Book Review: Brilliance

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

Synopsis from Amazon: In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

This book was really good, almost surprisingly so. I don’t know what I expected, but I definitely wasn’t prepared for the depth or the intricacy of the plot. The book is set in modern-day DC (and U.S.), but with a twist. It’s sort of Homeland-esque, with terrorist takedowns and political strategy everywhere.

I can’t say more without give away twists, but I highly recommend it. As it seems all the books I’ve read lately are, this is going to be a movie and a trilogy, but I’m pretty excited for both of those things.

Favorite Quote: “Maybe the world would burn. But if truth was all it took to start the fire, maybe it needed to.”


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