Apr 18, 2013

Review: Pulse by Patrick Carman

Title: Pulse
Author: Patrick Carman
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: 2.26.2013
Pages: 384
Genre: Dystopian
Series: Pulse Trilogy #1
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: B

Summary (from Goodreads):
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 did an amazing job of writing not only a believable story but amazing as well. With its time frame only 30 years from now, you could actually imagine a world such as this. It's a little scary to think about.

Faith is one of a kind. I loved how you were thrown in her "normal" life only to watch it get turned upside down by the unthinkable. You really got to know her and understand her need for Liz and then Hawk.

Tablets and natural disasters? Sounds familiar. I think that was the best part of this book. The similarities you can pull from to our own modern way of life. The believability here is what makes this story. The only twist on reality is the Pulse.

The only thing I wasn't quite sure about was how he went about it. You were like clueless up until the end. Secrets and half-truths left you needing to read more. Which is why I came to like this book. The mystery and suspecting left you with only glimpses of what was going on but in the end it was totally worth it. I cannot wait for the next installment to find out more about this cataclysmic world so close to what could actually happen.

Carman definitely delivered with this adventurous, suspenseful tale of great characters and evolving relationships. If you haven't read it, do it.

Reviewer: Gabrielle


  1. I've been really curious about this one Gabrielle! I loved his Dark Eden series, it was a super suspenseful series as well, so I know he's amazing at that type of book. Really looking forward to diving into this book and surrounding myself with all these secrets and half truths:)

    1. I will definitely have to read his other books. I hope you enjoy!

  2. I don't know if I will be able to handle not knowing until the End, that typically drives me nuts. But the fact that it is believable makes it sound more promising. Great review :)

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert


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