Series: Pulse #1
By, B.A. Bellec
Format Read: E-Book with Playback from Evie App
How I Obtained: As part of a book tour from Storytellers On Tour
Published December 1, 2021
Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi Horror
Intended Age Group: 16+
Pulse is a multi-POV dystopian sci-fi horror thriller set in 2040, centered around a corporation, a creature, and a music festival. Think Fyre Festival, Black Mirror, and X-Files combined. The story deals with themes of capitalism, consumerism, business, politics, pandemics, climate change, activism, and technology while bouncing between a diverse group of characters sure to entertain almost anyone. The book is already being praised for its fantastic use of horror, engaging world-building, and genre-bending approach utilizing some screenplay-like formatting. This is the first entry in a new series with the sequel well underway.
I read this as part of a book tour in an ebook format. This was a bit of a slow start at first but it quickly changes gears and sucks you in before you know what happened. I thought that this story was very foreboding about what kind of a future we could be heading towards with a Sci-Fi twist .
Pulse is definitely a book that is intended for an older audience, suggested 16+, as there are some very visceral scenes throughout the book that are incredibly gory, with more adult-oriented themes. The content warning being drug and alcohol use, body horror, violence (creature attacks & people murdered), car accident, gun use, torture, and miscarriage.
The World building is incredible, as I said before especially in light of some recent events, very foreboding about where we could be heading in the future. I also thoroughly enjoyed many of the characters that were introduced throughout the story. Some of the characters definitely a bit more memorable than others and a few of them turned out to be a little bit more essential to the plot than I had originally thought.
I could easily see this being turned into some sort of movie or better yet a television series. Even still, this is definitely a book that anyone who is into sci-fi or a my opinion books that are a bit more on the horror side with a bit of mystery and suspense also thrown into the mix.
As the story came towards its conclusion and its climax I definitely found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what direction the author could possibly take with all of these converging stories. I am completely hooked and I want to see more of this story so I hope that there’s many more books in the future.
In my opinion, I think anyone can really get into this book if they were to really sit down and read it, I definitely and highly recommend this. That said, pick up a coffee and a copy of the book.
I give this book 5 Eye Gouges of 5.
About the Author:
Bryan “B.A.” Bellec’s debut novel, Someone’s Story, won the Reader Views Young Adult Book of the Year as well as various other honors. Someone’s Story is a young adult coming-of-age book and has seen good support over Instagram, YouTube, and Goodreads. One of the aspects that makes Bellec’s projects unique is he includes musicians in his novels and then he actually produces the songs as his book goes through the editing stages.
Bellec was born in Richmond, BC and raised in Langley, BC, before settling in Winnipeg, MB. His first adventure was a career in Finance, where he spent 15 years developing his business skills. His highest achievement was the Certified Payroll Manager designation. He currently still consults with businesses on their systems and processes. Over that period of time, he also attended Lights Film School where he started to nurture his early creative abilities.
A self-starter always interested in research, he taught himself many of the aspects of storytelling through reading books, screenplays, and material online. Whenever he found an inspirational piece of art, he quickly went to the source to find the story behind the artist who created the work. It took many years after attending film school for him to finally combine his creative skills with his life experience and tell these stories he had been holding back. Some of his favorite creative people: Lukas Rossi, Justin Furstenfeld, Peter Jackson, Stephen Chbosky, J.K. Rowling.
During COVID-19, Bellec started a YouTube channel and was awarded a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts. He also pounded away on the keyboard to bring his second novel, Pulse, from his imagination to the page. He can’t wait to release that book along with the new songs that will go with it!
Contact B.A. Bellec at:
Until Next Time,