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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Patrick Carman's Tremor is a post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure that picks up where the previous installment, Pulse, left off. It features characters with telekinetic powers who repeatedly attempt to kill each other, usually to no avail. The level of violence is fairly low, at least until a climactic battle, in which major supporting characters are killed, along with untold foot soldiers and bystanders. Sexual content is low, with romantic encounters consisting of mostly passionate kissing and hugging. The language is the book is mildly salty, with a dozen or so instances each of "damn," "hell," and "ass," and less frequent uses of "bitch," "bastard," and "s--t." Drug use is mentioned only in passing.
What's the story?
After the collapse of society in North America, Faith Daniels, and Dylan Gilmore not only possess telekinetic powers but have the coveted "second pulse," which makes them virtually indestructible. However, their sworn enemies also have second pulses and are gearing up for all-out war. In a game-changing move, Dylan infiltrates their stronghold and puts himself at their mercy. Meanwhile, Faith and her compatriots work to save him. No matter how well they execute their plan, however, no one is prepared for the secrets that will be ultimately revealed.
Is it any good?
Author Patrick Carman keeps the suspense high and engineers a couple of neat plot twists in the middle of the book and at the end. TREMORS slightly changes up the scenario established in trilogy starter Pulse: Although there's still plenty of telekinetic mayhem, the focus is now on a game of wits between Dylan and his "captors." This emphasis on mind games rather than punch-outs is a good way to avoid the sophomore slump and keep the saga feeling fresh. Tremors will leave readers primed for the series conclusion.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Author: Patrick Carman
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Publication date: February 25, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
- Number of pages: 368
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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