Friday, May 2, 2014

Tremor by Patrick Carman

Series: Pulse Trilogy (bk. 2)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/Near-future

Subjects: paranormal, psychic ability, supernatural, telekinesis

Setting: California and throughout the US about 47 years in the future

POV/Tense: 3rd person POV omniscient

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 358 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover 

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen: Katherine Tegan

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review:  Tremor was not as good as Pulse was. I lacked the romance and excitement of the first book. It was still pretty fast paced, but the 3rd person omniscient POV was really starting to annoy me and I ended up skimming a lot. I really hated when it jumped into different peoples minds. I didn’t know who was thinking what. The story just jumped around way too much. I really don’t like knowing what everyone is doing or thinking in the story because it’s not engaging. I don’t want God’s POV. I want only one of two people’s POVs. Michael Grant is the only author who does a very good job jumping to different people’s POVs because he always uses chapter breaks to separate them. Carman used everyone point of view in the same paragraph with no separation.

I still loved the whole concept of a Pulse that lets people move things with their minds, as well as themselves. Telekinesis, levitation, flying, and even the 2nd pulse that makes some one invincible. The invincible thing reminded me of 13 Days till Midnight, a previous YA book by Patrick Carman. The second Pulse is like a shield of indestructibleness, but has a weakness.

The world building I still consider dystopian, though it’s not survival or resistance to government. There’s 2 States in what is the US. These State are big cities that utilize space. Other cities have been zeroed. No more electricity or water. The States were made to save the planet from people. The book is only 47 years in the future, so it’s not too far off. There’s tablets that can alter in size.

I still like the character Hawk the best out of all the characters. He reminds Cody from Unremembered by Jessica Brody. Genus kid that is amazing at math and likes to invent things and hack things. Faith is okay, but really bent on revenge. I like Dylan, mostly because in the first book he was really great. Swoon-worthy, even.

The book had action/thriller elements, but it was sci-fi overall. We find out something major at the end that could make book three really interesting. I recommend this series if you like Unremembered by Jessica Brody, Blackout by Robison Wells, Gone by Michael Grant, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. If you enjoy the show Tomorrow People, or the X-Men movies.

Cover Art Review: I like the prison tower rising up in the air. It’s a cool image. I wish the cover was embossed.

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