“Holds the reader in thrall until the final crack of an unthinkable doom—then offers more. Cooper's fight demonstrates the importance of decency, principle, and love in a world where politicians' promises of ‘protection’ lead to the bitterest enslavement.” —Publishers Weekly
“A decidedly adult, disturbingly feasible spin to the dystopian future trend overtaking literature.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“An allegory of America devouring its own…A first-rate actioner forever pulsing forward, told in vivid, even poetic prose.” —Booklist
“Triumphant...Reads like a more gut-punching X-Men story told from a different perspective...Full of moments that will leave you gasping.” —Examiner.com
“Sakey is an absolute master of the suspense novel...The book moves with the speed of a cheetah on cocaine...One of the best books I have read this year.” —Crimespree Magazine
“A Better World shines.” —Toledo Blade
The brilliants changed everything. Since 1980, one percent 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.
From Marcus Sakey, “the master of the mindful page turner” (Gillian Flynn) and “one of our best storytellers” (Michael Connelly), Book Two of the Brilliance Saga is a relentless thrill ride that will change the way you look at your world—and the people around you.
“The kind of story you’ve never read before.” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher Series
“Ridiculously good. I love this story so much.” —Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl
“Simply put, Marcus Sakey's Brilliance saga is awesome.” —Kirkus