Author: Michael Grant
Release Date: Available
BZRK, by Michael Grant, lives up to its title perfectly. Almost the entire novel is edge-of-your-seat action-packed mayhem. It is also an excellently crafted story with real, believable characters. The plot of the book is complicated, but the basic premise involves nanotechnology. It details a conflict between a multi-billion dollar corporation (headed by a pair of extremely creepy, extremely crazy Siamese twin brothers) set on “uniting” humanity into a single hive mind, and the rag-tag teen resistance group known as “BZRK.” The conflict takes place on two different levels; the usual bloody gun battles, but also on the microscopic level, where the fight is even more vital. The book ends in a very exciting way, seemingly setting us up for a rip-roaring sequel.
I enjoyed every moment of this book and would, in fact, consider it as one of my favorite books of all time. I liked the gritty realism, the swearing, and the fact that the author made little to no attempt to tone any of it down. Many books starring teenagers leave out swearing and cursing, despite the fact that every teenager I know swears like a sailor when there aren’t any adults around. Perhaps as parents, many authors don’t know the true extent of their child’s vocabulary, or try to imagine that they don’t. The plot of this book was otherwise very engaging, and as soon as I picked this book up, I couldn’t stop reading to the very end. I thought the violence in this story was well fit into the plot, and helped move the story along and make it more exciting. Overall, I loved this book, and would seriously put it as one of my top ten books of all time.
Review by Adam
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