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The light is fading fast and Esa must find shelter before the deviants come crawling out of the woodwork. From the moment she steps into the darkened room her life takes a terrifying turn and she is pulled away from her post apocalyptic world. More

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Published by Anchor Group
Words: 92,790
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301426065

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Review by: m Williams on Dec. 02, 2013 :
Book 35/100. I read Pulse by HJ Daly. I recommend this book. This author creates a new world on Earth with two realms after something called a Pulse devastates everything. The main character is Esa. She's lived by herself since the Pulse before she can remember. She has only the clothes on her back, a dagger and a pack. Her scars tell of her hard journey in life fighting to live. She meets a Spinner named Rootu. She's not sure of him at first but grows to care for him as she saves his life. She meets an Elf named Flo, Rootu's friend, but stays wary of Elves as most are not trustworthy. She learns of a war that is in the near future. She also finds that she has magic bit does not know how special she is. She encounters Thomas, human. He is a fighter and let's just say he grows to care for her and her him. This story is very creative. I had to stop it for a while because life happens and had trouble sticking with it toward the middle. It has a lot of action and twists I didn't see coming.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dara Brown on Nov. 01, 2013 : (no rating)
First of all, let me state that I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book confused me at first, but once I got into it, and figured out the characters, it drew me into its world.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Pulse merges the mythical world with the real world, combining the two in such a way that it makes you believe that it can truly occur in our world. The characters are lively, and their stories intertwine together to blend in a way that keeps you turning pages. This book is well worth the read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Joyce Wetherbee on Oct. 21, 2013 :
This story is set in a post-apocalyptic world sometime after a pulse has taken down the barrier between the "first world" (ours) and the "second world." Although the residents of the second world have always been able to see our world through the barrier, humans have never even been aware of another world existing alongside theirs.

The protagonist in this story is a young orphan girl named Esa. Living on the streets and fending for herself, Esa doesn't trust anyone. A hard life of living on the streets and doing what ever it takes to survive has taught her nothing is free, and trusting someone else can be fatal. Night is coming and Esa needs to find someplace to spend it. Having found shelter from the night and pouring rain, Esa finds she is sharing her shelter with Rootu, a spinner from second world. He rapidly becomes one if the few people she learns to trust.

A war is brewing in second world and beginning to spill over into ours. Elves, humans, mages, goblins, and a host of fantastical creatures will be taking sides fighting an evil that wants ultimate power over both worlds. Someone is looking for Esa and she needs to stay alive long enough to find out why. Along the way she meets people willing to befriend and protect her. A life alone hasn't prepared her for the role she must play in the upcoming war. Visions sometimes let her know how a friend is doing and other time offer dire warnings she has to solve.

I had a bit of a time getting into this book. It wasn't until around chapter 3 I realized I really liked this book. The characters are well developed Their personalities came through very clearly. I loved Rootu and his pets, the way he'd scamper off when he saw something interesting. He's probably my favorite support character. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, the characters did or said something else.

Although this story wrapped up well, there were comment made by characters that lead me to think the author had left herself open for at least one sequel. I haven't looked yet to see if there is a sequel, but I certainly hope so. I would love to revisit this worldscape and these characters again. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review. I've only giving three stars because it took a little perseverance for me initially to get into the story. Once there, I was hooked.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Katherine Eccleston on Oct. 21, 2013 :
Pulse by HJ Daly is a YA post-apocalyptic story with an interesting fantasy element as well. The story takes place after the pulse which removed the barrier between other realms and allowed humans to interact with magical creatures. The main character is Esa, a girl who has learned to survive on her own and doesn't trust others. Esa has had a hard life and she has a lot of walls put up. But throughout the book, Esa learns to trust other sand to make friends.
I have to admit that I had a hard time getting into this book at first. But about half way through I really became immersed in the characters and the world that HJ Daly created. I liked how fantasy elements were blended so easily with the post-apocalyptic world.
Rootu was my favorite character. He was such a fun character and he played a key role in helping Esa to let people in and care about others. And I loved his pets.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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