I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: BZRK #1
Published by Egmont USA on February 28th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
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?
A copy was provided by Random House of Canada for review! Thank you!
Noah and Sadie are two teenagers living in a world where nano bots and biots live inside people. Yes you read that right. The nano bots are machine like robots that are so tiny they can live inside a human body. The biots on the other hand were created for medical reasons. To help people. They are also a mix of several different species that include jellyfish, arachnids and ants. Talk about creepy!!! There is a war raging and it’s down to the meat level. (the meat level being down to the little nanobots and biots level). As well as to the macro level, where humans fight each other. The teens are recruited by the underground team of BZRK who fight The Armstrong Fancy Gift Corporation also known as AFGC. In doing so, they are liable assets which help them take the deformed Armstrong twins down in their rise to a Utopian society.
If I can define this book in one word? I can only pick ODD..It’s only odd in the way that I could not fathom how a world where little creepy hybrids of several different species living inside me. shudders I enjoyed reading this for the highly descriptive action scenes and scattered witty dialogue. What I didn’t enjoy was the too many characters to understand and remember. I had to flip several pages back to remember who did what, and who were on the BZRK team. Although the cheat sheet in the back immensely helped for that.
Michael Grant’s story telling is superb, and I felt like I was watching a science fiction movie with a cast of teenagers and young adults trying to take down the bad guy. Read this if you’re interested in a different take of a dystopian novel with a whole heck of a lot of science thrown in.