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by Michael Grant, Nico Evers-Swindell (Read by)

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Love The Hunger Games?  Action-adventure thrillers with a dystopian twist? BZRK (Berserk) by Michael Grant, New York Times best-selling author of the GONE series, ramps up the action and suspense to a whole new level of excitement.
Set in the near future, BZRK is the story of a war for control of the human mind. 


Love The Hunger Games?  Action-adventure thrillers with a dystopian twist? BZRK (Berserk) by Michael Grant, New York Times best-selling author of the GONE series, ramps up the action and suspense to a whole new level of excitement.
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 fighting to protect the right to be messed up, to be human.  This is no ordinary war, though.  Weapons are deployed on the nano-level. The battleground is the human brain.  And there are no stalemates here:  It’s victory . . . or madness.
BZRK unfolds with hurricane force around core themes of conspiracy and mystery, insanity and changing realities, engagement and empowerment, and the larger impact of personal choice. Which side would you choose?  How far would you go to win?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 9 Up—In a near future world, the megalomaniac, conjoined twin Armstrong brothers are working to develop a Nexus Humanus, a peaceful world society with only one problem: an absence of free will. Pitted against them is a group of teen hackers who call themselves BZRK. There are actually two battlefields: the macro leve, where traditional methods of warfare are used, and "in the meat," inside the brains of both battlers and world leaders. Those battles take place between nanobots and biots, mechanical and biological bits of nanotechnology controlled by "twitchers" that can rewire peoples' brains. And, if a biot dies, his controller goes mad. From the moment the high intensity music begins each disc, narrator Nico Evers-Swindell brings to light the tension of the high-stakes drama in Michael Grant's thriller (EgmontUSA, 2012). He provides realistic voices for the large multinational cast of characters, from Noah's low key British accent to Sadie's high class tough girl voice, from Ophelia's soft Indian lilt to Dietrich's precise German, with each character becoming instantly recognizable. This smart and complex story requires complete attention, and Evers-Swindell makes that easier by maintaining a high level of energy throughout.—Ann Brownson, Ballenger Teachers Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Publishers Weekly
In Grant's (the Gone novels) launch of a SF spy series, when Sadie McClure's father and brother are killed in a gruesome plane crash, she is pulled into the titular secret organization her father ran, fighting a war on the nanotechnological level to save humanity. All members of the organization take names of people who famously went insane, so the newly-minted Plath gets teamed with (and romantically linked to) fellow recruit Keats. As they finesse their skills of observation and precision, and learn the art of emotional detachment, they are also trained to operate their "biots," biomechanical extensions of themselves. The organization uses the biots to fight the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation. Silly name aside, the latter organization has no scruples (their top recruit, Bug Man, is a rapist and murderer). Grant doesn't shy from moral compromises and brutal violence—heroes and villains alike suffer death and dismemberment—but he also draws into sharp focus the psychological toll that these events take on the characters. An entertaining, smart thriller with a conclusion that points to the next installment. Ages 14–up. (Feb.)
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* Grant, who showed a flair for grandiose conceptual gambits in his Gone series, here goes big by going small. With science as soft as pudding (though, really, who cares—pudding is delicious), he envisions nanotechnology so advanced that brains can be rewired, memories manipulated, and senses hacked by robots and gene-spliced creatures the size of dust mites. A war between two ultra-secretive, competing ideologies—one championing free will, the other promising enforced happiness—is being fought “down in the meat,” and Grant gleefully exposes the biological ickiness of the body going about its everyday business in paranoia-inducing scenes of nanobots scuttling across spongy brain matter or plunging probes into optic nerves. At the same time, he doles out eviscerating loads of violence on the macro level as two teens are enlisted to help stop a maniacal baddie and his team of “twitchers,” who are planning to infiltrate the heads of the world’s most powerful nations. With simmering pots of sexual tension, near-nonstop action, and the threat of howling madness or brain-melting doom around every corpuscular corner, Grant’s new series is off to a breathless, bombastic start. - Booklist, Starred Review

YA fiction at it’s best. … It's a combination science fiction/adventure/thriller all written brilliantly to entice the reader into a terrifying world.” –Examiner.com
“Squeamish as I am, Grant has me hooked with the compelling characters that populate the Go BZRK storyworld.” –Michael Anderson, WIRED magazine
“Grant utilizes contemporary themes and memorable characters, along with the possibilities of emerging technology to craft aningenious world not too far removed from our own. … The intelligent presentation will likely appeal to a broad audience.” –PopCultureGuy
“If you are anything like me then BZRK will blow your mind. … BZRK is very different from pretty much any YA book out there at the moment, and the closest I can come to expressing how it is continuing to play on my mind almost two weeks later, is to liken it to William Gibson's Neuromancer which had a similar effect on me many years ago. BZRK is a gamechanger for YA literature.” –The Book Zone
“This novel is full of the intricacies of the human body and non-stop action on all fronts. … An intricately written science fiction thriller, BZRK offers an in-depthlook into a war raging deep within the human body.” –Deseret News

Praise for Gone, by Michael Grant:

An ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adults

"This intense, marvelously plotted, paced, and characterized story will immediately garner comparisons to Lord of the Flies...A potent mix of action and thoughtfulness-centered around good and evil, courage and cowardice-renders this a tour-de-force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless." - Booklist

"If Stephen King had written LORD OF THE FLIES, it might have been a little like this...Excited to see where [Grant] will take [the reader] with this new series." - Voya

ALAN Review - Zachary Oswanski
Sadie and Noah are caught up in the fight to control the world. After being recruited for the freedom-fighter organization BZRK, these two must help battle against the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation. The AFGC is using nanotechnology in attempts to unify the human race and bring peace and cooperation to all mankind. BZRK works against AFGC, using biots to fight the nanobots in order to preserve humans' "freedom to be miserable." Sadie and Noah must learn how to fight both in the "micro" — inside the human body—and in the "macro"—the real world. Grant weaves together elements of modern times and his own inventions to create a world in which humans battle for control on a microscopic level. What happens outside of the view of human eyes could change the fate of the entire world population. It rests on the shoulders of Sadie and Noah to decide. Reviewer: Zachary Oswanski
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—In the 21st century, war is covertly being waged and the fate of humanity is at stake. The conjoined, middle-aged Armstrong Twins, who head the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, want all of humanity to be as connected as they are. Rebelling against this vision is a shadowy organization, BZRK, which is somehow linked to McLure Industries. When Sadie McLure's brother and father die in a mysterious plane crash, leaving her the heir to the company, the 16-year-old finds herself pulled into the conspiracy. She and another gifted recruit, Noah, are trained by BZRK to fight with biots-minuscule genetically engineered extensions of themselves-against mechanical nanobots controlled by the teen hackers of AFGC. Their success will determine society's future. Grant cleverly blends the science of Michael Crichton with the international espionage of Anthony Horowitz's "Alex Rider" series (Philomel) in a sci-fi thriller that will hook teens. There's plenty of gore here, and frequent high-tension battles within and between human hosts of nanobots and biots. No one in this war is a hero, which keeps readers wondering if there really are "good guys." This moral nuance doesn't extend to the Twins, described as "Satan playing with DNA" and "fused together in a way that made the mind rebel." This ableism mars an otherwise engaging novel, which is the first in a series.—Gretchen Kolderup, New Canaan Library, CT

Product Details

Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
BZRK Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family in the USA, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His dream is to spend a whole year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife, Katherine Apple-gate, their two children, and far too many pets. You can visit him online at www.themichaelgrant.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone said this book doesn't start introducing the characters (no exposition). This book is not written under some reader-appealing structure; you can tell that Michael Grant writes because he has great and orginal ideas to explore and put down on paper, unlike most popular YA writers with romance-driven plots. If you can handle a book that plunges right into an intense world, then you will like this. If you like philosophical stories (which is kind of impossible not to be) with thought-provoking ideas, especially those challenging human nature, you will like this. If you appreciate English literature (Keatings, Plath, Lear, etc.) you might notice all the allusions he makes, and oh, you will like them, too. This is a great book. For those who can handle its awesomeness.
arctichamster More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of Michael Grant's GONE series, this time he takes things to a whole new level! BZRK is the first book in a strange, highly twisted trilogy -- only most of the action takes place *inside* the human body. There are good guys and bad guys, of course; Noah and Sadie are part of the food guys, while the Armstrong Twins lead the bad guys. And then there are the bots -- nanobots and biobots and incredible battles that take place inside people's bodies . Things get very intense very quickly, and the whole book is one amazingly insane roller coaster ride -- not to mention a book you'll have a tough time putting down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um okay use a place to write book reviews to argue. But whatever the book was spectacular! It had plenty of completely unexpected twists and tons of action. It is definantly a little disturbing at times and certainly not for the weak of heart. But if you like books like the hunger games and Grant's Gone series, you will love this book. Amazing! I can't wait for Michael Grant's next book by the way. It's Fear, the 5th book in the Gone series, and it comes out April 3rd. Read that series if you liked this book!!!! And for all those who haven't read BZRK or the Gone series you should!!!!!! DFTBA!!!!!! Haha nerdfighter reference :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very unique concept that catches your attention right away. I look forward to a sequel. I was sad to see it end.. a great read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Yes it's a bit confusing at first, but comes together beautifully
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Kay-Z More than 1 year ago
Interesting book...makes you think. It was well written and I enjoyed it enough to buy the second book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is anyone still here ill check here every so offen even if its a year past ilk check it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Imma just go...-leaves-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a work of art.again i enjoy the marco/nano battles with little bugs crawling on/in your brain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really cool and interesting it held my attention so much i could barley put it down. Its really worth your money.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for making that point. If you don't like the random conversations that people have, then stop complaining and go somewhere else for that.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A motley of characters combined with exceptionsl imagery to form a literary work of art. Personally it wasnt what i was expecting, having read the discription, but i was immensely impressed. A very intriquing read, the suspense truly captivating. Definitely makes me question random eye irritations and headaches now.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading free sample I almost ordered bzrk from daily find. When I found this was a series and the next book was listed at over$18 I decided this was too expensive for an ebook so did not purchase any of them. I will say the sample was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I had read Gone, which was the most amazing book series I've ever read by the way. I got this thinking that no way Michael Grant could create another writing miracle, but alos thinking that it was his book, and being a loyal fan I should read it. So I did. And let me tell you right now, Michael Grant is the god of writing. Every single teen book of his I've read, Eve and Adam, The Gone Series, BZRK series, they were all amazing. I can't even describe the books of Michael Grant because I know m,y words won't do them justice. If you haven't read all of Michael Grant's books, you don't know what you're missing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally amazing, the detail and description alone make this book a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Say hello to logic. It lives with rationality and conspicious reality. Logic would tell you that since l'm here, l knew this book BEFORE you were here. Do you see the role-player by the name of Storm down there in the comments? This book was ours. <p> Talk to your pathetic boyfriend and coordinate a new book. I do not care what you do- just find another book.
MonicaEmme More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time connecting with the characters initially, but it had a slow burn that gave way to intense, fast paced action. I am excited to read the next.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shoot. What is life if you don't constantly smother people with the wonderful things on your mind? xD *she snickers, poking his forehead.* Let's just agree that we are both awesomely amazing people.