Monday, February 25, 2013

ARC Review: Pulse (Pulse Trilogy, #1) by Patrick Carman

From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse,” the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.

The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.

Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.

I cannot tell you how excited I am to have yet another author to add to my favorites list.  Carman hit the ball out of the park with this series opener and I cannot wait to read future installments in the series as well as anything else he puts out on the shelves!

Hearing a fresh new voice in literature is always a plus and can be so much fun especially when it fits into the YA category because in my opinion the possibilities are endless with where they can take it.  Carman did just that with this title...he used his imagination (which is incredibly impressive) and opened up new doors and scenarios that you won't find in any other books out there right now.  We've got a book that doesn't really fit any mold that I can think of.  While it's focused on the year 2051 (no flying cars in sight thank goodness!) and the world has had to deal with quite a few unexpected (sort of ) disasters, I'm not sure I would put it among the other dystopian novels that make up the genre.

His characters have got themselves special abilities, and ones that I found exciting and creative and surprised me with each new revelation he laid out on his pages.  There are of course the good guys vs. the bad guys and the bad guys are not always who you would expect.  The crippling things these villains did throughout the novel were just terrible and caught me off guard a time or two.  I love when you can get more than half way through a book and still not see what's coming next.  Carman kept things interesting from start to finish and with the cliffhanger he wraps this opener up with I'm of course already sad that I'll have to wait what feels like forever (I'm sure) until the second installments comes out.

A great set of characters, and interesting (possible) future, and action thrown at readers left and right, I couldn't think of anything else to ask for.  Did I mention the witty humor and subtle romance that are thrown into the mix as well?  See!  He didn't leave anything out!

I gave Pulse (Pulse Trilogy, #1) 4 shamrocks!!!!

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