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Pulse, Book 1
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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pulse is set in near-future suburbia, after the United States has been split into two separate super States. It features teen characters with psychic powers. The language is mildly salty ("damn," "hell," "ass," "piss"), with only one or two uses of "s--t" or "bulls--t." There's no drinking or smoking, but the protagonist receives two doses of a fictional drug against her will. The violence is not graphic, but there are two scenes that involve murder. The level of sexual content is low, with mild flirting and some kissing.
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What's the story?
Faith Daniels lives in the no-mans'-land between two separate, but gigantic, States and attends a high school that is little more than a day care for teens. She is attracted to super-athlete Wade Quinn but also fascinated by mysterious newcomer Dylan Gilmore. What Faith doesn't realize is that she harbors within her a "pulse," the telekinetic ability to move objects with her mind. Will she be able to harness it in time to prevent disaster for herself, friends, and family?
Is it any good?
For a book that spills its central premise on its front cover flap, PULSE takes a long time to get to its point. Readers who persevere will be rewarded with some compelling action scenes and a couple of intriguing plot reversals. The tale ends just as it's getting truly interesting, so perhaps the future volumes in this projected trilogy will be able to maintain a consistent level of suspense and engagement.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of stories about teens with psychic powers. Why do you think they're so popular?
If everyone were equipped with super-fast, portable tablet computers, how might that effect education? Would human teachers still be needed?
Assuming your don't possess psychic powers, what are good ways to stand up to bullies?
- Author: Patrick Carman
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Friendship, High School, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Publication date: February 26, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
- Number of pages: 384
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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