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Author: Patrick Carman
Series: Pulse #2
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Source: Book Nerd Tours, Katherine Tegen Books
Genre(s): YA Science Fiction, Adventure, Thriller, Dystopian
Review Spoilers: Low
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In the year 2051, some people have a second pulse…
Like all who have “the pulse,” Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore have telekinetic powers—they can move objects with their minds. But there are five “second pulses” in the world who have an even greater power: Almost nothing can harm them. They are virtually indestructible.
Both Faith and Dylan have the second pulse. But the other side has second pulses, too, and they’ve been training for a war that has been brewing their entire lives. As Dylan executes a plan to infiltrate enemy grounds, he’ll have to face his only weakness, and a family secret that will threaten his very existence.
Together, Faith and Dylan are the only hope this world has left, but they must go their separate ways in order to accomplish their plan. Will their love survive?
With richly developed characters and heart-pounding action scenes, the second book in Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy continues the electrifying dystopian story of love and revenge.
Picking up where the first book left off, Tremor brings us back into the world of Faith Daniels, Dylan Gilmore, and their friends and enemies. While the first entry in the series may have been about setting the scene, world building, and introducing characters things get real in Tremor. Faith is guided by a need to learn to embrace her second pulse and get revenge on Clara Quinn so she’s thrown herself into training and getting to know the band of rebels and renegades she joined at the end of the first book. And while Faith sometimes feels like our primary hero Tremor is much more Dylan’s story this time around.
Surprise, surprise. Dylan’s mother hasn’t been entirely honest with him either as a parent or as leader of this little resistance. Meredith may have had her reasons but now the cat is out of the bag and Dylan finds himself entering the enemy’s camp on false pretenses pretending to betray the resistance. While he’s gone in alone he’s not really alone. Faith, Hawk, and friend Clooger are along for the ride providing support. And Dylan needs it. Because once he’s so deeply embedded that anyone in his position would find their fundamental beliefs challenged to some extent.
At least he’s got Faith.
But that isn’t always the greatest comfort when you’re facing not only your mortal enemies – Wade and Clara Quinn – but also a particularly deep and dark family secret. And by the end of the book things might even be a whole lot worse.
Where Pulse took a lot of time to set up the dystopian setting, Tremor is a much more action packed and fast moving thriller. Things never get boring and it’s hard to really walk away from the book. You need to know what happens next and you pretty much know the whole time that the moment you start thinking you can stop reading that something is going to happen that makes you want to read on. I read it in one day and only put it down with I had to answer the phone or make food.
I was really glad that Dylan sort of took the forefront this time around though the cast of characters whose point of view we shift in and out of is certainly just as large as ever this time around. Even though Hawk is my favorite character. To be fair, I actually like Wade and as much as we all want these two twins to die they are actually pretty great antagonists. I really liked Andre, too, and being a it more in his and Gretchen’s heads. Well written antagonists are a favorite part of storytelling for me. So often people don’t do them well. But you love to hate the twins and Gretchen. (My opinions on Andre remain sort of split.)
Definitely a great successor to the first book even if the first in the series is still my favorite. Trilogies tend to all take the ‘Star Wars route’ for me. I loved Star Wars and Return of the Jedi but as a kid Empire Strikes Back (as awesome as it is) was definitely my least favorite.
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About the Author
Patrick Carman is the award-winning author of many books for young adults and children. He grew up in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from Willamette University. His birthday is February 27th, 1966. He spent a decade living in Portland, where he worked in advertising, game design, and technology.
Patrick Carman writes books for young adults and children for Scholastic, Harper Collins, and Little Brown Books For Young Readers. His bestselling books and series includes The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot’s Park, 39 Clues, Floors, Trackers, Thirteen Days to Midnight, Dark Eden, Pulse, 3:15, and Skeleton Creek. Mr. Carman’s books have been translated into approximately two dozen languages.
Mr. Carman spends his free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball, golfing badly, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with his wife and two daughters.