BZRK Reloaded picked up right where BZRK left off, but the problem with this book is that it didn’t do a whole lot to advance the story.
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Title: BZRK Reloaded
Series: BZRK #2
Author: Michael Grant
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From the Publisher: From best-selling author Michael Grant, comes the highly anticipated, terrifying, and mind-bending second book in the BZRK trilogy.
The entire BZRK cell--including Noah and Sadie--has been left in pieces after the last round of battle with the Armstrong Twins, conjoined brother who plot to rob mankind of its free will. Vincent's mind is shattered, and his memories hold dangerous secrets--secrets that Lear, BZRK's mysterious leader, will stop at nothing to protect.
Meanwhile, Bug Man has taken control of the President's brain, but playing with sanity is a dangerous game. The consequences can spiral way out of control, and the Armstrong Twins are not people Bug Man can afford to disappoint.
The nano is as terrifying, exhilarating, and unpredictable as ever. But the wall of secrets that surrounds it is cracking. What will it reveal? And once the dust has settled, who will be sane enough to find out?
BZRK Reloaded picked up pretty much right where BZRK left off.
The problem with this book is that it didn’t do a whole lot to advance the story.
The BZRK cell is no better or worse off at the end of the book than they were at the beginning. The Armstrong Twins are no closer to being taken down. The entire Doll Ship plot tangent in this book that centered on the twins in this book was just that – a tangent. While it seemed like a means to take them down, all it did was give the reader some insight into their twisted psyches – insight the reader doesn’t want.
Grant did continue to explore the same themes and questions of ethics in this book, though it wasn’t nearly as subtle.
“Plath… Sadie… I don’t know… I just know we are… maybe not right, but more right than them. We have to be. That’s all I’ve got. We’re more right than them.”
It’s a fascinating statement to say okay, maybe we’re not right, but we’re more right than they are. And to stand by those convictions. I think people make judgement calls like that every day. I still love that Grant is writing a series examining these kinds of issues. I just wanted more from this book than I was given.
There was nothing exciting in this book. There was nothing to get me fired up over. It was, simply put, a sophomore book in a trilogy. It as the bridge used to get you from the beginning to the end. I have no doubt that the final book will be spectacular.
And it makes me really sad that this one hit that “sophomore slump” category because Michael Grant is so much better than that.