The future, like the present, can be both wonderful and terrifying. Or does a truly fresh start sound pretty good? Feeling strongly about two or more completely contradictory things is deeply human annoying, but human. The reviews are glowing, so you might be better off starting with the first book, Brilliance. A Better World will leave you waiting for the as-yet unpublished conclusion to the trilogy. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess — Infuriating novelists everywhere, Burgess claims he wrote this book in only three weeks.