Celeste Sharp 23 February 2012 - 10:28am
Michael Grant has dominated YA science fiction for the last two decades with his widely popular novels including The Animorphs, Everworld and Gone series.
Now he is back with BZRK, a book and interactive story spanning different mediums including an interactive website, blog, app and comic. Grant describes BZRK as a battle for the soul and freedom of the human race carried out simultaneously in the world we know, and in a world that you’re not going to expect.
Two groups are fighting a hidden war. The Armstrong Twins are fighting with advanced tech to change the world (in their minds to save the world) but BZRK think differently. BZRK are counter attacking. Their soldiers use bio and will risk their lives and their sanity to stop the Twin’s and keep the world safe from their twisted control. This is a war of tech VS bio in the world we know but also in the nano: the battle field is the human brain and the prize is human control.
BZRK starts with a shocking murder and won’t give you a moment to catch your breath. It’s fast paced, explosive and violent. Things are happening quickly in the real world as the Armstrong Twins are initiating their plan for world domination. BZRK need new recruits - fast. Noah and Sadie are newly initiated and barely trained. Can they handle it, down in the meat or are they part of a suicide mission, doomed to fail?
True to form, Grant’s novel is exciting, hard hitting and slightly gruesome. Some 12 to 15-year-olds may find the gore too much, but most will love it. The interactive transmedia is great, works well alongside the novel and draws you deeper into the action.