Book: Brain Jack
Update: I received this letter from the author of Brainjack:
Thanks for featuring me on your Daily Mayo blog, and sorry that you got bored in Brainjack.
As they say, all publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right…
So I wonder if you would mind spelling my name right. 🙂
It’s Falkner not Faulkner.
Sorry Brian! I have made the necessary changes. And BTW, I wouldn’t say I was bored reading the story, just surprised at the ending.
Author: Brian Falkner
Year Published: 2011
Overall Rating: 3 stars
Target Audience: Teen boys
Romance/Sex: Pretty much none at all.
Setting: All over the world, but mostly in Las Vegas and Silicone Valley
Characters: Sam Wilson, Vienna his love interest, and some other hacker types
Plot: In the near future, Las Vegas is attacked by a nuclear bomb, wiping out the city. Elsewhere in the world, nano technology allow computer users to operate their computers without keyboards and mice. Teen hacker Sam Wilson spends his time trying to break into secure government systems. When he goes too far and hacks into the White House, he is recruited to become part of the Cyber Defense Division of Homeland Security. Once there, he discovers that there is more to nano technology than people at first thought, and it may pose a danger to the entire world.
Thoughts: I liked the start of the book. I always like a good hacker story. While this one made it a little too exciting and interesting, Falkner used enough appropriate technology to make it seem somewhat plausible, even if he made it sound like real warfare, other than just typing code fragments. However, as the book came to a close, it started going off the deep end. Somehow, the nano technology became semi-sentient, and started to take over the world. I thought that was lame. The ending kind of let me down too. But on the whole, it was fairly interesting.