I brought this book with me in February to Indonesia, but my friend who’d forgotten to bring any reading material seized it and made use of it himself. I started reading it after having gotten back. I wasn’t really sure I’d enjoy it though. Summary and review after the jump
The most breathtaking and exhilarating ride you can't imagine. It's The Matrix meets Inner Space in a futuristic battle for survival. The first in an incredible new action thriller series from Michael Grant, author of GONE. These are no ordinary soldiers. This is no ordinary war. Welcome to the nano, where the only battle is for sanity. Losing is not an option when a world of madness is at stake. Time is running out for the good guys. But what happens when you don't know who the good guys really are? It's BZRK. Noah and Sadie: newly initiated to an underground cell so covert that they don't even know each other's names. Here they will learn what it means to fight on a nano level. Soon they will become the deadliest warriors the world has ever seen. Vincent: feels nothing, cares for no one; fighting his own personal battle with Bug Man, the greatest nano warrior alive. The Armstrong Twins: wealthy, privileged, fanatical. Are they the saviours of mankind or authors of the darkest conspiracy the world has ever seen? The nano is uncharted territory. A terrifying world of discovery.
It took me a while to get into the story. It’s a jumble of different characters and different POVs. The jargon used takes a lot of getting used to in my opinion, to the point where it may get frustrating. While the story is interesting, it drags on at some points while skimping over others that could have used more detail. While there is a great variety of characters, there is not much actual growth, except within the two actual main characters- and even then, the growth is not very apparent- but this is a YA novel, so growth is not the most important thing. The bad guys are extremely unlikable, especially Bug man, and the action as well as heaps of violence (just like in the Gone series-perhaps a little too much of it), once you get used to the details and jargon, is abundant very interesting. It is not Michael Grant’s best work, that still goes to the Gone series, but perhaps the second book part of the series is better; I have yet to read it and find out.
You can buy BZRK and other Michael Grant works here.