Book Banter: Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Title: BrillianceBrilliance
Author: Marcus Sakey
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 452
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Personal Collection
Plot Basics: A genetic mutation has created a race of humans that are superior to those who should be their peers.  And it has the humans terrified.

Banter Points: I love how Sakey builds on the terror humans have of anything that is different or unknown in this book.  It isn’t that the Brilliants are smarter than the humans, but the math behind them.  As the world stands, Brilliants are 1% of the world’s population.  At some point in the near future, Brilliants will out number humans and that’s where the real fear is.

Bummer Points:  It’s the start of a trilogy where the story and plot lines get good at the end, but the next installation isn’t coming for a while yet.

I do wonder about Sakey divergence to the world of fantasy.  Sure, it still has all of the elements that make his writing great with chases, escapes, impossible situations and specialized knowledge.  And there aren’t any vampires roaming around.  But it is a new type of writing for him.  I have high expectations for a something great to be added to the Urban Fantasy genre, just like he did for thrillers.  I didn’t see it in this one.  Yet.

Stacie’s Recommendation:  Check out the title, but I’ll completely understand if you wait until the rest of the trilogy is out.

Bonus:  Check out the idea behind the story with the Word Nerd’s guest post Autism, Bourbon and Lies with Marcus Sakey

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