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Pulse by Patrick Carman Book Review

From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse,” the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.
The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. 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 so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great 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, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.

What I felt for this book in one word: Disappointment.

I don't know what I expected, but it definitely wasn't this boring. With the slow-pacing and the obnoxious characters, I had my work cut out for me in this book. I had my problems with this book and I'm not proud of it.

The slow pace was really annoying. Half way through the book and nothing remotely important happened. When something sort of important happens, it slumps back into boring-ness. And don't even get me started on that stupid love triangle. The love triangle has Wade, Faith, and Dylan in it. I don't know how Wade is in love with Faith exactly. It was just an insta-love moment right there, and it has Wade thinking about Faith all the time. Wade also slips Faith drugs so.. what kind of messed-up love is this? Dylan wasn't admirable either.. this doesn't make a very good love triangle.

So this book has this idea of a person having two Pulses. One for moving things and one of protecting oneself. That idea is very cool and all but the second Pulse makes it practically impossible to kill the opponent. With that, you got a bunch of enemies that are literally impossible to kill unless you know their weak points.. GREAT.. Rant over.

If you made it through this review, you are awesome. CLAPS FOR YOU. *claps*

My name's Ariella and I'm a 14 year old Canadian girl that loves to read. Everything began with a book called the Lightning Thief and from there I was hooked. I enjoy and read all kinds of genres but my favourites are paranormal and mythology. I love reading YA books but I love Middle Grade books as well. I also blog over at Secrets of Lost Words. You can usually find me crawling on twitter so feel free to contact me!


  1. Oh boy, I think I better stay away from this one. Boring and obnoxious characters are not a good combination..

  2. This one sounds like it could have had potential. Too bad it was such a disappointment. I don't think I'll be picking it up anytime soon, especially because I hate invincible characters.

  3. Awww that sucks! I am not a fan of love triangles to begin with and pair that with the slow pace, and the uninteresting plot line, I don't think this sounds very enjoyable. This is something I wouldn't pick up. Or at the most, I could forgive all the rest if at least the characters were interesting...too bad that's not the case here. Sorry it didn't work out for you. Hope your next read is better! Thanks for the honest review, Ariella! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 


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