Book Review: Pulse by Patrick Carman

Pulse #1
Author: Patrick Carman
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction | Dystopia
Released: February 26th 2013
Review Source: Katherine Tegen Books

In the year 2051, who has a pulse?

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 who are so powerful they can flatten their enemies by uprooting streetlights, throwing boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with her unusual 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 and epic triumph about the power of the mind--and of love.

Holy mother of all surprises, this book was pretty amazing to read. I was not expecting to enjoy Pulse as much as I did. The mystery and actions, with a taste of good romance, this book was perfectly timed.

One of things I enjoyed about this book is how well you get to learn the characters. I am really not a fan of third person, since most books I read are first person, but this book was simply beautifully written. And the way the world and characters are well described, I really found this captivating.

From the very beginning, we learn Faith Daniel is unaware she is able to move things while she sleeps. But what I got my attention was the mystery of the shadow. Who is watching Faith move things around why she sleeps? Creepy I must say. Let alone unlocked her protected Tablet.

Later we come to learn that this Tablet is they way of life in the future. This is where student are thought their lessons, and pretty much is equipped daily tasks. No matter what you do to this Tablet, it could heal itself. The moment this Tablet goes off, a white van will come to get you to take you to The Western State, a mysterious unknown place. Said what?! You just have to give in to the inevitable! Crazy, right?

So how would a person have access to Faith’s Tablet and read it at night while she sleeps? And why would this person want to know about her?

I love a good mystery book and I really liked this one. Pulse is a very unique dystopian novel, in which we learn very few people have a Pulse, let alone a second pulse. I loved how everything comes together at the end and it brings you a good fight between these four individuals. I cannot wait to learn what Tremor has to offer and which team will conquer. So if you are looking for something new to read, then you give Pulse a try!


  1. I love when a book surprises you in a good way. Is there a second book yet?

  2. It came out today! Currently reading it :)


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