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Tremor, the second book in bestselling author Patrick Carman's Pulse trilogy, is filled with more action-packed scenes and romance. Tremor will excite fans of I Am Number Four and The Maze Runner with its richly developed characters and electrifying story of love and revenge.

In the year 2051, some people have a second pulse. Like all who have "the pulse," Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore have telekinetic powers—they can move objects with their minds. But there are five second ...

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Overview

Tremor, the second book in bestselling author Patrick Carman's Pulse trilogy, is filled with more action-packed scenes and romance. Tremor will excite fans of I Am Number Four and The Maze Runner with its richly developed characters and electrifying story of love and revenge.

In the year 2051, some people have a second pulse. Like all who have "the pulse," Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore have telekinetic powers—they can move objects with their minds. But there are five second pulses in the world who have an even greater power: They are virtually indestructible. Both Faith and Dylan have the second pulse. As Dylan executes a plan to infiltrate enemy grounds, he'll have to face his only weakness—and a family secret that will threaten his very existence.

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Praise for TREMOR: “Filled with action, suspense, and some welcome humor, this is an accomplished second volume in Carman’s Pulse trilogy, and fans will eagerly await volume three.”
Pittacus Lore
Praise for PULSE: “Compelling and original, with pulse-pounding action and a poignant love story.”
James Dashner
Praise for PULSE: “Impressive! Fascinating and thought-provoking.”
Melissa Murray
Praise for TREMOR: “Everything happens in this book so fast, the revelations will make you gasp, the love will make you swoon, and the ending will just push you over the edge wanting the next book immediately.”
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Cheryl Clark
With superhuman powers of telekinesis and near invincibility, the second pulses are divided unevenly into opposing camps—“good guys” Faith and Dylan on one side, and Gretchen with her offspring, Wade and Clara, on the other. Each force is bolstered by an army of first pulses, who have substantially weaker powers. As each side trains for all-out war, Meredith sends her son Dylan to infiltrate the enemy, revealing that the head of the opposition is actually Dylan's father. The ploy gains no advantage, however, and a showdown unfolds with spectacular violence and the unleashing of a foe thought to have been neutralized long ago. The ostensible main character—Faith—is too angry and abrasive for readers to connect to her. In addition, her (supposedly) passionate romance with Dylan falls flat. A strange aspect of the novel is the doubling of character personalities, specifically that of the females. In terms of personality, the matriarchs on both sides—Meredith and Gretchen—are near carbon copies of each other, as are Faith and Clara. Unfortunately, the bulk of the novel slogs along with lackluster conflicts and action scenes, and it is only during the last few pages that the narrative sparks to life and the reader begins to feel a nudge of sympathy for the characters. Most likely, few readers will make it that far. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-13
Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore are two of only five people with an extra pulse, giving them strange and amazing abilities well beyond those of normal teenagers. But life in 2051 is anything but normal. They've already faced off against the Quinn twins, teens who have extra pulses along with really bad attitudes. Clara was responsible for murdering Faith's best friend, and Faith has vowed vengeance. The fifth extra pulse is Gretchen, the twins' mother, who has a military mind and the desire to change the world to something beyond twisted. Faith, Dylan and their computer-geek friend, Hawk, set out to discover where the Quinns are hiding. Surveillance leads them to an abandoned prison in the Colorado mountains, which they decide to infiltrate by having Dylan establish contact with Andre, the twins' father, who just happens to be his father as well. But this won't be a happy family reunion; it's just the best chance they have to discover what the Quinns have been planning…and to stop it if they can. The second installment in this trilogy keeps the pace moving and provides additional background to flesh out the characters' back stories. It all leads up to a tantalizing glimpse of what's yet to come in the final volume. (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—The second book in this engrossing and suspense-filled dystopian trilogy picks up where the first title left off. Faith, still angry and looking to avenge the death of her best friend, is learning to use her supernatural abilities for the upcoming battle with villain Andre; his brutal wife, Gretchen; and their evil twin offspring Wade and Clara. In her corner, the teen has the calming influence of Dylan, her boyfriend and fellow second pulse (a person with a superpower that renders them nearly indestructible), and her nerdy, faithful pal Hawk. A scouting report reveals that the nefarious family is holed up in a maximum-security prison in Colorado. In a reverse tip of the Luke Skywalker hat, Dylan enters the compound to tell Andre that he is his biological father. Although the evildoer is noticeably softened, he cannot allow his son to dissuade him from his mysterious criminal plan. The conflict between the desolated Eastern states and the strictly government controlled Western states takes a backseat in this volume. Instead, the focus is on the main characters, along with their allies, as they attempt to save the world while dealing with secrets, lies, and their own personal limitations and weaknesses. The conclusion sets up an exciting, climactic confrontation in the final volume, for which fans will be eagerly awaiting.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062085801
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Pulse Series , #2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 124,656
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Carman

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 book 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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  • Posted March 15, 2014

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    I want to thank Katherine Tegan (Harper Collins Teen) and Jean B

    I want to thank Katherine Tegan (Harper Collins Teen) and Jean Book Nerd for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.




    Blurb from Goodreads:
    In the year 2051, some people have a second pulse… 
    Like all who have “the pulse,” Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore have telekinetic powers—they can move objects with their minds. But there are five “second pulses” in the world who have an even greater power: Almost nothing can harm them. They are virtually indestructible. 
    Both Faith and Dylan have the second pulse. But the other side has second pulses, too, and they’ve been training for a war that has been brewing their entire lives. As Dylan executes a plan to infiltrate enemy grounds, he’ll have to face his only weakness, and a family secret that will threaten his very existence. 
    Together, Faith and Dylan are the only hope this world has left, but they must go their separate ways in order to accomplish their plan. Will their love survive? 
    With richly developed characters and heart-pounding action scenes, the second book in Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy continues the electrifying dystopian story of love and revenge.




    So, if you haven't read the first book in this series, STOP HERE! I cannot promise there won't be spoilers from the first book in this series




    First I must mention the cover of this book. I love it. It so fits the theme. And it's so nice to see a cover with something other than the characters on the front (as I like to form my own opinions of what the characters look like).




    This book picks up directly where the first left off. Faith has been introduced to her powers and she has learned to use them to her advantage.




    This series continues to fascinate me. It's really quite different from anything I have ever read. A mixture of dystopian and sci fi, it breeches limits I thought never could exist. If you are a fan of Xmen or Mafi's Shatter Me series or Bracken's Dangerous Minds series, then you will certainly be intrigued by Carme's Pulse series.




    Faith continues to be totally driven by revenge in this sequel. She wants more than anything to destroy both Clara and Gretchen. But she also wants to try hard to keep her revenge ideas a secret. So she only trusts her plan to Hawk, which is no surprising seeing as they have formed a fairly close relationship. She spends her time in this book separated by Dylan, her one true love, but it seems to work to the advantage of the book (as far as creating tension is concerned). Her anger is almost palpable in this book. She continues to remain strong and independent and is determined to overcome the evil she has been witnessing.
    Dylan, on the other hand, is totally in control. He puts himself in a precarious spot, so he can help his friends. He is willing to sacrifice himself so that the others may survive. While you see more of a selfish streak in Faith, Dylan is completely unselfish and chooses to sacrifice himself for the betterment of his friends and those he loves. And we get a lot of Dylan's background in this story: who is father is, where he came from, etc.
    Clara and Wade continue to be evil. Clara believes she can win Dylan over, and Wade continues to seriously crush on Faith to the determent of himself.
    You certainly get to see more of Clooger, Meredith, Hawk, Gretchen and Andre in this book. It's interesting to watch their personalities develop further. I continue to love Hawk; he is still my favorite character in this series. He's funny and quirky and you just want to be in his head. I love that he thinks he's going crazy (and in the end, well, a surprise hits you that you were not expecting).




    The plot moves in this one. There are a lot action scenes as well as emotional scenes. It really kept the pace of the book moving, which is really important for this book. The intensity and action keep you on their toes. It kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next.




    I think the thing that I liked most about this book is that it left things open for another edition to the series while it still had a complete story ARC. It's hard to come to a conclusion in the second book in a series without wanting to give a bit of cliffhanger for the next.




    I'm excited to see where Carmen takes the next book for sure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Pulse 2

    Omg Pulse was uhhhmayziiinggggg!!!! I hope this book is just as goood!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    OMG awesome

    Awesome. Pulse was good. This was better

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    Posted August 8, 2014

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