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