SciFi Book Review: Pulse

Pulse by Patrick Carman

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 who are so powerful they can flatten their enemies by uprooting streetlights, throwing boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with her unusual 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.

Faith is a seemingly average girl, though tall and only attracted to tall guys. She’s immediately attracted to a mysterious boy who turns out to be hiding a dark secret. But later she discovers that she can control objects with her mind. And she’s not the only one. There’s a lot of teen angst – between Faith’s crushes and a jealous sister. But there’s a lot of dark, heart-breaking drama as well. The villains are truly evil. And I like Faith’s rebellious character. I only wish Dylan’s quiet personality was fleshed out a bit more.

This is the first in a new dystopian trilogy, with plenty of drama, suspense, action, romance, and super-powered antics. It has the feel of a very dark, post-apocalyptic, young X-Men versus an enemy with a yet unknown agenda. Not enough answers were given in this first installment, in my opinion. There are a lot of secrets, some reveals, but not enough to remember by next year’s sequel. I enjoyed the unique story and premise of this trilogy, but I preferred Carman’s Atherton series much more. Pulse just seemed to sacrifice character development for the exciting plot and shock value.

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