Tuesday, April 22, 2014



by Michael Grant


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?

My thoughts:

This novel is an exciting and an enjoyably written adventure story. Michael Grant has done an excellent job in making a winning Sci-fi novel. It has superb characters who are partly scientific, partly romantic, and
sometimes violent. Some gore and violence made the book even more interesting to read. Occasionally the author made moments confusing for me, but they were still engaging and encouraging. Actual details of the
nano world made me itch sometimes.

It was a great experience reading this novel because lots of science and “know-how” was involved. This is the first of three novels about the BZRK. If the sequels are as excellently written as the BZRK I will definitely continue reading these awesome novels. Overall, this was a fantastic novel, very interesting and addictive to read. I would really encourage you to read this novel.

reviewed by O.T., Grade 10 Scona student

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