BZRK by Michael Grant Review

Michael Grant

Publication Date:
February 28, 2012


Hardcover, 400 pages

CAD $19.99


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A copy was provided by Random House of Canada for review! Thank you!


Set in the near future, a conspiracy is afoot to create a perfect and perfectly controlled world. The Armstrong Fancy Gift Corporation is a front for the conjoined Armstrong twins, Charles and Benjamin, and the plot to create their own version of utopia.

A shadowy guerilla group known as BZRK form a nascent resistance movement. Both sides develop sophisticated nanotechnology to achieve their goals:

-The Armstrong twins develop the nanobot, a stealth device that latches onto the brains of unsuspecting citizens

-BZRK”s DNA-derived biots are deployed to search out and destroy the insidious bots. If biots are destroyed, the brain cells of their DNA-donor also die. Hence the name BZRK.

About The Author

Michael Grant is author the best-selling series GONE and the cocreator and cowriter of the bestselling middle-grade science fiction series Animorphs and Everworld. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.


A copy was provided by Random House of Canada for review! Thank you!

Noah and Sadie are two teenagers living in a world where nano bots and biots live inside people. Yes you read that right. The nano bots are machine like robots that are so tiny they can live inside a human body. The biots on the other hand were created for medical reasons. To help people. They are also a mix of several different species that include jellyfish, arachnids and ants. Talk about creepy!!! There is a war raging and it’s down to the meat level. (the meat level being down to the little nanobots and biots level). As well as to the macro level, where humans fight each other. The teens are recruited by the underground team of BZRK who fight The Armstrong Fancy Gift Corporation also known as AFGC. In doing so, they are liable assets which help them take the deformed Armstrong twins down in their rise to a Utopian society.

If I can define this book in one word? I can only pick ODD..It’s only odd in the way that I could not fathom how a world where little creepy hybrids of several different species living inside me. *shudders* I enjoyed reading this for the highly descriptive action scenes and scattered witty dialogue. What I didn’t enjoy was the too many characters to understand and remember. I had to flip several pages back to remember who did what, and who were on the BZRK team. Although the cheat sheet in the back immensely helped for that.

Michael Grant’s story telling is superb, and I felt like I was watching a science fiction movie with a cast of teenagers and young adults trying to take down the bad guy. Read this if you’re interested in a different take of a dystopian novel with a whole heck of a lot of science thrown in.

Rating 4/5


“We fight for the right to be what we choose, to feel what we choose. Even if what we choose seems crazy to others.”—Nijinsky (133)