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Written in Fire completes the three novel Brilliance Saga. Note that these books MUST be read in order written or they will make no sense at all.
The genre of the Brilliance Saga is contemporary sci-fi; that is, it occurs in a fictionally faltered present. One percent of the populations are classified as brilliant. That one percent is discriminated against and they rebel violently.
These three books are likely destined to be classics, but probably as a single book. This saga is a must read even for those who do normally like science fiction. Luke Daniels does a great job of narration.
It is ironic that Written in Fire was released on the same day as Destroyer: Rewinder Book 2 by Brett Battles which is another much anticipated and unusual contemporary science fiction novel.
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The good: Like the predecessors, this book is non-stop action. And for better or worse, the conflicting parties (Sons of Liberty vs Children of Darwin) are extremely realistic and mirror many of the horrible world events going on lately. I found myself actually growing anxious about what they would do next.
The mediocre: It's just more of the same. The characters stay the same, the locations stay the same. In the first book, meeting Eric Epstein for the first time was a truly great scene. Epstein in book 3 was exactly the same - sitting in his cave and being socially awkward. There was an attempt to show stress and fatigue, but it was superficial.
The bad: Without giving away anything, I was disappointed in the ending. I thought the main antagonist broke out of character at the end (or at least did not use his gift consistently). John Smith's master plan (or most of it) was disappointingly convoluted and inelegant. The final resolution made me face palm.
On the other hand, I did like the epilogue, unlike some other reviewers.
All in all, it's good to have closure, but as you can tell, I was disappointed. The series started off strong but did not live up to its potential. Overall, I'd give the series 4 stars, but I thought this book individually was closer to a 3.
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Once again Sakay has created anotger thiught provoking sequal. A finely read ending to a brilliant trilogy.
Tad predictable finale, but good characters and decent storyline. Solid series, would recommend to anyone.
Twists and turns, Make sure you read to the very end. Narration was great. Scary how real this all could be. Good to know it is just in the mind of the writer, but very relatable.