Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal: to turn the world into their vision of utopia. No wars, no conflict, no hunger. And no free will. Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human. This is no ordinary war, though. Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain. And there are no stalemates here: It’s victory . . . or madness.
BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice. Which side would you choose? How far would you go to win?
I’m sorry, but I picked this book up because Michael Grant wrote it and I wanted to see what else he could come up with, besides Gone. I try to keep an open mind when i pick up a book, especially if it’s from an author whose writing I really admire. But this book I simply picked up because Michael Grant wrote it.
I didn’t exactly know what to think with this book. The synopsis was interesting, but it didn’t make sense to me. (Note: The synopsis on the hardcover version of the book is different from the one on Goodreads.) Part of why this book was nonsensical to me was because of the frantic atmosphere it gives off starting from the beginning to the very end. In a way, I think part of that feeling was intentional, but it just made me feel kind of uncomfortable as I tried to figure out what was happening.
This book kind of grosses you out, in that way where Michael Grant just kind of makes it his responsibility to remind the world of the germs and stuff living on our bodies. To be honest, this bothered me a lot more than it did in the Gone series. I don’t know if maybe I’m just turning a blind eye to it because I actually liked Gone a lot when I first read it or what, but it just doesn’t stick out to me as much. Personally, I feel like I just really don’t want to read about this stuff when I already know it and it already grosses me out. On the other hand, that makes this stuff realistic but… ugh. It’s just not my thing.
This is a plot book. It’s centered around the plot and not the characters. I typically like books more character-based, but this was an okay story. That said, I just felt like in exchange for writing a plot-driven book and not a character-driven book, I felt that Michael Grant sacrificed good characters. They were far less well-written than in Gone, but then again the characters in Gone got better as the series went on.
This is a science fiction, science-based book for science geeks. For some people, (like me–no way, I’m a psychology-chemistry science geek), who are not as into nanotechnology and all that stuff, this book might prove confusing at parts and frustrating at times because of our inability to process this science in the way Michael Grant describes it. For those of you who are into nano-tech and sci-fi, or who are just as clueless as the rest of us but are up for a challenge, you will probably enjoy this book most. 2 stars for this book. For those of you like me, you might want to try Gone.
pg count for the paperback: 416
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