It seems rather arrogant to write a book and title it Brilliance, but the book is rather brilliant. Beginning in 1980, 1% of the children in the world are born "brilliant" - gifted beyond normal with incredibly unusual skills. Threatened by their ability, the US government has begun testing children for giftedness, and segregating them in special schools. A government agency has been set up to eliminate the threat from brilliant rebels. Cooper is a brilliant, and a member of the DAR, fighting for justice - or so he thinks. As he hunts down a brilliant rebel murderer, he learns the truth about what is really going on. Lots of action, brilliant gifts and a dystopianish future. I look forward to reading the next book.