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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.


by Patrick Carman

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Overall Review:  

Pulse was unique in many aspects.  First, unlike many other post-apocalyptic telepathic teenager novels the main character starts out as a fairly normal, oblivious, teenage girl--nothing unusual.  Another unique characteristic is the novel's pacing; it's much slower than most young adult books, and allows the author to build up a little bit of suspense for the slightly predictable but very exciting climax.  The few romances in the novel are light, and not really romances so much as teenage girl interests, but I'm keen to see if the characters develop into more complex beings later in the series as they begin to address challenges.  However, for now, Pulse provides realistic characters and an interesting concept to intrigue fans of science fiction!

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 5 religious exclamations; 19 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity; 1 deragatory name; 5 scatalogical terms; 4 anatomical terms.


Violence/Gore: Several threats are issued; there are fights scenes involving fists, guns, grenades, and thrown objects resulting in death and injury; there is one instance of blood and gore; one violent death without description.


Sex/Nudity:  Characters kiss and cuddle--passionately once.  A character mentions having a dream where she and another male character are skinny-dipping and she wraps her legs around him-no explicit details but sexual activity is implied. A character thinks a male character has taken advantage of her while she was passed out.

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Drugs, death, oppressive government.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Characters use mind-altering drugs.

Reviewed By Jackson
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