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8 Literary Characters We Wish Were Telepathically Connected

Sense8 is one of the coolest new shows this year, and it had us thinking: What if eight kickass literary protagonists were connected, forming a crime-fighting team? It would be sensational.
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    Sasha Grady

    A young runaway with a troubled past seeking solace in the music industry, Sasha Grady reminds us of Riley. A Visit From The Goon Squad is a collection of intertwined stories bound by their connection with Sasha. Her curious and ethereal spirit leaves everyone she meets in a sense of wonder, much like her Sense8 counterpart.

    A Visit from the Goon Squad Book Cover Picture
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    Lisbeth Salander

    Lisbeth Salander is known for her genius hacking skills. When we first meet Nomi from Sense8 we are blown away by the same expert ability. Audacious and ruthlessly talented, Lisbeth and Nomi must spy on their enemies in order to save their own lives.

    The Girl in the Spider's Web (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture
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    Mark Watney

    Our lovable scientist, Mark Watney of The Martian, can “science the shit” out of anything. His remarkable intelligence as a chemical engineer and botanist keeps himself alive while stranded on Mars, reminiscent of Kala from Sense8. Whether building medicine, bombs, or potato crops, these two science geeks are the bonds that hold these stories together.

    The Martian Book Cover Picture
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    Thorn Bathu

    Thorn lives to fight. She is desperate to avenge her dead father, so she trains to kill. Sound like another strong female character you know? Sun Bak, the powerful and graceful martial arts fighter from Sense8. Her story is eerily similar to Thorn’s, and they even sound like a crime fighting duo.

    Half the World Book Cover Picture
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    Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy

    Mick is a confident detective that prides himself on solving murders, but when a new case arises, he becomes troubled by a childhood memory. Our Sense8 policeman, Will, is a clever detective and talented gunman and yet, he too is haunted by an unsolved murder from when he was a boy.

    Broken Harbor Book Cover Picture
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    Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher’s rule is: “If you want me to stop, you’re going to have to make me.” The new novel is a race from start to finish and the perfect companion story to Sense8‘s Kenyan driver, Capheus. A Nairobi bus driver and passionate fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Capheus is extremely skillful in dire driving situations, much like Tom Cruise’s car chase scene in the Jack Reacher film.

    Make Me (with bonus short story Small Wars) Book Cover Picture
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    Locke Lamora

    An orphan turned gifted con artist, Locke Lamora’s life mirrors Sense8‘s safe-cracker, Wolfgang. Vengeful and focused, these two dealt the cards they were given in life to become experts in their craft, and now they must choose utilize to their criminal abilities for good.

    The Lies of Locke Lamora Book Cover Picture
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    Rachel Watson

    We’re first introduced to Rachel Watson as a 32 year old alcoholic. As we get to know her, we become aware that she is a good liar and a self-conscious, unreliable narrator. She cares what everyone thinks of her, including her ex-boyfriend. Lito from Sense8 is an attractive and famous movie star who is hiding a secret boyfriend. His ability to act and lie strangely becomes a key skill within the group, using confident discourse to transform into an entirely different personality.

    The Girl on the Train (Movie Tie-In) Book Cover Picture

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