I like reading trilogies. Before becoming emotionally invested, I know there is a definite end to the story as opposed to neverending book series.
That being said, I loathe to start a series by reading the second or third book. While I couldn’t read book #2 of the Brilliance Saga, A Better World by Marcus Sakey fast enough, the suspense thriller ruined me for its prequel, Brilliance. That caveat aside, A Better World was an entertaining suspense thriller. You definitely do not need to read Brilliance before starting A Better World, but I highly recommend it.
Since 1980, “brilliants” have popped up around the world. This 1% of the population are genetically wired with special skills and talents: the ability to sense if someone is lying, predicting future events based on patterns, or sense time differently than the “normals.” Thirty-years later, a terrorist network attempts to disrupt the balance of abnorms and norms–to the side of the “abnormals.” Former secret agent Nick Cooper is a brilliant and advisor to the president of the United States. Only he can stop the impending civil war.
A Better World pulls readers in immediately in its action-packed storyline. In fact, it’s no surprise that the first book of the Brilliance Saga is in preproduction for a movie. Sakey knows how to write a suspense thriller. There’s enough twists in the story to keep me turning the pages. Nick Cooper is an incredibly honest and likeable character. In fact, sometimes he seems to good to be true. He’s a stereotypical federal agent hero who saves the world with his two bare hands (and a gun).
My main pet peeve about A Better World, except for the book #1 spoilers, is the ending. Since the Brilliance Saga is a trilogy, A Better World suffers from middle child syndrome. The ending is a major cliffhanger, making the novel just a huge setup for the third and final (I hope) book.
I received a review copy of the novel.