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BOOK REVIEW: A Better World by Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey’s latest book is the second in his Brilliance saga. A quarter of a century ago, a small percentage of the population was born with special abilities: pattern recognition, heightened senses, and others that set them apart from the rest of the population. The result was a society that has begun to take advantage of their gifts: the United States is in the midst of a technological boom, while tensions have begun to emerge between abnorms and normal, not unlike we’ve seen before in comics such as The Uncanny X-Men. A Better World picks up shortly after Brilliance leaves off, where agent Nick Cooper toppled a president while working under the Department of Analytics and Response (DAR). The first novel in this cycle was an excellent look at the response to differences: fear, restrictions, monitoring, and more. It’s an interesting look at a move from a far freer society to a militarized police state.
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5 Questions with Marcus Sakey, Author of BRILLIANCE and A BETTER WORLD

Marcus Sakey has worked as a landscaper, a theatrical carpenter, a 3D animator, a woefully unprepared movie reviewer, a tutor, and a graphic designer who couldn’t draw. In 2007 his first novel, The Blade Itself, was published to wide critical acclaim, and thank god, because nothing else seemed to be working. His books, which inlcude The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, The Amateurs, Good People, Accelerant (At The City’s Edge), and Scar Tissue, have been nominated for more than a dozen awards. His fiction is sold worldwide. His latest novel, A Better World, was published by Thomas & Mercer in June 2014.

Pre-publication, Brilliance was optioned for film by Legendary Pictures in a seven-figure deal, with Spider-Man scribe David Koepp attached to adapt. His novel Good People is currently shooting in London; the film, which stars James Franco, Kate Hudson, and Tom Wilkinson is directed by Academy Award-nominated Henrik Genz. Several of his other books have also been optioned for film.

Marcus is the host and writer of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on Travel Channel, for which he is routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs. He has rappelled with SWAT teams, pub crawled with bank robbers, dissected a human brain, dived for pirate treasure, and learned to pick a deadbolt. He claims it was all for research. He loves travelling, especially if he might hurt himself. He is an excellent cook and a spice junkie. He enjoys writing about himself in the third person.

Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook, where he posts under the clever handle @MarcusSakey.

Marcus’s two newest novels, Brilliance, and A Better World have met with wide acclaim, and he kindly answered a few of my questions about the series!
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