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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  8,194 ratings  ·  984 reviews
Charles en Benjamin Armstrong streven maar één doel na: een perfecte wereld zonder wreedheden. Het begin van een ware utopie ligt in hun handen. Maar de manier waarop ze dit ogenschijnlijk nobele plan tot uitvoering brengen, is angstaanjagend. Met microscopisch kleine robotjes - nanobots - manipuleren de Armstrongs de hersenen van alle mensen, zodat de wereld als één brein ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Van Goor (Unieboek Het Spectrum) (first published February 28th 2012)
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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 con…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  ·  review of another edition
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

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 f
Mike Mullin
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
End of edit.

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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Anagha Uppal
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[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
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
List time cause what is sentence.
Good shit:
- The concept. It's awesome, and the book delivers.
- Perspectives. I love getting many POV characters, and you definitely get that here, from both sides of the main conflict.
- Juicy juicy action. I have read this book before, and I was still scared. Action and fight scenes aren't what I enjoy most in books, but these are so good. I think it's because there's so much happening at the same time.
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Reading is my Escape
Nanotechnology. This book is about kids (twitchers) (usually gamers) who are fighting on two sides of a war no one knows about. The Armstrong Gift Corporation is run by conjoined twins Benjamin & Charles who also deal in weapons and happen to be sociopaths. They want to use nanobots to control every person on earth so that no one will ever suffer again or have to think for themselves. Everyone will also worship them. Bzrk is the other side and they want to stop the Twins. The book talks a lot ab ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a decent book, I love the characters and the plot, but the images that appear in my mind... ew! The book was quite grotesque, and I wouldn't want the faint-hearted to read this book and get nightmares. Also wouldn't recommend it to young readers because there's a fair amount of cussing. And of course the distorted parts...

It is also quite confusing at parts and I had to re-read some parts of the book. But overall, I was engrossed in the book. I would recommend this to young adults becaus
Patricia Crowther
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only picked this one up because it’d been on the tbr for literally years and I’d decided it was time to clear some of those out. And I’m actually pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Past me obvs had some good taste! It was tricky to get into at first but then I found I was totally engrossed. It was just so plausible! I really liked reading both the anti hero’s and the villains POV too which you don’t often get. Who knows I might even pick up the next one!
Aakash Shah
It was a suspenseful, dynamic story that is sure to pique your interest.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like unique scifi concept
8.25 out of 10 ⭐✨
Such a wow. This novel is fully thrill and excitement troughout...

Keyword: scifi, nanotechnology, insanity, bio-punk, fast-paced

Bzrk is a novel about a group of terrorist against secret organization in the war of nanotechnology. With nanotechnology, anything could happen, like murder without anyone noticing or even taking control of the world leader's brain. Someone just need to let nano-sized robotic avatars into your body and BAM! The unseen robots find a way to your brain a
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bzrk by Micheal Grant was an over all a well written book. There was a different plot than the usual dystopian plots (the usual big bad controlling government). I mean hey, how many books do you read about nano-leveled weapon? Well for me, not many. Bzrk is told in third person but (in my opinion) mainly focuses on the two teens Sadie and Noah. Bzrk is a group of teenagers and twenty year olds set on stopping the evil Armstrong twins. Both groups fight using nano weapons. . The Bzrk group recrui ...more
Sofia Blackthorn Of The Wild Hunt
My favorite sci-fi I’ve ever read! Amazing plot and can’t wait to get into the rest of the series
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You have to know that I am a HUGE Michael Grant fan. I love the Gone books.

First of all, look at this magnificent cover. It is very mysterious and fits perfectly with the story. I think it's ever designed in a better way than the Gone books(UK versions).

So I instantly picked this book up as soon as I found it in the bookstore. Because I love the Gone books, I had very high expectations for this book. Did it disappoint? Or did it exceed all my expectations? Read on to figure out.

I think the plot
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of HEAVY Sci-Fi/Robots
Kind of hard to believe that Michael Grant wrote this . . . well, garbage. Now, maybe it's just because I don't like heavy science fiction (I'll stick to my dystopians thank you very much) but I found myself lost whenever these biot battles would occur, and then they'd be running, and then they'd be going for somebody's brain, and blah!

Could that be that maybe I wasn't paying good enough attention? Unlikely, but not impossible since it was so damn boring, but whatever.

Could it be that it was too
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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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