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 keyboa ...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
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
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
I puzzled a bit about the ending. Sam essentiall ...more
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
Sam's best friend should have either not been involved or should have b ...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
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 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
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 ...more
People are going crazy in ...more
The most interesting thing I found in this book was the myriad of me ...more
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
Sam, unknowingly on of the best hackers on post ...more
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 ...more