Brainjack - Brian Falkner


The next world war starts in cyberspace.

It would take a very special person to crack the computer systems of the White House.

An expert. A genius. A devil. All of the above, some would say.

Someone like Sam Wilson, brilliant teenage computer hacker. But Sam’s obsession is about to lead him into a dangerous world. A world of espionage and intrigue; of cybercrime and imminent war.

A world where logging on to your computer could mean the difference between life and death.

My Review:

After reading "The Project" and "The Tomorrow Code" by Brian Falkner, I was eager to read this one. It was a little disappointing though because there were a few unnecessary "stuffs" in it which didn't make it as clean a read as the previous ones. However it was a very satisfying read, and although the ending was slightly mystifying, it was still worthwhile.

Age Stamp:
I love it when a science fiction book is written believably. This one definitely takes the cake for that. There is so much computer technology jargon in it that I was almost bogged, but it definitely served to make this book feel really real. You definitely can understand the lure of wanting to find truths in the world through the eyes of this computer hacker. It also kept you wanting to know what was going on. What was the evil force lurking behind the computers. 
Sam is also an admirable hero, trying to do the best thing for the people around him. He also put himself on the line for the sake of many others.

There was a jesting reference to a character's gender preference, which was unnecessary and detracted from the book. There was also scattered language throughout the book, nothing terrible but nonetheless distracting. When people are getting "brainjacked" the descriptions of their reactions are slightly disturbing, but nothing horrific. There is also a random person in the crowd of a football game who was found to be having an affair.

Publisher info, Other Versions, Series Titles & Curriculum:
This book is published by Random House Books for Young Readers 2010. It's not a part of any known curriculum.

My Ratings:
Violence:[#] [#] [#] [
Fear Factor: @ @ A fair bit of tension.
Romance: <3 one kiss, and a slight romantic sense between two characters.
Language: [!] [!] [ A fair handful, but nothing vulgar or explicit.
Christian: (No)
Mature Themes:X X X There are a few references that were unnecessary.
My Rating: ****


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