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Brain Jack

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,974 Ratings  ·  382 Reviews
Las Vegas is gone—destroyed in a terrorist attack. Black Hawk helicopters patrol the skies over New York City. And immersive online gaming is the most dangerous street drug around. In this dystopic near-future, technology has leapt forward once again, and neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards. Just slip on a headset, and it’s the Internet at the speed of thought. ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published 2009 by Walker Books
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Ms. Yingling
Jan 15, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ha, ha! I checked this book out of the public library, so the warnings at the front of the book about how hackers can find out everything about me in ten minutes from my purchase of the book and get into my computer are groundless. Well, until now, since I've posted this. And since I spent Christmas morning removing a "Security Sheild" virus from my computer, I'm willing to take this chilling tale to heart!

Sam spends a little too much time on computers, and draws the attention of the Homeland Se
Nathan R
May 19, 2011 Nathan R rated it it was amazing
The future of computers has arrived! The neuro headset allows you to operate computers as fast as you can think! But what happens when you link millions of minds to the most powerful network in the world? Could the human subconcious control itself? Could it create without realizing? Could it destroy?

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
Sep 18, 2015 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-ya, thriller, 2015
Sam Wilson's a hacker, and in an attempt to hack into the premier convention of hackers, he hacks into the White House and lands himself a job. Top secret, although he likes his new hacker buddies. He's got a sweet pad, more money than he knows what to do with, and all he has to do is keep hackers out of the government systems. The easy life comes to an end when the government is hacked, and it seems to be an inside job. Now he doesn't know who to trust... or if he can stop them.

There was a lot
May 31, 2016 Lolo rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*

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
Jackson Lamie
Dec 08, 2014 Jackson Lamie rated it really liked it
When I started to read this book, I thought it would involve mental web surfing, running from the law, and a single boy with amazing technology. I was wrong on the first and third predictions. What I found was much better than I thought. The point of the story was clear, and the chapters flowed into each other smoothly. I loved how the author was able to throw in characters and to make them fit perfectly into the situation. I was relieved to find that there wasn’t too much computer code talk goi ...more
Jan 08, 2015 S A R A rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 01, 2011 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Compelling theme but slightly awkward execution. That's how I'd summarize this one. The premise is clever, if a bit overt in the wish-fulfillment department at some points, and a few plot twists are genuinely unexpected. But the writing is too abrupt and the transitions are too choppy (usually when the author incorporates technical explanations), so the story doesn't flow well. The introduction and the epilogue are a little too cutesy. And the main thrust of the plot - going up against a massive ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Leo rated it it was amazing
12/13/12. Just click on "View Spoiler"(view spoiler) ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Jan rated it liked it
I liked this very fast-paced cyber thriller. It was compulsive readable. As you might expect, it is plot driven high octane action, but it also addresses some important themes related to technology: our dependence upon technology in today’s society; addiction to some aspects of technology (gaming and virtual reality); loss of privacy; and sacrificing independence for the convenience offered by technology. You know, that old “man vs computer” thing.

I puzzled a bit about the ending. Sam essentiall
Perhaps if I hadn't been discussing rape culture before I sat down to read the bulk of this book I would've enjoyed it more; as it is I feel I'm being generous with my stars, because I really didn't enjoy it.

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
May 15, 2015 Magnus rated it it was amazing
Sam Wilson wanted to become a great hacker. But he has realized that he has to learn more to get better. One day he goes with his best friend Fargas to a event called Neoh@ck which is a convention for hackers. During the convention, Sam overhears a conversation about another event, in the White House, for the best hackers. So when Sam gets back home, he tries to hack into the White House server. Then 10 minutes later FBI agents knock on his front door to arrest him. He gets sent to a Juvenile de ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Janaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, 2011
This was a really original take on an apocalyptic/dystopian novel but I was not all that impressed. There were several times throughout the book that I felt that something was not explained properly and so I wandered around confused because I could not pinpoint exactly where my confusion came from so I could not go back and reread a specific part. I felt that some of the characters were not needed and this was just annoying.

Sam's best friend should have either not been involved or should have b
I found Brainjack to be a really interesting read. The beginning of the book had me hooked and I wanted to read it a lot because I really liked it and was really interested in what happened.

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
Karen Ball
Feb 12, 2011 Karen Ball rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
On Friday, on his way to school, Sam Wilson brought the United States of America to its knees.
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.
Noorain K
Mar 28, 2013 Noorain K rated it it was amazing
I have currently been reading Brain Jack by Brain Falkner it is the best book ever! The main character is Sam one reason I like him is he always knows what to do. Like the part where the phantom takes over Dodge (he is the leader of an hacking team) then Kiwi comes in and sees Dodge under the phantoms spell and Sam running away. I thought it was smart to run away while Kiwi was looking away. The author describes setting really good one part I know is when Sam is on an airplane to go to New York ...more
Alexandria Grider
I really liked this book. What i most like is how the author included all this information on computers and how they did it. I may have not understood half of it but i think it is a really good book.
Kym Brunner
Apr 22, 2011 Kym Brunner rated it really liked it
Revolves around the concept of neuro-technology (computers plugged directly into your brain) and how it affects people's thoughts and actions. Very cool concept and unique, near-futuristic story with a suspenseful plot.

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
Ethan Taylor
Sep 11, 2016 Ethan Taylor rated it really liked it

Brain Jack is a sci-fi apocalypse story about an AI intelligence program taking over several branches of the US Military and anyone that interfaced with it. In a search for two suspected murderers the AI causes a civil war between the different branches of the military, the ones that use its technology against the ones that don't. Through this, a young teenage hacker has to find a way to stop this AI before it causes the apocalypse. This quote; “But since then, it seemed he had been caught up in
Devin Jensen
Feb 18, 2016 Devin Jensen rated it it was amazing
Brain Jack
Brain Jack is an interesting dystopian novel that takes place in a futuristic United States that is completely controlled by government. Las Vegas has been destroyed in an unknown terrorist attack that even the government questions. The Cyber Defense Division, or CDD, is a branch of the government in which monitors everything on the Internet, or off. The CDD is able to watch, and stop hackers dead in their trails, before they can even break one code. Gaming has out broke as the most da
Sep 24, 2015 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is a very good sci-fi book. It's actually probably the best book I've ever read. The plot is filled with twists and turns, and the story rushes by so fast and adrenaline packed that you probably have to read it again. After Las Vegas is destroyed in a terrorist attack, the rest of America has cracked down on security. Now the rich live rich, and the slums are filled with game addicts. The main character, Sam Wilson, is an extremely talented hacker who lives in Chicago in an unspecified ...more
Kai K
Feb 23, 2015 Kai K rated it it was ok
“Brain Jack” by Brian Faulkner. What did I just read? It’s about Sam Wilson, a young teen hacker. “It has the whole “civilization is corrupted” cliche . It was a weird book. These headsets start possessing people like Invasion of the body snatchers. Oh yeah almost forgot Sam joins this team of hackers to stop it and they treat it like their knights in shining armor. All they’re doing is clicking tons of buttons! They make it like its dang American Sniper for bloody sake!
People are going crazy in
Annie Decastro
Nov 24, 2014 Annie Decastro rated it it was amazing
This book takes place in future America after a nuclear disaster in Las Vegas. Technology has taken off and many new games and computer products have been created. However gaming addictions are common and people go for weeks without eating or sleeping. The main character Sam is a computer genius who ends up working for a agency that fights computer crime. But a new threat has risen and could potentially destroy all of America!
The most interesting thing I found in this book was the myriad of me
Jun 10, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brain Jack is a very specialized novel that involves technical language—luckily, I love that kind of stuff, so I found all the jargon very interesting. The novel is obviously extremely farfetched, but I suspended belief for the time I read it and enjoyed it for what it was—pure fiction. [return][return]Sam Wilson is a high school kid who also happens to be a genius computer hacker. When he pulls off a hack that leaves even the government scratching it heads, he is recruited by a top government a ...more
Evan Slominski
Apr 23, 2014 Evan Slominski rated it it was amazing
Brain Jack
I really enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend this book to middle schools kids who like books with a lot of action and mystery. One quote from this book that not only applies to this book but life is “We are our memories," Dodge said. "That's all we are. That's what makes us the person we are. The sum of all our memories from the day we were born. If you took a person and replaced his set of memories with another set, he'd be a different person. He'd think, act, and feel t
Feb 12, 2014 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Brainjack, by Brian Falkner. A book that tackles many real world issues that affect our daily and insignificant lives, but falls back on the stinted character development, lack of race diversity, and its sexism. As a computer geek, and a a total nerd, I was incredibly excited when I heard about a book that has a premise of a futuristic dystopian land, and is mainly based on virtual technology. The book starts out with Sam Wilson, as he attempts to hack into Telecomercia (a leading power source i ...more
Jordan Van
I picked up Brainjack by Brian Falkner a few days ago and haven't put it down since. What I found the most interesting was the fact that Falkner embraced the topic of a new world and I believe he handled the revolution of neuro headsets very well, meaning to me there were no gaps in time where something didn't quite add up. Also, I liked how Falkner kept Sam and his friends on a fast paced course of action, and almost no slow points besides the end.

Sam, unknowingly on of the best hackers on post
Benjamin Issroff
Dec 14, 2011 Benjamin Issroff rated it it was amazing
Brain Jack by Brian Falkner displays an intriguing plot with brilliant language. The engaged reader will find themselves wanting to carry on in this exciting adventure. Combining realistic characters with a semi-fictional plot, Falkner is able to create something few writers are capable of. However, be careful to avoid being sucked into the vortex of computer hacking that this book creates too much, or you may find yourself in the same position as some characters in the novel.
May 21, 2015 Roy rated it really liked it
If you are a person that likes science fiction with some action in it, then Brain Jack is the book for you. This book makes you want to turn the page and keep reading until you hit the end.

Chapter one starts with "On Friday, on his way to school, Sam Wilson brought the United States of America to its knees"(Falkner 7). It immediately hooked me in because I wanted to know why Sam Wilson brought the United States to its knees. Then it doesn't tell you why Sam brought the United States to its knee
Jennifer Lynn
May 04, 2015 Jennifer Lynn rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book sounded interesting when I read the book cover, but once I delved into it I realized that the book was not quite what i was expected. That is not to say it was bad though! I think that a lot of people who are into sci-fi and possible dystopian angle would really like it, I just wanted something different to happen which led to my disappointment. The premises was great, computers that can be worked with your mind- just the ideas behind that are realistic and thought provoking. In this t ...more
Jun 11, 2016 Sheng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ya
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“We are our memories," Dodge said. "That's all we are. That's what makes us the person we are. The sum of all our memories from the day we were born. If you took a person and replaced his set of memories with another set, he'd be a different person. He'd think, act, and feel things differently.” 24 likes
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