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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  7,601 ratings  ·  943 reviews
Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind.  Charles and Benjamin Armstrong, conjoined twins and owners of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, have a goal:  to turn the world into their vision of utopia.  No wars, no conflict, no hunger.  And no free will.  Opposing them is a guerrilla group of teens, code name BZRK, who are fightin ...more
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by EgmontUSA
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Alfieisfab Yeah, I enjoyed it, but a little confusing
Ruby I think you should. I had to read it for an English assignment, and although I was dubious at first, I really enjoyed it - the start is incredibly…moreI think you should. I had to read it for an English assignment, and although I was dubious at first, I really enjoyed it - the start is incredibly confusing which is probably why you stopped reading, but I would say it’s worth it (and you work everything out as the plot develops).(less)

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May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya

i think it was at page 178 when i checked out, mentally.

nerve fibers twitched, yanked the legs from nanobots, hurled others into flesh walls. what seemed like meters m-sub became mere inches m-sub as the spasm contracted nerve and wracked muscle.

vincent sent both his biots, half-crippled, but not dead just yet, no definitely not dead, straight into the confused mass of nanobots, plowed bodily into them with all the speed they could manage and kept thrashing ahead, dragging the microphages with t
Emily May
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi, 2012

I stayed up late to finish this and I really wish I hadn't bothered. In fact, I'm very surprised I managed it.

This book was a huge disappointment. This is because I had high expectations of Michael Grant after reading his imaginative Gone series, full of exciting characters with mutant powers that draws interesting comparisons between the struggling society created by the kids and our own world. Grant's books have never been perfect to me, I have often complained about the lack of a decent fema
Mike Mullin
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Exactly what a YA thriller should be: smart, complex, plausible, and tense. Grant doesn't pander to his audience--the bad guys aren't wholly evil, and the good guys aren't always admirable. The near-future technology is imagined beautifully--the battlefields of BZRK are what we would get--will get--when predator drones and nanotechnology converge. Sadie's a tough-as-titanium heroine and Noah is likeable in an everyboy sort of way. Grant's writing suits the story perfectly, muscular and propulsiv ...more
Stella Chen
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nikita, James Bond, 24 fans.
Recommended to Stella by: My good ol' self. Thank you self.
Edited on Dec 6th 2012: Can I just say, I actually enjoy the paperback cover? It's intriguing, dark and has a nice hint of a middle grade cover.
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First off: Damn you Michael Grant! Just as I have a story in mind involving nanotechnology, you produce a masterpiece that surely makes mine look weak. I declare you the king of nanotech.


Now on to my review and I have one question to ask you.

What would you choose given the choice of free will or cohesiveness?

Well, basically this is what thi
C.G. Drews
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO REVIEW IT. But a few things you probably should know: a) I'm a huge Michael Grant fan...I like anything he writes, b) I went into this book knowing zlich, I recommend you ignore my review and do the same...but c) totally read my review if you want details. Because I will soooo give them to you.

Okay...I'll calm myself. Slightly. (By the way, I listened to it on audio and the audio is AMAZING. Accents = perfection. I recommen
A copy was provided by Random House of Canada for review! Thank you!

Noah and Sadie are two teenagers living in a world where nano bots and biots live inside people. Yes you read that right. The nano bots are machine like robots that are so tiny they can live inside a human body. The biots on the other hand were created for medical reasons. To help people. They are also a mix of several different species that include jellyfish, arachnids and ants. Talk about creepy!!! There is a war raging and it
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-novels
I know a lot of people love this book, but for some reason, it just wasn't one of my favorites. Don't get me wrong, I love Michael Grant (I am obsessed with the Gone series!) but this book didn't manage to surprise me or keep me very entertained. I thought the idea of the nanotechnology was certainly interesting, but I was kind of bothered by how the writing would switch into the nano's perspective and just seem to drag on and on with all these details about how disturbing/fantastical it was to ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recenze na blogu -

Po dočtení: To si ze mě utahujete?! Takhle to fakt skončilo? :D A já nemám druhý díl? :D

- Ale všechna čest našemu překladateli, kniha je plná neobvyklých popisů a věcí, které se prostě jinak nevidí, takže si určitě máknul, aby to pak pro nás bylo stravitelné :)) -

Malé zádrhelky BZRK má, některá rozhodnutí jsou třeba moc složitá či naopak příliš jednoduchá, ale jinak je ten nápad perfektní a Grant se fakt nebojí lidi rozcupovat... A hlav
Paul  Hankins
***No Spoilers***

As I have "seen" some things while reading Michael Grant's new title, I'd like to share them with you. . .if only in an effort to absolve myself of some of the horrors.

By habit, I am NOT a sci-fi or fantasy reader. No, it's not that I don't like them (I've admitted this before and awoke to a flood of messages and tweets). I do, in fact, know enough about the titles I HAVE read to make recommendations in Room 407 for my readers who do read in this genre. And with recent offerings
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5 stars**
**No spoilers**

This book took me completely by surprise. I really wasn't expecting to like it half as much as I did. I found it to be really fast paced and fascinating. The characters were great and I appreciated that it gave the POV of the bad guys too. I just kept finding myself really gripped which is always a good thing.

The romance felt a little forced but it wasn't a major part of the book, and when it first started some of it was a little confusing, but other than that this bo
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you’re a big fan of Michael Grant’s Gone series like I am, and eagerly anticipating for Fear, then you are absolutely going to devour BZRK, the first book in his new thriller series. Where Gone was my entrée in 2010 and Plague my main course in 2011 (the books in between being complementary champagnes and refreshments), BZRK was my dessert – although filled with internal bodily environments, blood, bits of brain, and shards of bone, it was sweet and delectable the entire way through, or as th ...more
Kristina Čechová
Jak začít... můj vztah k této knize mi nebyl pravděpodobně již od počátku přán. Nejdříve se recenzní kopie ztratila kdesi na cestě, takže se do mých rukou nedostala včas a já nemohla v požadovaném čase její čtení dokončit a přicházím s recenzí téměř s křížkem po funuse. Nicméně jsem se do toho vrhla a čekala na zázrak, jelikož tato kniha je opravdu ve všech směrech vychvalována a já si byla naprosto jistá, že mne čeká unikátní čtenářský zážitek. Problém byl v tom, že přes neskutečně slibný začát ...more
Anagha Uppal
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Michael Grant fans and anyone looking for a good adventure and comfortable with some gore/violence
Shelves: posted
Today’s review is about a book I am super excited about for many, many reasons (if you’re bored with backstories, just scroll down). First of all, it’s Michael Grant! Super talented author of the Gone series. Second of all, it’s been so long since I’d read a thrilling, gross boy book, it was about time. I was way too deep in girly drama books. Not. Good. One of the biggest reasons this book will always be dear to my heart is because it was the first ARC I requested directly from a big publisher ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
„Tam dole v masu je divnej svět. A ze všeho nejdivnější jsme my.“

BZRK je zvláštní knihou. Neobvyklou, zajímavou, zmatenou a nabízející toho hodně do budoucna. S Michaelem Grantem nemám žádné zkušenosti, ale co jsem tak v okolí postřehla, je to dobrý autor. A opravdu tomu tak je, protože jak by špatný autor mohl sestavit knihu jako je tato?

V BZRKu v podstatě najdete nový svět. Svět nana, svět všeho, co není vidět pouhým okem. Svět tam dole v masu, uvnitř lidského těla. Chápu, že to asi zní zmat
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
[This review assumes you've read the book. If you haven't, you probably shouldn't read it. Or do.]

I'm starting to wonder if I have the same condition Victor has, and am unable to experience pleasure. Because despite the fact that this book has everything (or what is generally considered everything - cars, money, explosions, government conspiracy, politics, and evil deformed twin creatures) for some reason, I can't push it over to 4-5 star territory.

My issues with this:

Character motivation/develo
Thomas Edmund
I picked up BZRK because I love the Gone series (and feel that Animorphs may be a little 90's for my tastes these days.) At first the concept really drew me in - along with unusually brutal prose - an idea of battles taking place in the 'micro' and 'macro' was scary and interesting.

Unfortunately I found myself unable to attach to the characters, they all seemed to be introduced the same way: 2-3 paragraphs describing a couple of physical attributes and a run-down on the 'sort' of person they wer
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
EDIT: Po napsání recenze, kterou si později budete moci přečíst na Fantasy Planet jsem se rozhodla zvednout hodnocení ze tří na čtyři hvězdičky, protože mi došlo, že něco tak nechutného, geniálního a originálního jsem snad ještě ani nečetla...
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Takovéhle konce by se měly zakázat.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A good story that lacks in character development. The nitty gritty tech of nanotechnology isn't explained, although the viewpoint of a nanobot is described. The struggle between conflicting worldviews and thus the real world battles we witness are interesting.
A very few profanities are sprinkled in and sexual content, though not explicit, is definitely prevalent and beyond innuendo, including a physical relationship between a 16 year old and an older woman. Homosexuality is openly discussed.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Válka je věc špatná sama o sobě. Ničí lidi, pustoší vesnice a to vše řídí vysoce postavení lidé. Kde jsou ty doby, kdy se válčilo muž proti muži? Pryč. Nastává totiž nová éra. Éra strojů, robotů. A biotů. Díky nim uvidíte, jak vlastně vypadá smítko prachu z mikroskopické dálky. Jak vlastně vypadá roztoč, blecha, nebo oko? Stačí dotyk a jste pod nadvládou těchto strojů. V této „miniaturní“ válce existují lidé, kteří to ví a bojují. Oni tam totiž byli. Tam dole. Dole v nanu…

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SJH (A Dream of Books)
I’ve never read anything by Michael Grant before but I’ve read so many stellar reviews of his books that I thought it was about time I tried one for myself. BZRK is published by Egmont’s new YA imprint Electric Monkey and is unique because prior to the book’s publication, a six-month long interactive transmedia prequel was launched online, incorporating social media, web sites, blogs, video games and many other mobile devices to develop people’s interest in the characters and the story before ac ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-2012
Often, I feel there is a gender divide in YA with books either aimed at girls (the majority) or a few action/sci-fi for the boys. Michael Grant's new YA series BZRK though proves YA doesn't need this as it has an appeal for both sexes. It is an action filled, complicated and thrilling novel that left me anticipating the next addition and feeling like I'd been on an insane journey.

Writing a review for BZRK has been challenging as there is so much I don't want to spoil for you and it is such a dif
Whitley Birks
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
See more reviews on my blog.

I still remember reading Animorphs and wondering how the Yeerks could actually reach the brain through the ear. It’s not like there’s actually an open hole into your cranium.

Um…Michael Grant has done some research since those books.

A lot.

Maybe too much.

This was a seriously creepy book, but in the best possible way. Certainly not for the squeamish, though. It has its share of blood and gore, as his books are wont to do, but the majority of the creep factor comes from
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: guest-reviews
Guest Review by Andrew

BZRK... I’m not 100% sure how to describe this book as this is a ... well... a hard thing to explain. But here’s my attempt. BZRK, the first in a new series, is about nanos and biots. Not sure what these are? These are nanobots and biots, the biological counterpart of nanos. And here, it seems the world is in danger from these. Or rather, the group known as AFGC, who want to “rewire” the most powerful minds of the world: the President of the United States and the British Pr
More like 1,5 stars.

So, I absolutely love the Gone series, and I've been dying to read something else by Michael Grant ever since I finished Light. I thought Bzrk sounded great, and my expectations were pretty high. But, I didn't like it, and I'm so disappointed. I thought the story was weird, I was having trouble imagining the whole biot thing, and I didn't connect with a single character. I liked the ending, though, and it's the only reason that this wasn't a one star read for me.
upřímně hodně slabé. k postavám jsem měla nulový vztah. a ještě na 200stý stránce jsem uvažovala kdo je kdo...
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In England, Noah Cotton visits his older brother, an ex-soldier, in a mental facility where he rages about ‘nanos’ and berserk.

Sadie McLure is at a football game while her brother and father fly in a private jet overhead, off to a meeting about their company, McLure Industries.

Bug Man is at the controls, about to change the very course of history.

And down in the meat, everything is coming together for disaster. . .

‘BZRK’ is the first book in a new and frightening YA series from Michael Grant.

Petra Sýkorová
Michael Grant je šprýmař. Tedy alespoň takovým pohledem se na svět okolo sebe dívá a nikdy nezapomene utrousit nějakou trefnou a mírně sarkastickou poznámku. Čtenáři po celém světě si jeho knihy oblíbili právě díky jeho specifickému stylu vyprávění. O svém dětství říká, že bylo těžké. Tedy hlavně pro jeho rodiče. Narodil se v Kalifornii, ale během dětství a dospívání žil všudemožně – v Americe, 3 roky ve Francii a taky v Itálii. To vše díky tomu, že byl jeho otec voják z povolání. Většinu svého ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seerijas
Man patika!!!!!!! Jūtīgiem cilvēkiem labāk nelasīt:)
Aakash Shah
It was a suspenseful, dynamic story that is sure to pique your interest.
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Co-author with Katherine Applegate of Ocean City, Making Out, Summer, Animorphs, Everworld, Remnants, Eve and Adam.

Pseudonymous coauthor with KA of Christy (the TV spin-off books), Sweet Valley Twins, Girl Talk and various Disney spin-offs.

Pseudonymous author of Barf-O-Rama.

Author of Gone, BZRK, The Magnificent 12, Messenger of Fear, Front Lines, Monster and A Sudden Death in Cyprus.

AKA Michae

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