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Brain Jack

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,482 ratings  ·  443 reviews
A Top Ten YALSA Pick for Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults! Fans of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and M. T. Anderson's Feed will love this high-octane cyber thriller.

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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 9th 2011 by Ember (first published September 2009)
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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
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 01, 2011 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
Nathan R
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jackson Lamie
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
12/13/12. Just click on "View Spoiler"(view spoiler) ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, age-ya, thriller
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Noah Herring
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I enjoyed reading Brain Jack by Brian Falkner, because I related to the book as I also like computers and technology. I also enjoy reading books like this one where the author switches between each character to narrate or follow what they are doing. After reading this one book by him, I plan on reading many more of his books.

Sam is like any normal teenage boy, except he is a hacking genius. Using his skills, he and his best friend decide to hack into a technology corpora
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was given to me at Christmas by a friend. I was told it was his favorite book ever and he was so happy to give it to me, that I didn't have the heart to tell him it's not my type of read.

Then I started reading. I told myself I'd read it just for my friend. To be able to honestly say I had. And, I'm so grateful I did.

I didn't just read it, I lived it. Truly sucked into the story which, considering the topic is almost scary in and of itself. I won't say more, only that I feel more of u
If you're into science fiction, action, and a page turner. Brain Jack by Brian F. would be just for you! It's an action packed story taking place when a virus takes over all the servers in Las Vegas. The main character, Sam, has to hack his way into the virus and save the day. What I liked about this book is, if an older person were to read it. They kind of wouldn't understand much of what was going on. It has a very high tech vocabulary through out the book. The story kin of kept me guessing li ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such an interesting story. I loved it!
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brain Jack is a highly interesting and unique book that takes a look at what the internet could possibly become with the combined power of every brain of Earth. The story follows a boy named Sam who has a massive interest in everything computer. After working a big hack job to get one of the new Neuro Headsets, Sam is tracked down and located by the Cyber Defense Division as they wish for him to work for the USA. The book go's on and eventually the neuro headsets become a massive problem as they ...more
A couple years ago, I picked up a book on a whim called "Snow Crash." I didn't know what to expect and I had actually passed by it numerous times before giving in and finally purchasing it.

What a find!

"Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson could have easily been just a generic science fiction techno babble-filled monstrosity, but that certainly wasn't the case. It ended up having a lot of originality, spunk and a surprising amount of heart.

I only mention the previous book to say that it led me to furth
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Name: Josh Halat

Book title: Brain Jack
What I think- Brain Jack is a great book that is super hard to put the book down. In the book, there are chapters that have cliffhangers that go on to the next chapter.

Plot- In the beginning of the book Sam, the main character, does one of the best and skilled hacks ever. He hacks into Telecomerica, encountering security spiders and a firewall. When Sam breaks the firewall and gets in, he orders some paper-thin Toshiba notebooks and two neuro headsets. He t
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Karen Ball
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Noorain K
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Doc Harley
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brain Jack
Personal review
I really like this book, and it probably comes in as one of my top five. I love the action, mystery, intricacy, and attention to detail. I wish he would have come out with more making this a series, but seeing as it was published in 2009, it is a safe assumption to say that he is done with this book.

The book starts with 17-year-old Sam Wilson hacking one of the biggest telecommunication networks in the world. After being put on the CDD's watchlist, he is quickly c
Kym Brunner
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Josh Newhouse
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brain Jack, originally titled " Technology is freaking scary and if you trust it you may die ...more
Georgy Kuznetsov
Great short read. Perfect for teens that are interested in technology. It's packed with action and mystery. Definitely worth the $20!! ...more
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