In a dystopian near-future, neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards. Just slip on a headset, and it's the Internet at the speed of thought. For teen hacker Sam Wilson, a headset is a must. But as he ...more
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Sam spends a little too much time on computers, and draws the attention of the Homeland Se ...more
Sam is about to find out. Sam is just the averrage computer trying to get some free stuff. But when he pulls off the biggest hack in the country and shuts down half of the country, the government tak ...more
I puzzled a bit about the ending. Sam essentiall ...more
I recently finished Brian Falkner's Brain Jack.
it is about a high school senior named Sam who just happens to be one of the world's best hackers. I think this book is a little world-building,but not really, because it makes use of events that never actually happened. This book is pretty fast paced as Falkner goes into detail about the various ways to hack all these networks that never really existed. So Sam hacks into a network and then... ge
Apparently it isn't just Americans who're susceptible to tokenism. The three female characters get minimal screen time and serve to illustrate how much more competent the male characters are, and don't get me started on how very white the rest of the cast is.
Also - can anybody tell me what ...more
There was a lot ...more
I picked up this book as a quick, not-really-that-interested read. I didn't think I would like it very much.
For the first part of the book, I was right. It was a little hard to get into, and I couldn't really relate to some of the characters.
But by the time I was halfway through, I started to really enjoy the book. It was confusing, yes, but that's probably only because computers aren't really my thing. It's well written and chock full of suspense, along with great descriptions of how ...more
Why do I keep reading that this book is for boys between the ages of 12-15? I'm a girl and I'm almost seventeen, and I loved every second of it! Maybe I have an uncommon taste in books for my age, but my point is, this book is very versatile and can interest many people from different age groups!
Brain Jack is a science fiction book written by Brian Falkner, one of my favorite authors. This book talks about computers, hacks, and everything high-tech. In the book as an introduction, the author ta ...more
Sam's best friend should have either not been involved or should have b ...more
Is that a killer way to start a story or what? Set in the near future, where Las Vegas is a smoking nuclear wasteland thanks to terrorists, and online gaming has become so addictive that people actually die from it, technology is everything. 17-year-old Sam starts out just trying to get some extremely expensive laptops and neuro-headsets from a massive US corporation that can't possible miss the money. ...more
I love mysteries and I really wanted to know who was the cyber terrorists etc. Once I found out though I kind of struggled through the rest of the book. It was about three-quarters of the way through but I just found the ending to be quite slow going.
Brainjack was set in the future but we're not given a year ...more
I would have like to have seen more character development along with the intense thriller aspects. Story moved quickly but I didn't feel particularly linked with anyone, not even the main character. It started out with a lot more internal thought, but as the story progressed, thos ...more
At end, a tense exciting thriller with 3 minor issues... 1. Topical references as mentioned earlier. 2. Bouts of incomprehensible jargon. 3. A weightless and anticlimactic ending... Good though from beginning to end.
“Last month, the standards editor at The New York Times wrote a memo that shocked -- shocked! -- bloggers everywhere. He asked Times writers to avoid using the word ‘tweet’ (as in, ‘to say something on Twitter’).
“’We don't want to seem Paleolithic,’ he wrote. ‘But we favor established usage and ordinary words over the latest jargon or buzzwords.’
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Brainjack is a techno-thriller: fast-paced, and with an original hero in Sam Wilson, seventeen and in his own mind, invincible. His deeds are unique for a protagonist (except for Lisbeth Salander) and he races from one success to presumably another when unopposed, he hacks into Telecomerica, a large American company and crashes the USA’s internet for 3 days. All in a day’s work before school has even begun.
He attends a hacker conventi ...more
Brain Jack is about 17/18 year old Sam Wilson who starts out as an expert-level hacker for his own benefit or amusement, but ends up working for the “Cyber Defense Division” of the U.S. Government, monitoring all important computer-hacking behavior from all over the United States. This novel takes place in the not-so-distant future, where the technology isn’t so advanced that it isn’t unrelatable. One of these piece of technology is the “Neuro-Transmitter”, a devic ...more