Author: Patrick Carman
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Year Published: 2013
Page Count: 371
I first found out about Pulse when I was on a Goodreads hyperlink clicking frenzy one night. It popped up in the ‘recommendations’ section, and the cover instantly intrigued me. The first thing I thought when I saw the cover was how it gave me a Divergent feel. I mean look at it. It has a random landscape in the background, the foreground has a prominent icon that is presented with circle symmetry, and the typography is a simple bold typeface. The similarities are even stronger when you consider the fact that Katherine Tegen is the publisher of the Divergent series. I’m sensing that someone in the marketing department of this publishing house thought that they could draw off the sales of Divergent by making it seem similar. Divergent similarities aside, I do really love this cover, and it is definitely what made me want to read more about it.
Pulse is set in the future, year 2051 to be precise. The world is in drastic climate change, and to protect the populations, countries worldwide have created states (I’m not quite sure why they thought this was the best solution as I can’t remember). In the former USA, two states exist: the Western State and the Eastern State. Between these two is a vast expanse of abandoned towns and small communities housing outsiders – people who are reluctant to assimilate into these newer states. Every day the states’ boundary lines expand, and more outsiders make the decision to join either of the states. Faith Daniels is one of the outsiders, facing the difficulties of living on the outside. Resources are tight, friends are leaving, and the schooling system is slowly diminishing. Within this world, some are gifted with the pulse – the ability to move objects with your mind. With the help of her classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith discovers that she has the pulse, and is dragged into a battle against the people with pulses who are meant to be the bad guys (it gets really confusing to understand why exactly they’re fighting, hence why I say meant to be the bad guys). Continue reading