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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
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...more
Beth
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
Leo
12/13/12. Just click on "View Spoiler"(view spoiler)...more
Jan
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...more
Janaye
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...more
Rebecca
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...more
Amy
"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 masters the new technology, he has a terrifying realization. If anything on his computer is vulnerable to an attack, what happens when his mind is linked to the system? Could consciousness itself be hacked?

Brian Falkner, author of The Tomorrow Code and The Project, delivers an action-packed...more
Karen Ball
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....more
Nathan R
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...more
Noorain K
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
Clickety
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...more
Kym Brunner
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...more
Amanda
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
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...more
Ben
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
Benjamin Issroff
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.
Joshua
So far very exciting... Only problem is topical tech references, guitar hero, blurays etc. for a future book kind of pulled me out a little.

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.
Ryan Jensen
Have you ever had an ability that you kept secret for fear of terrorists using it? Probably not but, have you ever been wanted by every single country dead not alive? Again probably not but in Brain Jack, by Brian Falkner, Sam has hacked the biggest business in the world and uses it to get anything he wants, all from inside a coffee shop. He gets discovered by human resources and is hired to stop all hackers, big or small, but when the neuro-headset comes out, People start disappearing, becoming...more
Greg
I think that this was a very interesting book and well dipected what will become of society in the future. I think that this book is very similar to George Orwell's 1984 because they both invlove an invasion of privacy due to advancments in technology.
Denise
I did not think I would like this techno-thriller type of book, but I devoured it! There is enough action away from the computers to hold the readers attention and just enough character development to make the book interesting.
Delzi Wilkinson
May 29, 2014 Delzi Wilkinson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science-Fiction lovers
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Becky
This book is about a genius kid who hacks into computers and databases for fun. He successfully hacks into one of the most well protected databases in the world, but is noticed by the government. They recruit him for a top-secret program against hackers. Around this time, the neuro-headsets, which allows people to do things on a computer without actually touching the computer, are becoming more and more popular. The problem is, anything connected to a computer can be hacked. The neuro-headsets s...more
Hannah Lee
I thought that Brain Jack, by Brian Falkner was a very interesting book. The way that the future of our media was imagined was intriguing to me. It has a very good "hook," grabbing you with the very first sentence. It tells you how everything about you, everything could be found out in less then ten minutes by going through your computer. Talk about creepy! I think is was a very great book, and I loved the characters. All of the characters were distinct, and were involved in the novel in one way...more
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Sara Vidanagamage
The book started off with a slightly comical prologue. The first chapter wasvery detailed and technical and you didn't really need to read it. From then on it was a genuine pleasure to read. Sam was the high school nerd with an equally nerdy best friend and just happens to be a genius with computer hacking. The only faults of the book were that Falkner sort of forgot sam's best friend as the book went on so the reader didn't feel connected to Sams best friend at all and the ending was very rushe...more
Kelvin Nguyen
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Urb
I don’t usually write reviews but I had a bit of time after finishing this book and thought I would post something while it was fresh. The Reason I grabbed them from the library was I wanted to read something like Ready Player One and I thought it was worth a try. The book as a whole is not bad, but I struggle to recommend this book unless you have a good understanding of computers. The reason I say this is the book has about 40% of the action scene that are about people trying to hack, or defen...more
Gilbert Patten-Elliott
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Sam Wilson is just your average teenager. At least he looks like your average teenager. What is different about Sam is his ability with computers. Sam can access nearly anything that is on the internet. He has written his own computer programs to allow this and just recently pulled off one of the biggest hacks the world has seen – with a few side effects. Sam hacked into Telecomerica, got himself and his friend a new computer and neuro-headset, but in the process, caused the majority of the Unit...more
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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.” 14 likes
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