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Blackmans done it again
on 6 July 2002
After reading other books by Malorie Blackman, I had high expectations for this book. The others I had read were excellent, but this topped them all off. The story begins with introducing the narrator, who is one of the characters in the story. The story then continues by describing characters, and the background to the story. Blackman's clever writing techniques allow the reader to feel like they know the characters and their background, in just a few chapters, without boring them. Not to give too much away, the story is about an artificial intelligence machine that is sabotaged, with terrible consequences....
The title of the book indicates that the story is all about technical stuff, computers etc - and really, it is. But don't be put off by that. Underneath all the technology is a masterpiece of a storyline. A technique that Blackman is renowned for is that of putting twists into the storyline - and this book is no exception. She cleverly makes you think that the culprit is one character, and then another - and then in the end it turns out to be someone who you would have never expected the culprit to be. The twists in the story aren't just limited to the characters, but they continue onto the storyline as well, keeping the reader glued to the pages, wanting to know what happens next. If you are looking for a bit of light reading - a book that you can pick up every now and again, then don't choose this. It's an action packed, nail-biting, cyber-thriller that is a good read for all the family. I would recommend it to anyone.