Brilliance (The Brilliance Trilogy, Book 1) by Marcus Sakey is one of the best ‘us against them’ books I’ve read in quite some time. I gave it five stars from start to finish. I look forward to the next two books.
It is a suspense-filled mystery that falls into the genre of Science Fiction & Fantasy. It is also an explosive & thrilling book to read.
“…historically, the term savant was generally paired with another word, to form an unkind but not inaccurate phrase: idiot savant. Those rare individuals with superhuman gifts were generally crippled in some way. Broken geniuses…It was as though evolution was maintaining equilibrium, giving here, taking there.”
Nick Cooper works for an organization (the Department of Analysis & Response aka DAR) that permits sanctioned killing of the brilliants, also called ‘abnorms’ or ‘twists’ who have engaged in criminal activity. He is designated a Tier One himself, because of his special gift of being able to read body language & anticipate a person’s next moves because of miniature musculature movements. He’s a troubled protagonist & may or may not be a hero.
I want to thank the author, Marcus Sakey, the publisher, Thomas & Mercer & NetGalley for a complimentary copy of Brilliance in exchange for a fair review. This did not influence my opinion for this review.
Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AESRRQS