Thursday, September 29, 2011

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Brian Falkner’s newest creation brings the reader inside the inner workings of a teenage technological mastermind. Brain Jack is a fast paced thriller that keeps the reader enticed throughout. This book, however, could leave the reader confused with the technical terms and tech savvy jargon. This mysterious sci fi thriller explores a world with vastly advanced technology. In our present world that is constantly fixed upon the newest and fastest technology, Brain Jack amps up our fixation and explores the possibility of taking technology “too far”. Falkner brings the level of technology to a whole new medium. He brings the reader into a world where not only computers can be hacked into... so can the mind. New mind video games dominate society and produce over obsessive game addicts. These new video games surpass the present day creations like the Wii or Xbox that require controllers and screens. In this alternate world, the brain functions as both the controller and the screen. “Your very own neuro connection will allow you to put away your keyboard mouse” and “even your computer screen” and let you operate solely using your own brain. The brain is described as acting like a piece of technology, which leads the reacher to ponder the possibility of a “brain hack”. Brain Jack resembles the very popular mind warping Inception, yet leaves the reader similarly confused. Far from being a “must read”, Brain Jack is enticing as it dramatizes the growing technological aspects of society.

~Megan, Teen Book Reviewer

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