all he knows is he needs to feed his baby when the city gets quarantined. He has no special skills, unlike Nick Cooper. He’s just struggling to survive, and that is very clear. Its extremely easy to sympathize with him, and to root for his family’s survival.
I hate seeing love triangles in books anymore, but at least Sakey handles the potential one between Cooper, his ex-wife, and his girlfriend rather well. I think the thing that makes it work is, now that I know the characters, it seems believable enough.
The action, as usual, is almost non-stop. The pacing is great. I love the introduction of Soren, and kind of feel sorry for the guy. I can’t imagine living life the way he has to live it. More of a curse than a blessing. Sakey’s definitely weaving a tangled web, and I could see this eventually maybe being made into a movie (although I’m not sure how they’d handle it. It’d probably have to be done very Sherlockian.)
Overall, surprisingly good read. Definitely recommend it if you like thrillers and books that expound upon the possibilities of human evolution.