Pulse (Pulse Series #1)

Pulse (Pulse Series #1)

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by Patrick Carman

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Fans of action-packed sci-fi thrillers such as I Am Number Four and The Maze Runner will love bestselling author Patrick Carman's Pulse, with its epic action scenes and memorable love story.

In the year 2051, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a "pulse,"


Fans of action-packed sci-fi thrillers such as I Am Number Four and The Maze Runner will love bestselling author Patrick Carman's Pulse, with its epic action scenes and memorable love story.

In the year 2051, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a "pulse," and her mysterious classmate, Dylan Gilmore, 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 and throwing boulders. 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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A mix of dystopian, adventure, romance, and superhero origin tale, this book covers all the bases admirably as long as readers are able to suspend their disbelief. Faith Daniels lives in between the strictly government controlled Western and Eastern States, in a zone whose population is dwindling daily through the promised advantages of immigration to the west or east. She also has the Pulse. Dylan has been watching over Faith to find the right time to explain about the supernatural power of the rare few who have it. As events unfold, he is forced to reveal his secret and hers. Faith must adjust not only to her newfound powers but also come to terms with the loss of her parents and the unexpected murder of her best friend. All this must be done pronto, as the evil forces that wish to kill the duo and rule the world are gathering. Faith and Dylan find an ally in nerdy genius Hawk, who is able to hack into the tablets that control all communication and information. As Pulse comes to a close, the forces of good and evil face off for a showdown. Faith, Dylan, and Hawk await the chance to use their intellect and powers to save the world. Engrossing and suspense-filled, this book is sure to find an audience, and readers will eagerly await the sequel.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT
Publishers Weekly
Carman (the Dark Eden series) mixes high school drama with mutations and conspiracies in this impressive take on the postapocalyptic novel. In the near-future wasteland between the giant Eastern and Western States, the remaining teenagers attend sparsely populated schools, ordering goods and taking classes piped in from the States on their networked Tablets. If they decide to emigrate, they are given free transportation to one of the States and cut off from the network. When Faith Daniels’s school is consolidated into another one, she and her friend and fellow junior Liz meet attractive and dangerous twins Clara and Wade. Faith also discovers her “pulse,” a rare power that gives her telekinesis. After Liz’s family emigrates, Faith gets caught up in what could be the beginning of a war. Carman’s world-building doesn’t stand up to scrutiny (too many social structures appear designed to enable plot points), but the character-driven action should keep readers invested. A large but well-developed cast and some grim turns of events keep the story moving and lay groundwork for the next book in this planned trilogy. Ages 13–up. Agent: Peter Rubie, FinePrint Literary Management. (Mar.)
Pittacus Lore
“Compelling and original, with pulse-pounding action and a poignant love story.”
James Dashner
“Impressive! Fascinating and thought-provoking.”
VOYA - Stacey Hayman
In 2051, Faith lives in an area with an ever-shrinking population of people who live outside the States. Headed to a new school with her best friend, Liz, high school junior Faith understands that with only 133 total students, this recently consolidated system will not last much longer as families leave for the Western State. Meeting thirteen-year-old genius Hawk, athletic siblings Wade and Clara, and a quietly magnetic Dylan on the first day might have been the last significant lesson school would ever provide Faith. What these individuals teach her, intentionally or by accident, will change the future of the world forever. From the first chapter, key elements of this future world are poorly or incompletely explained. Details contradict bigger concepts, such as who or what provides the seemingly ample urban basic city services; who is providing the ubiquitous Tablets to outsiders; how do outsiders know there are States throughout the world but they cannot contact individual people living in a State; how do outsiders earn Coin to purchase expensive manufactured goods from a State; and even, if bread is in shortage, why are pancakes so plentiful? Additional story lines continue to be introduced but do not clarify what has come before. Eventually, persistent teens will begin to find some answers in the last third of the book. One-dimensional characters, a lack of tension in what could have felt like a dangerous setting, and too many disconnected pieces of information leave little to pull a reader into the experience. Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Best-selling author Carman launches a new series in a dystopian civilization that has its roots in today's United States. It's 2051, and global warming has wreaked havoc around the world. Most of America's remaining population has moved into one of the two remaining States, where life is stringently controlled and people are kept amused by whatever latest entertainment is available on their ever-present Tablets. Outside the States, life is freer, but even there, kids like Faith Daniels still have to go to school, despite shrinking student populations. On her own, she clings to her friendship with Liz while wondering what it would be like to have a boyfriend like Wade Quinn. She soon finds out that both Wade and his sister Clara are dangerous. When Liz and her family move into the Western State, Faith is even more alone, except for Hawk, a genius hacker, and Dylan, who can not only move things with his mind, but ward off almost all threats to his body. Faith has this extra "pulse" as well…if only Dylan can train her to use it in time. The third-person narration shifts from one character's perspective to another in short, colloquial chapters, keeping the pace swift from the beginning. Carman's grounding of his dystopia in this recognizable near-future makes it highly believable. The successful mix of suspense and romance combines with unexpected twists to keep readers engrossed from the start and begging for more. (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)

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James Dashner

“Impressive! Fascinating and thought-provoking.”

Pittacus Lore

“Compelling and original, with pulse-pounding action and a poignant love story.”

Meet the Author

Patrick Carman is the New York Times bestselling author of such acclaimed series as the Land of Elyon and Atherton, the teen superhero novel Thirteen Days to Midnight, and the first two books in the Pulse series. A multimedia pioneer, Patrick authored The Black Circle, the fifth title in the 39 Clues series, and the groundbreaking Dark Eden, Skeleton Creek, and Trackers books. An enthusiastic reading advocate, Patrick has visited more than one thousand schools, developed village library projects in Central America, and created author outreach programs for communities. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.

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Pulse 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not really sure about this one. another reviewer said it reads like a movie script and i agree with that, except its a really slow movie where you see pretty much everything coming. i get what the author is trying to set up here, im just not sure im that interested. wierd little items like what each persons weakness is reminded me of other books that were already done. plus, im afraid that some main characters will fail to evolve in the sequence of books, which can make them flat and unsatisfying when all is said and done. i really want to like this, because i really like the author and his other works, and i will read at least the next book, but im not sure yet that i will be glad i did it at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was, sad to say, not as good as the reviews promised. The plot was slow and undetailed and seemed more along the lines of a movie plot, with little development and obvious plot twist. I was really looking forward to this book based on the reviews, but it was mostly a let down. :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SPOILERS This book was very engaging. A bit slow to reveal details, and I would have liked to see Faith develop her powers more before suddenly becoming a powerful Pulse, but it was still very good. I also think that Clara is a bit too perfect, but overall a very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book a 3.5 because the plot and everything was very interesting. But after finishing the book, I had no idea what the main conflict was. Sure, there were a lot of problems, but none of them popped out at me. Anyway, the plot and characters were amazing and at times funny. WARNING: it was kindbof sad at the end but I won't tell because I don't want to ruin the book if you choose to read it- which you should. Overall, I thought the book was awesome and a page turner. I so recommend this book to sci-fy lovers and action lovers!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i loved this book i havent read a book as good as this one in a long time. I think that it is perfectly paced. There was alot of didnt-see-that-coming and omg moments. This book was pure perfection. I cant wait till the next books in the triligy come out but that is going to be along time from now so i guess we all have to wait and see what happens nexst
RecommendedJJ More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I often wonder if there are powerful people out there like that, that we don't even realize. It is worthy enough for me to pass it onto my roommate to read, because she heard me moaning about it while I was reading it. OH and I loved the trailer!
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Aimed at the 10-15 year old set, this book may have too much of a slow burn to hold a kid's attention. However, the writing style is clear, and while the plot is clearly all setup for later novels, the characters and setting are fascinating. Recommended for ages 10-14. 
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
I had been tremendously excited for this book when I got this. I was excited about the awesome cover and this really interesting concept. There were these people with the ability to use their minds to move stuff, not entirely different, but I'll bite this time to see if it was anything new. As excited as I was to read this, I wanted to DNF it several times. The characters were entirely bland and didn't stand out. I guess it was cool that they could move stuff with their minds, but that was just about it. I did enjoy Hawk, her techie friend, but even he was creepy and weird how he would constantly be watching her. Faith was just irritating and so selfish, even when she was learning how to use her powers. There was a sad attempt at a love triangle, but it all seemed convoluted and strange. It's always interesting in books that take place in the future because you wonder what type of technology they will come up with. This book had the added benefit of paranormal powers. By benefit, I'm using that term very lightly. There was this strange "drug" that they had which was a computer program that got you high. Cool right? How about the book making it essentially okay that one of Faith's Beau's used it on her. I also really didn't understand the ending. Maybe I was just missing the entire point of this book, but I couldn't connect. I didn't like the plot, the characters or really anything about it.
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Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I love dystopian reads. And when you mix dystopian with a little sci fi, yeah you got me hooked. And that's just what happened with this book. Honestly, when I started reading, I wasn't sure I liked the voice. I often find it hard to get into books that are written in third person. But once I immersed myself in this, I could not put it down. And it wasn't that it was so full of action and adventure (although that was certainly there), it was the characters, and their development and their reactions. The whole book was like a big puzzle I just pieced together and watched take shape! Blurb from Goodreads: 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. I can honestly say that my initial pull towards this book was not the blurb, but the cover. It's so meaningful to the book. I love that it's not faces of the characters or people in general, but it's a representation of the world Carman builds throughout the book. Faith is fairly typical for a teen. But she houses a secret that no one knows. And she also posses a power she herself can't even fathom. She's snarky and smart. She is not afraid to stand up for herself and go after what she wants. She's totally filled with attitude, which makes her a bit standoffish, but I am someone who appreciates a lot of sarcasm, and Faith certainly hits the mark in that area. She doesn't make friends easily, but when she does, she is profoundly loyal. And she tries hard not to let things get under her skin, but she can't help but feel that something is off at her new school, and something is off with those she is meeting there. One of her downfalls is how impulsive she can be. There is rarely any thinking with her once she sets her mind to something and this often leads her towards trouble. Dylan, he's quite mysterious when we first meet him. I wasn't sure if he was the brooding boy, or just shy. I venture to guess that it was all an act, knowing him as I do now. He is after something and he will stop at nothing to get it. He also won't let others get in his way, especially as he beings to form a relationship with Faith. Dylan is quite level headed and allows himself to think things through. He is not easily shaken from his position, and always has a way to reign people in. Faith's best friend, Liz, is in the story, but I can honestly say I didn't have a connection to her. I didn't feel who she was or what her purpose was, until she is used as a pawn. Then her appearance is understandable since she starts out as Faith's one true friend. Clara and Wade, well, there is something wrong with them. Their personalities are harsh and cruel. They want what they want and nothing will stand in their way, even if it means hurting a whole slew of people. I highly disliked them both (whIch I assume was what Carman was aiming for, if not, then he missed his mark). I am pretty sure Hawk is my favorite character. I love how sweet and endearing he is. And he's super smart, and not afraid to show it. His intelligence makes him seem much older than his 13 years. I was curious how he would fit into the story, since the other characters had a few years on him, but it really wasn't an issue. He's funny and a bit awkward and really not afraid to say what he wants to say. I'd like some more background on him. I can say that initially I had a hard time with the tone of the book. It took me a few chapters to get the feel or what Carman was going for: A world ravished by climate change where people were slowly dwindling from the outer lands and integrating themselves into the "states". We don't get too much of what happens inside the "States' themselves. As a matter of fact, it took me until almost 1/2 way through the book to really understand that Faith and her crew of friends were living in outer territories that didn't have much to offer. And I wondered much of the time why people would not just give in and integrate into the society held within the wall, where it seems there is so much more available (technology, food, etc.). I need more background as to why there are rebel groups, as to why these people choose not to go behind the wall. This was my biggest issue with this book and the reason I could not rate it higher than 4 stars. I did like Carman's pacing. He kept me turning the pages and sucked me into the story as I wondered what was going on and where he was leading his characters. I can say that I think Carman could have introduced a better understanding of his world earlier on in the book. It took too long for me to understand what was really going on. I also love how there is all this technology amongst a land that seems so barren and unable to sustain people. It's interesting that this technology would exist outside the "states" and that the government would even allow it. While there is this underlying dystopian element, it's not really as harsh as other world's I've been introduced to. The government allows the people outside the wall more freedom than I think they would afford in a highly regulated dystopian society such as the ones we see in The Hunger Games and Divergent. If you're looking for that type of society, you won't find it in this book. Overall I really enjoyed reading this. I want to know more about the rebels. I would also like to know more about what goes on behind the wall and why the rebels choose to stay out. There has to be something within that part of society that is striking a nerve with these people. I need more of it! Looking forward to seeing how it develops in Tremor.
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Awsome book can't till the sequeal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awsome can't wait for the next one!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanna read this book. Pitticus lore said it was great by the way the best selling series for i am number four and if you havent read that series i dont know what you are doing with you lives people. Well this bok sounds fun and new. Hopefully it worth 5 stars and when i am done reading it i will tell you . - I am number four fangirl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me really horny!