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Brain Jack by Brian Falkner
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Jul 08, 2011

did not like it
Read in July, 2011

There were about 90 pages about two-thirds of the way through that were good. In the beginning we are told that Sam is a genius and he hacks into an unhackable system, crippling the US computer system in the process, all to steal some cool computer stuff that was never really explained clearly. He did this with the help of a friend who was never more than a plot point that could have been edited out without any loss. Sam gets hired by a government anticyberterrorism unit to fight evil online in battles that were so unrealistic to me that I almost thought I was reading a comedy. Oh and his mom becomes a useless character so she just disappears from the scene except for a few moments of "gee I miss my Mom." And honestly, that's where it starts to get good. The characters are cardboard. The action descriptions are unbelievable. The story is more told than shown. I've read a lot of YA, a lot of dystopia and a lot of sci fi, and I have to say this one is down near the bottom of the pile.

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