Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Review: Pulse by Patrick Carman

Goodreads summary:

From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse,” the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.

The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. 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 so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great 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.

Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.

My review:

Pulse was an okay read for me.  It was disappointing on some levels, but overall it was a unique read.

What I didn't like: the romance, and some of the characters.  The romance is pretty much like all the other love stories out there.  The main character Faith is immediately in love with Dylan and finds him mysterious, dangerous, and intriguing.  I just didn't find the love story to be convincing or realistic at all. 

And the characters.  They are all simply okay-ish.  I didn't connect much with Faith; I thought she makes some stupid decisions and is really naive and clueless.  Hawk is a good friend to her at times, and I liked her best friend Liz a lot.  I thought there were too many POVs, though.  The book got confusing sometimes with all the different characters. 

But at least the plot is pretty original.  I really like the idea of telekinesis in a dystopian world, and combined with the cool sci-fi elements, it made for an interesting plot.  I was drawn into the story, and I have to say that out of the many dystopian novels I've read, this one definitely has a unique twist.  My only other problem would be the pacing; I felt that the book simply dragged on too long.

Would I recommend Pulse?  If you're looking for strong, well-developed characters and romance without insta-love, a bit of a love triangle, and a creepy stalker dude, then no, I would not recommend Pulse.  But if you can look past the characters and romance and enjoy the creative plot, then you might want to consider giving Pulse a try.

* I won an advance copy through Goodreads First Reads

My rating:  6 out of 10 (3 stars)

~ The Bookworm

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