Book rating: 04 Hardback Bzrk (Hardcover)

By (author) Michael Grant

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  • Publisher: Egmontusa
  • Format: Hardback | 386 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 211mm x 36mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1606843125
  • ISBN 13: 9781606843123
  • Sales rank: 138,075

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Love "The Hunger Games"? Action-adventure thrillers with a dystopian twist? "BZRK" (Berserk) by Michael Grant, "New York Times" best-selling author of the GONE series, ramps up the action and suspense to a whole new level of excitement. 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? Praise for "BZRK" "YA fiction at it's best. ... It's a combination science fiction/adventure/thriller all written brilliantly to entice the reader into a terrifying world." "Squeamish as I am, Grant has me hooked with the compelling characters that populate the Go "BZRK" storyworld." -Michael Anderson, "WIRED" magazine "Grant utilizes contemporary themes and memorable characters, along with the possibilities of emerging technology to craft aningenious world not too far removed from our own. ... The intelligent presentation will likely appeal to a broad audience." -PopCultureGuy "If you are anything like me then "BZRK" will blow your mind. ... "BZRK" is very different from pretty much any YA book out there at the moment, and the closest I can come to expressing how it is continuing to play on my mind almost two weeks later, is to liken it to William Gibson's "Neuromancer" which had a similar effect on me many years ago. "BZRK" is a gamechanger for YA literature." -The Book Zone "This novel is full of the intricacies of the human body and non-stop action on all fronts. ... An intricately written science fiction thriller, "BZRK" offers an in-depthlook into a war raging deep within the human body." -"Deseret News"

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Author information

Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family in the USA, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His dream is to spend a whole year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife, Katherine Applegate, their two children, and far too many pets. You can visit him online at

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By Giselle SM 17 Sep 2014 4

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.

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An ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adults "The very definition of a page-turner"" - Booklist " "This intense, marvelously plotted, paced, and characterized story will immediately garner comparisons to Lord of the Flies...A potent mix of action and thoughtfulness-centered around good and evil, courage and cowardice-renders this a tour-de-force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless." -" Booklist" "If Stephen King had written LORD OF THE FLIES, it might have been a little like this...Excited to see where [Grant] will take [the reader] with this new series." - "Voya"