Pulse – Patrick Carman

14760527Pulse (Pulse #1) – Patrick Carman
February 26, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: library

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.

I will start by saying I had read reviews stating that this book was mostly mediocre so I had my bar set pretty low but given that dystopian is my current go to genre I had to give this one a chance and I am glad I did! On top being a dystopian setting this book deals with telekinesis, which I have been enjoying lately.  This book had its unique elements but also things that made it the same as so many dystopias. There are people within society and there are people outside society. Almost the entire novel is set outside the walls of society. What I found interesting about this world is that everyone chooses when they join society and you do not get punished per say if you choose not to be a member of society. When you are a member of society you have access to more (medicine, TV channels, you know the essentials) and by choosing to be outside the walls you get only what is necessary (plus movies come out at a delayed rate).

The pacing of this book was only OK. I think if the whole book was paced like the second half I would have enjoyed it more. The first half of the book did contain needed world building but also contained many scenes that did not add to the plot in any way. Telekinesis doesn’t even come into past the hallway mark. There was a point where this felt like just a set up for the next book. Also after we start finding out what having a Pulse really means, I felt like we kept getting only half explanations as to how and why people have “pulses”.

I have a bone to pick with Faith’s character. She is supposed to be a smart girl. Not only is she book-smart with her AP/honors classes but she has been living on her own for some time. But what I don’t understand is why she falls so hard for the boys in this book. I felt that there was no reasoning behind her crushes besides “he’s cute”.  In the end the romance aspect was satisfactory but that’s only because Dylan’s character finally gets some backstory.

In general I enjoyed this book. There were a few twists in the story that I did not see coming and found pleasantly surprising. If the romance was more convincing and the pacing a little better in the first half, I think I would have loved this book. Overall 4/5 stars.

My Recommendations
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