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review 2016-05-16 22:52
#ABetterWorld: Cool Story, Typical Book 2
A Better World - Marcus Sakey


Like book one, the excitement is turned to 11 in this second part of the Brilliance Trilogy.


It holds true to how most part-two-of-three's end--reference: The Empire Strikes Back--so make sure you have book three ready to go.


And, speaking of book 3...


I'm out.


The Value of a Star: Ratings Explained

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review 2016-03-08 01:21
The Brilliance Trilogy by Marcus Sakey
Written in Fire (The Brilliance Trilogy) - Marcus Sakey
A Better World - Marcus Sakey
Brilliance - Marcus Sakey

This is more a wrap-up of the entire trilogy than just this book since I never reviewed the first two books.


The first book in The Brilliance Trilogy, Brilliance is about a small percentage of people in the world who are labeled as “brilliants”, as opposed to those who don’t and are considered “norms”.  Brilliants have extraordinary senses which can be used in good ways or bad.  Nick Cooper, who is a brilliant, uses his skills working as an agent to help the U.S. government track down other brilliants that use their extrasensory powers to commit evil acts.  Nick and his partner find themselves tracking a terrorist who has bombed a restaurant, killing many innocent men, women and children.  As the investigation unfolds and government secrets come to light, Nick finds himself questioning whether he works for the good guys or the bad guys. 4/5 stars


In the second book in the series, A Better World, Nick became an advisor to the President of the United States.  The world’s growing fear of brilliants has escalated due to the activities of a terrorist known as John Smith.  Nick works with the government to bring down John Smith, but it’s still questionable which side Nick should be fighting for in order to keep his family and the rest of the world safe. 4/5 stars


Written in Fire is the final book in Marcus Sakey’s trilogy.   The White House is in ruins.  The President has been killed.  Cities have been taken over.  The brilliants have become feared and are being persecuted by normal people everywhere.  The United States is close to civil war.  Nick has lost his job and come close to dying.  While working to end the terrorism and stop a war, Nick must find the one person who may have a solution to bringing peace to the nation.  3.5/5 stars


Nick Cooper is a good hero and the dynamics between Nick, his children, his girlfriend, his ex-wife, his co-workers and even the terrorists are wonderfully written.  We care about Nick because he genuinely cares about what is best for all of them.  Nick isn’t always right and he doesn’t always come out on top.  We get glimpses of how the government, the populace and the bad guys think and what defines their actions.  There is always that gnawing question of which side is right.  Does either side have all the answers?  In the world today, we are experiencing terrible acts between people more and more frequently, whether it is over race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.   The Brilliance Trilogy can be applied to any of these as an example of what can happen between two disparate groups of people and how far out of control it can become.


While the first two books were amazing, hold-on-by-the-seat-of-your-pants thrillers, this third and final installment failed to excite me in the same way.  Most of the great action already happened and there is nothing original added here.  It seemed like the storyline grew tiring at this point.  However, the series as a whole is definitely a worthy read and even though it’s labeled as a trilogy, the author did leave us with one hanging tidbit that may lead to another book.

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review 2016-02-15 02:28
A Better World (Brilliance Saga, #2), by Marcus Sakey
A Better World - Marcus Sakey

WARNING: Blurb contains spoilers for Book 1. 



"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."


❖ ❖❖


 "We are never more clever than in the creation of ways to destroy ourselves."


Marcus Sakey sure knows how to ramp up the suspense. It was all I could do not to skip to the end to find out what happens. 


A Better World, Book 2 of the Brilliance Saga trilogy, isn't as action packed as Book 1, but it's still high on tension and suspense. Of course, there is action, but here the attention and focus is on maneuvering chess pieces on the board. 


One main difference to Book 1 is that this one consists of multiple points of view. I wasn't a big fan of this initially, and it took me a second to get accustomed to the change. However, as the story unfolded I understood the reasoning behind this change and adapted quickly. In the end, it all worked very well.


A Better World is filled with nail-biting, heart-pounding moments. A great continuation to the story. Recommended to fans of Book 1, Brilliance.


Final Rating: 4 stars

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text 2016-02-07 19:44
A Better World - Marcus Sakey





When an opening scene of a book makes you say WOW out loud, you just know the rest of the story is going to be good. 


A Better World is Book 2 of Marcus Sakey's Brilliance trilogy, and I'm loving it so far. It's not as action packed as Book 1, at least not yet, but it's still very good. The one main difference from the first book is that this one features multiple POV's whereas Book 1, Brilliance, is told solely from Cooper's (the MC) POV. It took me a second to get used to this, since I am interested in Cooper's experiences more than anything else, but I get why the author chose to make the change, and it does work. There is one specific POV character that is as compelling as Cooper. 


Just as a side note, I'm not sure why the publisher decided to include the endorsement by Gillian Flynn so prominently on the cover. I mean, I get it: it's nice to get an endorsement from such a successful author as Flynn. But, goodness, the font is huge! If you take a quick glance it looks as though Flynn is sharing credit with Sakey. No, Thomas & Mercer. Just no. 


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review 2016-01-27 16:31
A Better World The Brilliance Trilogy, Book 2 by Marcus Sakey
A Better World - Marcus Sakey

A Better World, The Brilliance Trilogy, Book 2 by Marcus Sakey is a stand alone book. I read Brilliance & found it an exhilarating five star book. As entertaining as the first Book of The Brilliance was, I found Book 2 disappointing. I gave it three stars.


There were a few twists that I found interesting, but overall, the characters were shallowly developed & the pace slow.


I would like to thank the publisher, Thomas & Mercer & NetGalley for the complimentary kindle copy in exchange for a fair review. That did not influence my opinion for this review. I wish I could have given it a resounding recommendation but simply couldn’t.

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