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BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant (BZRK #2) – Review

September 23, 2013 Review 0 ★★★

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 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.

 

BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant (BZRK #2) – ReviewRelease Date: October 8, 2013
Title: BZRK Reloaded
Series: BZRK #2
Author: Michael Grant
Pages: 432
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Source: Edelweiss
Available: Barnes and Noble | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's

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?
3 Stars

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.

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Review: BZRK by Michael Grant (BZRK #1)

December 17, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★

Review: BZRK by Michael Grant (BZRK #1)Release Date: February 28, 2012
Title: BZRK
Series: BZRK #1
Author: Michael Grant
Pages: 407
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Source: Edelweiss
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.

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?
4 Stars

As a huge fan of the Gone series, I was certain I’d love anything that came from the depths of Michael Grant’s imagination – and I was not disappointed.

There was a bit of a learning curve at the beginning of the novel, and I just had to hope that things would be explained later on but they were, of course. Things like the differences between nanobots and biots. Or which side was the good guys – I wasn’t sure about that for a good while there. Of course, I think that’s the sign of a good novel (though, if you’ve read the summary up there you know which side is which – I hadn’t read that previously. I’d only read the book flap, which is quite different).

The character development wasn’t as strong as I’d have liked it to be – which is why it doesn’t get the full five stars. I’m hoping that we get to dig a little deeper in the next one. This one was more about the nano technology than it was about the characters, which detracts a little from what they’re fighting for in the first place – humanity.

The other hang up I had in reading it was whether or not I agree with the idea that morality can be suspended if the end result is a win for the good guys. Both the good guys and the bad guys (who somehow believe they are the good guys) made several questionable choices that indicate that the end may justify the means. It makes you question what you know and believe and what you would do to fight for what you believe in. Would I make the same choices Vincent did with Anya? Would I be willing to use biot technology to rewire someone else’s brain – to take away his free will – even if I knew in my heart he was the bad guy? I don’t know. I honestly don’t.

It’s a fascinating question that Grant asks the reader. It’s been several weeks since I finished the book, and these are all things that I’m still thinking about. This book hasn’t left me yet. Grant has definitely left his mark with this one.

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