BZRK (book, Michael Grant, 2011)


From SFX #219.

THREE AND A HALF STARS

Author: Michael Grant

Publisher: Electric Monkey

The kids are okay

A war is being waged at the molecular scale, its battlefields the human body. Nanobots fight biots on the surface of the human brain as the young warriors of the BZRK foundation defy the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation’s dream of a world unified by the destruction of free will.

BZRK is the kind of book that has “film deal” written all over it. There’s great nanoscale imagery, even if the technology never feel terribly believable, and Grant’s lyrical style and characterisation keep things engaging – he handles romance, fear and loss particularly convincingly. There’s a bit too much set up, and not enough finale (it’s book one of a series), otherwise BZRK is a good read for mid-teens of both sexes.

Did you know?

BZRK is the first book out from Electric Monkey, Egmont’s new YA Imprint, which gathers together all their books for older children under on banner.

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