I often find myself reading books that are quite similar to one another. I go through stages where I might read a lot of dystopian fiction or horror and they can end up blurring into each other. But every now and again I read something that is completely different from everything I’ve read before. It’s those books that stick in my mind and I remember years later. I still remember being completely unsettled by The Speed of the Dark by Alex Shearer, which I read probably 10 years ago. When Michael Grant made the claim on Twitter that BZRK is ‘unlike anything you’ve read before’ I believed him because he never fails to deliver an original story.
First of all, I’m not going to tell you much about the story as I think part of the experience of BZRK is figuring out what the hell is going on. The story follows Sadie and Noah as they are recruited by a global organization called BZRK. They are at war with another organization called the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation or AFGC. Each side believes that they are right and that they are saving humanity. The war is being fought where no-one can see – inside the human body.
BZRK is disturbing, creepy, action-packed and totally addictive. Like the biots in the story, BZRK will get inside your head and you’ll constantly want to get back to reading it (that is if you don’t read it all in one go). No-one writes quite like Michael Grant. He’s given us a glance inside his dark and disturbing mind with the Gone series (which is one of my favourite series) but BZRK takes it to another level. Trust me, you will never look at the human body quite the same again after reading this book. BZRK has the right mix of action, violence, creepiness, and fast-paced writing that makes it a great guys read. You should hand this book to any teenage male who is a reluctant reader and I guarantee it will hook them in and make them want to pick up anything by Michael Grant. I will eagerly await the second book in this new series, but in the mean time, I’ll be reading the 5th book in the Gone series, Fear which is due out in April.
5 out of 5 stars