AUTHOR: Michael Grant
LENGTH: 400 pages
SUMMARY: (via amazon.com) 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?
BRIDGE: There are several connections one could make with this book in cross-curricular areas of instruction. With the discussion of the UN and world leaders, students could do a parallel study of current UN members and the political climate. In addition, students could research the plausibility of the nanotechnology discussed in the book. Students could also make maps of the human head and brain and track the entrance and exit points for the biots and nanobots. One could also use this book in literature circles with other science fiction or dystopic novels like Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card or Feed by M.T. Anderson.
READERS: This book is perfect for readers who are action fans. The book speeds through complex scenes of battle on the physical level and the cellular level. It requires readers to be almost as adept as the twitchers at balancing the action on both levels. Fans of science fiction will also enjoy the book as well as readers who appreciate complex plots and double-agents in games of espionage.
OTHER TITLES: Readers who enjoy this book might also enjoy The Alex Rider books by Anthony Horowitz, Enclave by Anne Aguirre, or The Barcode Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn.