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By Wayne on 12-01-16
Brilliant! Incredible! Wonderful!
Written in Fire completes the three novel Brilliance Saga. Note that these books MUST be read in order written or they will make no sense at all.
The genre of the Brilliance Saga is contemporary sci-fi; that is, it occurs in a fictionally faltered present. One percent of the populations are classified as brilliant. That one percent is discriminated against and they rebel violently.
These three books are likely destined to be classics, but probably as a single book. This saga is a must read even for those who do normally like science fiction. Luke Daniels does a great job of narration.
It is ironic that Written in Fire was released on the same day as Destroyer: Rewinder Book 2 by Brett Battles which is another much anticipated and unusual contemporary science fiction novel.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Miachi on 20-07-16
More of the same (which is not bad)
The good: Like the predecessors, this book is non-stop action. And for better or worse, the conflicting parties (Sons of Liberty vs Children of Darwin) are extremely realistic and mirror many of the horrible world events going on lately. I found myself actually growing anxious about what they would do next.
The mediocre: It's just more of the same. The characters stay the same, the locations stay the same. In the first book, meeting Eric Epstein for the first time was a truly great scene. Epstein in book 3 was exactly the same - sitting in his cave and being socially awkward. There was an attempt to show stress and fatigue, but it was superficial.
The bad: Without giving away anything, I was disappointed in the ending. I thought the main antagonist broke out of character at the end (or at least did not use his gift consistently). John Smith's master plan (or most of it) was disappointingly convoluted and inelegant. The final resolution made me face palm.
On the other hand, I did like the epilogue, unlike some other reviewers.
All in all, it's good to have closure, but as you can tell, I was disappointed. The series started off strong but did not live up to its potential. Overall, I'd give the series 4 stars, but I thought this book individually was closer to a 3.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By clifford on 21-01-16
Sad ending to this trillogy
I was jumping out of my seat with bliss reading Brilliance. That book was pure joy in my mind. I loved it.
However, the two sequels were poorly thought through in my mind. What made Brilliance special was the weaving plot and character development. The sequels tried to have intricate plots, but they are so full of holes it makes for laughs rather than tense expectations. Also the characters dont change in these stories. They are already fully developed. Sakey pulls punches. You can tell he cares about those he created and does not do anything to further the character development a novel needs to live.
This story was decently written. The style is crisp and moves along. Its just where it moves to is goofy. Its the end of the world and only one man can save us. Blah.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Barry on 17-01-16
4.5 stars for the book, 5 for the series
this was a fun and interesting series. the premise is great, the characters interesting, and you care about them (or fear some of them). The story escalated through the books without jumping the shark. Interesting that the end of this book leaves things open for another.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Mark Hancock on 24-01-16
Great end to series with excellent narration
Marcus Sakey has written a wonderful trilogy, with another one in the future, I'm guessing. He understands the concept of creating stakes with his writing, & amps them up across multiple character arcs & storylines with a lot of shades of very deep grey. Flew through the series because I just couldn't stop listening.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
By S. Yates on 18-04-17
Any additional comments?
This trilogy would make an excellent and smart television series, which I mean as high praise. It has a fantastic blend of action, human interest, real emotion, and that twist of science fiction that would make it entertaining, impactful, and smart. The pacing is crisp and the cast of characters varied, and it serves equally well as a thriller and as moral/political parable. Sakey does an admirable job tying up enough loose ends and giving enough characters their just desserts to leave a reader satisfied, but with enough left open for a reader to think. Not exactly a cliff hanger, but a reminder that things rarely resolve neatly and without complication and that the world imagined on the page (with strife and division, mistrust and misguided patriotism) is not at that far of a remove from real life.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful