- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Electric Monkey; UK ed. edition (29 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405263121
- ISBN-13: 978-1405263122
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
BZRK: RELOADED Paperback – 29 Aug 2013
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'exciting, high-tension story told in a driving, torrential narrative... This is great fiction. I love these books.' (Stephen King, bestselling author.) --Stephen King --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michael Grant Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states of the USA, 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 fondest dream is to spend a whole year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Applegate, their two children, and far too many pets. In addition to his best-selling Gone series, described by Stephen King as “high-tension stories told in a driving, torrential narrative”, Michael has also written books such as the BZRK, Magnificent 12 and Animorphs series as well as the standalone book for young adults Eve and Adam.
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BZRK is left shaken after their last battle against Bug Man and the Armstrong Twins. Vincent is crazy and Ophelia is even worse. How will BZRK face up against Bug Man without their best twitcher and leader, Vincent? And how can Plath face that she didn't kill the evil Armstrong twins while she had the chance?
I was wary when I picked this up. I felt that the original BZRK was a really tough read. It's very sciencey and techy and I'm not. So just like in the first instalment, I just switched off when there was description about how things were working and about the body down in the meat. Because of this, I found it really difficult to picture a lot of things that were going on. I also found it difficult to follow in places. But this would be a proper geek's dream, but that's just not me. I imagine these books are phenomenal if you can follow Grant's tech speak, which I couldn't.
I found BZRK Reloaded even harder to follow because at first I couldn't remember who anyone was. I was reading and wondering who was good and who was bad and who was new and who was from the original BZRK. I hardly remembered anything. The confusing names that I couldn't pronounce made it even harder for me to recall who was who. And when new characters were introduced I got even more confused. I thought I'd get over this in a couple of chapters but no. I struggled the entire way through.
I also didn't care for the characters, but I think that's because I couldn't remember who they were. The very main ones I worked out and understood but I can't say I really cared for them. There was nothing pulling me to them, nothing making me want to read about them. I think this is why I found BZRK Reloaded so hard to pick up. There was nothing driving me to read it. But the weirdest thing is that while I was reading it I was enjoying it.
This, I believe, is down to Grant's style. I loved Grant's other novels. I've read the entire GONE series and Eve and Adam and I couldn't fault them, they were amazing. Because I've read so much Grant, his writing style has become so comfortable. The sentences within themselves, even if they're techy and sciencey, are so easy to read. I might not understand what's being said but I can read over it no problem. Grant's sentences flow so perfectly. It's so ridiculous, but I love how he constructs a sentence.
However, I did constantly compare BZRK Reloaded to the GONE series and Eve and Adam and it just wasn't on that level. I don't think that's Grant's fault though. I don't think I'm the target reader for BZRK where I am for his other books I've read.
What annoyed me the most was the ending. It seemed to be over awfully quickly and I hadn't felt any distress or concern or anything. I got to the end and was like oh, what was the point? Everything had been saved for book 3 which I feel like I have to read now even though I don't want to.
Plot - 5/10 - It was too similar to the first one
Way Plot Was Pursued - 5/10 - I found it hard to follow
Characters - 6/10 - they were fine and made sense but I felt nothing for them
Style - 10/10 - I can't fault Grant's writing style
Pace - 8/10 - the pace was fine apart from the end
Would I recommend it? Yes, but only to a very techy sciencey 11-17 year-olds.
Would I look up the author? Yes, of course, I still love Michael Grant's work, I'm sure there are others of his works I'll like better.
BZRK Reloaded was pretty much what I expected all round.
I deeply recommend you buy this book as it is one of the best books i have read,
Read BZRK First though.
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