“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?”
BZRK by Michael Grant provided a solid science fiction novel with some badass characters and a brutal world that could eventually become a reality.
Noah and Sadie were solid characters who are thrust into the war between BZRK and the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation. Their reactions were fairly realistic as the brutal world of BZRK becomes their lives. I just wished they could have been developed a bit better. Other than squirming and reacting to their umm….unique training, they don’t really get too much development. Obviously, they become better operatives and get used to their jobs, but they never develop any more characteristics. The main problem between the two of them is their interaction with one another. On their own, their dialogue is fine, but when they speak to one another it’s as if another author took over. It’s stilted, clunky, forced, and a bit cringey. Their romance takes a nice slow start, but is suddenly thrust into the limelight. Although, I could see why Grant took this route besides the dialogue. They are confused and really have no one else besides each other. Attraction is bound to happen at some point. The other characters were pretty badass. I found myself more intrigued between Vincent and the Bug Man and their rivalry against one another. Their Nano fights with one another were exciting and a test of their intelligence. The other BZRK members such as Nijinsky and Wilson were badass in their own rights and get their time to shine. The villains of this novel, the Armstrong Twins, were interesting in terms of appearances, but they never quite match that twisted and disturbing vibes that their appearances gave off of.
The world of BZRK was fantastic and the best part of this novel. The Nano warfare presented in the book could eventually become a reality. And when they fight, it gets brutal. Blood, guts, and body parts go flying throughout this novel and if you do not like that, stay away from this book. The brutal world presented a breath of fresh air from me as I have been reading too many happy-go-lucky books (except for Goodbye Days, which I will review soon.) and have been looking for a bit more mature book. The plot of the book was fairly interesting and executed well except for the lackluster climax. It just never felt interesting and ended quite abruptly. The ending did leave me intrigued for the second book.
Overall, BZRK was a solid, sci-fi novel that thrives due to its brutal world and badass characters only hampered by little character development from Noah and Sadie and terrible dialogue between Noah and Sadie as well.
Rating: Check it out