Bzrk by Michael GrantBzrk by Michael Grant

Bzrk

byMichael Grant

Paperback | April 1, 2013

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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. 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?
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 ye...
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Title:BzrkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.88 inPublished:April 1, 2013Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read One of the best sci fi reads out there YA or Adult .
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very cool This book was really interesting with tons of action and fast-paced scenes. It was really hard to get into and the nano-parts were all very confusing but other than that I liked it.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great premise! 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.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my! Read original review with pictures as aids: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/179746483 First off: Damn you Michael Grant! Just as I have a story in mind involving nanotechnology, you produce a masterpiece that surely makes mine look weak. I declare you the king of nanotech. Now on to my review and I have one question to ask you: What would you choose given the choice of free will or cohesiveness? Well, basically this is what this book is about. In one corner you have a set of deformed, conjoint twins, manoeuvring their empire of nanobots. They believe that the world should be joined together, as a whole and thinking as one. Oh geez. I wonder where they got that idea. Anyways, here is how I picture the twins (obviously less bug like and more human but you get the idea.) In the other corner, you have a group of kids in their teens and twenties running genetically-linked biots. They are similar to nanobots but when they die, they drag their "owners" into insanity. These people make up BZRK and Lear is the mysterious force that runs the whole thing. But don't let the title of this book fool you. They can well be the bad guys in this story. This novel seemed like a cross between old-school Nikita and good ol' James Bond . Hardcore ass-kicking in all the right ways! Woohoo. :) I've never understood how books can be deemed as thrilling until now. My heart pounded through every chapter and nearly leapt out in certain places. WHEN I SAY THIS BOOK IS A THRILLER, I MEAN IT! Moving on (Let me get a drink of water to calm down first). Michael Grant is back in his element, doing what he does best. Putting way-too realistic teenagers in crazy-ass circumstances that makes my fangirling heart pound like there is no tomorrow. I freaking love everything he writes. Sometimes I wonder how he is able to get teenagers just right. None of those gooey, I-am-trying-too-hard-to-appeal-to-teens YA characters. These characters are relatable. Not that I can identify myself in one of the characters; I see myself in bits and pieces of many different characters. That is what I love about MG. He is a genius when it comes to generating believable characters. I have taken a liking to almost every one of them, even when I shouldn't be rooting for them. Some of these characters I love to hate. Juggling beyond multiple characters, Michael Grant this time has also created a magical nano-size world. If you didn't pay attention is biology or history class, my condolences to you because you will miss a lot. Thankfully, the years I have stuck it out in both of these subjects made comfortable reading some of the more demanding parts. Make sure to bring your imagination with you while reading this book because if you don't, you will not enjoy the trip around the medulla oblongata and the hippocampus. And you might want to brush up on your history of the feud between Carthage and the Roman Empire. Scipio to be more precise, (hopefully there is also a Hannibal coming and I don't mean Silence-of-the-Lambs-Hannibal). One thing that might turn away some readers is the fact that this book is more mature than the GONE series. Be prepared for some swearing and some skin. But this is the 21st century and we are teens. Thank you Michael for not treating us like babies. We are aware of stuff like the f-word or how babies are made. People with issue about that: In conclusion, I cannot wait another torturous year before BZRK 2 comes out. Eh, excuse me Mr. Grant. When you have the basic manuscript for BZRK 2 ready, give me a call. P.S.: I totally love Ophelia. She is like an Indian version of Barbara Gordon A.K.A. Batgirl #1 A.K.A. The Oracle.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I love the Gone series and BZRK the first book in this new series is shaping up to be another winner. Highly reccommended.
Date published: 2012-03-24

Editorial Reviews

* Grant, who showed a flair for grandiose conceptual gambits in his Gone series, here goes big by going small. With science as soft as pudding (though, really, who cares—pudding is delicious), he envisions nanotechnology so advanced that brains can be rewired, memories manipulated, and senses hacked by robots and gene-spliced creatures the size of dust mites. A war between two ultra-secretive, competing ideologies—one championing free will, the other promising enforced happiness—is being fought “down in the meat,” and Grant gleefully exposes the biological ickiness of the body going about its everyday business in paranoia-inducing scenes of nanobots scuttling across spongy brain matter or plunging probes into optic nerves. At the same time, he doles out eviscerating loads of violence on the macro level as two teens are enlisted to help stop a maniacal baddie and his team of “twitchers,” who are planning to infiltrate the heads of the world’s most powerful nations. With simmering pots of sexual tension, near-nonstop action, and the threat of howling madness or brain-melting doom around every corpuscular corner, Grant’s new series is off to a breathless, bombastic start. - Booklist, Starred Review“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.” –Examiner.com  “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 NewsPraise for Gone, by Michael Grant:An ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adults"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