Book Nerd Guest Post
Patrick Carman is the award-winning author of many books for young adults and children. He grew up in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from Willamette University. His birthday is February 27th, 1966. He spent a decade living in Portland, where he worked in advertising, game design, and technology.
Patrick Carman has been a life long writer and storyteller. He writes books for young adults and children for Scholastic and Little Brown Books For Young Readers. His bestselling series work includes The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot’s Park, 39 Clues, and Skeleton Creek. Mr. Carman’s books have been translated into approximately two dozen languages.
Mr. Carman spends his free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball and tennis, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with his wife and two daughters.
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Telekinesis is one of those words that bothers me. Who comes up with this stuff? They should give writers and teens and artists the opportunity to name some of these things before setting them in concrete. I’m telling you, it was a teenager or a nerd or both who came up with ZOMBIES. Had to be! If we’d left ‘the walking dead’ to a scientific minded professor of psychology we’d have gotten something lame like Telekinesis. I’m sure of it.
I’d love it if someone could come up with a better word for people who can move things with their minds. Like ZINGLERS or MOVABLERS…okay those are bad, and this is obviously harder than I thought. VAMPIRE is so great. It’s got sizzle. Someone call the vampire zombie word person!
On a related topic, when I was a teenager I never wished I was a zombie or a vampire. Maybe a zombie vampire hunter, but not a blood sucking dead guy. But I thought a lot about being able to move things with my mind. Like I’d lie in bed at midnight and think about the cookies on the kitchen counter. I imagined them floating down the hall towards my room, because the power of my will to have them was bigger than Godzilla. I also thought about picking up my school and moving it across town. With my mind! These were the kinds of things that would impress the girl I wanted to ask out. And I really wanted to impress her.
If you ever thought about this kind of stuff (or still do) and also wonder what the world might look like in 2051, the story of Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore might interest you. Faith and Dylan can move things with their minds. They’ve got the PULSE (aka telekinesis!). They’re also attempting the hardest movement of all –getting someone else’s heart to inch its way towards your own.
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.
This teen fantasy is full of action and takes you to places that are rarely explored. Author Patrick manages to create a unique futuristic story while providing realistic relationships and high-impact action sequences. The writing style makes the story addictive and will have readers fully drawn throughout. Faith’s discovery of her “pulse” and the way she handles it is told in beautiful storytelling format. Readers are able to absorb all of her thoughts and emotions through the book’s descriptive texts. The twists and turns presented will have readers on the edge of their seats. The ending provided a boiling point that concluded with a cliffhanger. Pulse is a smart and exciting way to introduce the series. Patrick manages to grab you from the start and maintains to keep a tight grip throughout. It encompasses all the elements that make a great book: brilliant writing, fresh idea, remarkable characters, and the ability to simply blow your mind.