Welcome to the second installment of “What I Read”, where I go through the books I’ve read in the month! This month I read two books, one better than the other, but two very different books altogether. I started this last month with “What I Read In March” after a post inspired by Bluchickenninja. This my second go round with this type of post and I hope you enjoy! 😉
- BZRK by Michael Grant
Set 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?
The first book is BZRK by Michael Grant. I came across this book when I received the third book BZRK Apocalypse as a gift at Christmas, and decided to hunt down the first book so I could get around to read it if I was interested enough. While I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, I did enjoy it enough that I actually want to get the second book so I can find out what happens. Isn’t that always the way? BZRK is the first book in the series, followed by BZRK Reloaded and then BZRK Apocalypse. Apparantly there is a prequel too, called BZRK Origins, and I am sure that would be a better read if I were to pick another book in the series to read, as I found that I was flung into the story of BZRK with characters and things going on and no clue as to where they came from and how they came about. I don’t know if this was delibirate on the authors count or that it was accidental and then realised he would have to write an origin story. All in all, I found myself very confused throughout the whole book, being flung from several different character perspectives. It hurt my head to be honest.
- Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
It’s the 1st of June 1914 and Hugh Stanton, ex-soldier and celebrated adventurer is quite literally the loneliest man on earth. No one he has ever known or loved has been born yet. Perhaps now they never will be.
Stanton knows that a great and terrible war is coming. A collective suicidal madness that will destroy European civilization and bring misery to millions in the century to come. He knows this because, for him, that century is already history.Somehow he must change that history. He must prevent the war. A war that will begin with a single bullet. But can a single bullet truly corrupt an entire century?
And, if so, could another single bullet save it?
This book was great! It’s not often I get through a book in less than a week, but this one I did! Saying that, I struggled with the last 100 pages, as the author wrapped up the story. For such a well paced, brilliantly researched story, it was easy to tell that towards the end that he was eager to wrap the story up and get as much as he could in those 100 pages. This is the second book I’ve read in two months that has had time travel in them, except with two different concepts all together. Last month’s First Fifteen Lives of Harry August saw the protagonist trying to save history from being altered, and in this book, it saw the protagonist working to change history completely! What I will say is that there is a super turn in the tale at the end and I wasn’t expecting it at all! I would classify this book as a page-turner right to end and had me guessing and wondering what was going to happen. Would he successfully alter history and if he did what effect would it have on the world!