BRAIN JACK by Brian Falkner

BRAIN JACK

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

A cyber-thriller that reads like a video game. Sam Wilson isn't out of high school yet, but he's on his way to becoming the most wanted hacker in the world--first for crashing the international computer grid (well, he didn't mean to), then for subverting the White House security system (OK, that was on purpose). But when he escapes from federal custody, he learns that his country needs him: Terrorists prowl the Internet, and Sam's skillz may be the last defense from a neuro-virus wiping out humanity. The adrenaline-pumped action relentlessly levels up from caper novel to virtual combat to elaborate chases to military apocalypse, culminating in the traditional god-mode confrontation with the Final Boss. Plausible tech and a series of deftly detailed settings make up for pixel-thin characterizations, although thoughtful readers may be frustrated at the ethical dilemmas and sociological issues that are raised only to vanish like vaporware. But most will blast through to the epilogue, simultaneously satisfying and deeply unsettling, and eye their keyboards with more respect and a little nervousness. Geektastic. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-84366-2
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Random House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2010




TEENS WHO HACK, SURF, AND CHAT:

Children HOMEBOYZ by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Children ICECORE by Matt Whyman
by Matt Whyman
Children LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow
by Cory Doctorow
Children STREAMS OF BABEL by Carol Plum-Ucci
by Carol Plum-Ucci

MORE BY BRIAN FALKNER

ChildrenTASK FORCE by Brian Falkner
by Brian Falkner
ChildrenTHE ASSAULT by Brian Falkner
by Brian Falkner
ChildrenTHE PROJECT by Brian Falkner
by Brian Falkner

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenNO SAFETY IN NUMBERS by Dayna Lorentz
by Dayna Lorentz
ChildrenDOOMED by Tracy Deebs
by Tracy Deebs
Sci-FiENERGIZED by Edward M. Lerner
by Edward M. Lerner