Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Take our protagonist, Nick Cooper, called “Cooper,” who can read patterns so well he can even track fellow brilliants the name of these gifted people knowing nothing other than their movements to escape him. The conceit of the novel is excellent, too — in this version of the world, a small but growing population of the world has been born “brilliant,” blessed with preternatural pattern recognition or somesuch thing, and the world is on fire with the shock and revolution of it. There are those that are wary of abnorms, but not to that extent. The treatment meted out to non-troublesome brilliants has the feel of discrimination and segregation apparent from our own recent history. Like me, you won’t be able to tear yourself away from it.

Dec 23, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: John It’s too mature for kids that age, but I’m also unsure where the reference to incest and pedophilia is coming from, I just finished this and that …more It’s too mature for kids that age, but I’m also unsure where the reference to incest and pedophilia is coming from, I just finished this and that simply isn’t true. It’s like saying, “At this critical juncture, Superman actually somehow was not super at all. Gee, a book about a small minority of people tapped with extraordinary abilities who are feared and oppressed by ordinary society and must choose to use their abilities for good or evil? Nick Cooper goes through a personal awakening and the reader is able to watch his development throughout. One of them, scientist Abraham Couzen, discovered the root causes of brilliance and developed a serum to turn normals into brilliants like himself. Shaken by the sight of a young lynching victim swinging from a Manhattan streetlight with the word “twist” another anti-brilliant pejorative markered on his shirt , Cooper goes after two very different madmen. Everyone just kind of forgot about the whole strength and flying and laser vision stuff.

And Congress is trying to pass a law that requires all abnorms to have a ‘chip’ inserted close to the carotid artery – so they can be tracked at all times.


But, wait, don’t we have really smart, brilliant people living now? As he finds himself tracking the most reviled “Brilliants” in America, he is forced to question who he is and whom he can trust.

On a whole, this old ground was explored in an interesting and enlightening manner. Anyone have an opinion on whether Brilliance is appropriate for year old kids? Oct 28, Nick rated it did not like it. Ironically, Nick just discovered that his four-year-old daughter is a high-level abnorm whose abilities have attracted attention.

Dec 03, Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are side issues to deal with too, such as some specific impacts to his family.

Marcus Sakey – Wikipedia

He’s created a very real world, well, a real consequence of people turning out with extreme gifts that make them leaps and bounds above the average human. I never want to think about this ever again. Such is the premise behind this excellent thriller from Marcus Sakey.

Apathy is a killer. He’s very easy to root for and to empathize with. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

I’m a different sort of reader and I want different sorts of things. Getting whiff of brillianc terrorist abnorm plot that would kill thousands, Cooper doesn’t know whom to trust.

But either Sakey doesn’t know that his dialogue is cliched and unconvincing or he wants it that way to ensure easy translation to the screen, because he includes a lot of it.

He’s charming and flawed, a divorced family man, a samey government agent, a dutiful speeder Cooper. The screenplays would write themselves.

Brilliance – Marcus Sakey

After one brilliant brought down the stock market msrcus sensing patterns and making hundreds of millions of dollars, and one took action against society by masterminding a massacre of innocent people in a D.

These people – called brilliants or abnorms – cause fear in average people, who are concerned about what the brilpiance might do. Marcus Sakey is the bestselling author of nine novels, including the Brilliance Trilogy, which has sold more than a million copies. In the yearin an alternate version of the present, there are normal people and then there are “brilliants” aka twists, abnorms.


Open Preview See a Problem? One abnorm made billions in stocks, essentially causing Wall Street to come karcus and shutting down the world as we know it Sakey is a fan of free-market economics, that’s for sure. Such is the premise behin Savant syndrome is a known condition in which a person demonstrates profound and prodigious capacities or abilities far in excess of what would be considered amrcus.

As fans of this popular series know, a tiny percentage of people are now being born with superhuman gifts. They a Brilliant is that lame Sakey, don’t change a thing.

I want to see the scenery in a different way. In fact, there was a lot of awareness of male gamesmanship that had me laughing out loud at points, before the tension line rocketed skyward.

In order to maximize your chances of success, it’s suggested you consider addressing the following concerns raised by our staff of readers: This gives Nick a big advantage in hostile situations, and he has tracked down and assassinated many abnorm marcys and extremists.


Then we get to know this killer–who is a family man, devoted to his kids, and fond of his ex-wife though they have divorced when we find out why, we know enough about him for it to make perfect sense. For a number of years, the DAR limped along, underfunded and unable to get much traction in its campaign against the Brilliants.

The same kind of theme is seen in X-men, Heroes, and numerous superhero tales. He has to save the world AND his family from the clutches of evil.