SSet 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?
I am a total sucker for books about hacking/hackers, specially with sci-fi elements. I was all good and ready to suspend by sense of belief for the nanobots, since it's not that huge of a stretch now a days. My problem came in (and this was like 20% in) when they started talking about the biots. My suspension of belief did not reach that far.
I'm supposed to buy that these biots which are the size of nanobots are made entirely with pieces of other animal DNAs, but not only are we talking animal splicing, we are talking human splicing, because to create a biot that you can control it requires that human's DNA that is going to be controlling it and that right there is where it went all out the window for me.
I tried ignoring it, not thinking about it too much, just go with the flow and try to not think too much about the specifics of biots, but it was impossible. Every time their connection to the human was mentioned or how they looked I was immediately thrown. It just wasn't happening.
I'd like to say that was my only issue, but I'd be lying. My other issue was the writing style. It made it really hard to get into the story as well. So not only was I fighting the idea of biots the whole time, but also the writing style. It made for a very hard read.
You maybe wondering why I'm still going to give it the recom that I am and it's because even with all my issues the book is well written and very thorough. The plot and characters are quite engaging, they were what kept me reading the whole way through even with my issues with the writing style.
If you don't have a problem suspending your disbelief about the biots then you should give this one a try. If anything it was an entertaining read.