Sunday 25 March 2012

85. BZRK by Michael Grant

BZRK by Michael Grant
Published March 2012 Egmont

From the publisher:

A global war is raging.  You can't see it.  But it's happening all around you.  Inside you.  Down in the meat.  Welcome to the nano - the microscopic matrix where invisible armies will determine the future of mankind.  Here, the ultimate battle is for sanity.  Losing is not an option when a world of madness is at stake.

This is one of those books that crosses between teenage and adult fiction.  I have actually seen it for sale with the adult New Releases.  Michael Grant's 'Gone' series has been hugely popular with young teenagers, this book is aimed at older teenagers, not in the least because of the frequent use of the 'f' word and drug use.

This book is all about the world of nano technology.  A technology that is so advanced that these tiny machines can be introduced into a human brain and actually rewire it, so that the subject can be manipulated to do whatever the 'twitchers' wish.  The twitchers are the ones who control the bots from the macro, from all ages and from all walks of life these twitchers are essential players in this war.

We have two sides in this nano war, the bad guys 'Armstrong Fancy Gift Company', an innocent cover for a diabolical empire at the head of which are the conjoined Armstrong twins.  And the good guys, BZRK headed up by the never seen, Lear.  The bad guys are trying to infiltrate the brains of the major world leaders, including the POTUS (president of the United States) once these people are taken over the Armstrong twins will basically be in control of the world. BZRK are working to try and stop them.  The battle between good and evil takes place in the nano (down in the meat) and in the macro (up in the real world)  and we follow the twitchers in both worlds.

For those readers who love the microscopic images of what our skin looks like 'up close' and what kind of creatures live on the surface of our skin, you will love the descriptions in this book.  We get to see the human body as if it were another planet, complete with aliens.   We get to fight through geysers in the ear (ear wax), skate across the surface of the eyeball, come face to face with the dermodex that live in our eyelashes, we even get up close and personal with a flea.

Who will like this book: Boys age 16+
Read it if you like: Michael Grant

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