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Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Brain Jack

by Brian Falkner

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An AI is born and has the ability to change peoples memories, etc due to a new tech. And it is up to our plucky young hero to save the day

Basically, the author is a complete computer geek and goes into indepth detail [shallow, pointless detail I might add] about how the protagonist does his hacking. TCP this, firewall that, blah blah blah. I like computers and have a passing familiarity with networks, etc, but this was just over the top.

The thing that didn't make sense to me, however, was why wasn't the A.I. more like skynet? Saying that it was in its 'infancy' and hadn't 'learned', that just doesn't scan. It had all the world's knowledge at its digital fingertips and it couldn't figure out how to live in harmony with humans or realize it couldn't and hence pull a Judgement Day?

I explain it simply by saying it is YA and the author didn't want to get too complex. But I think that young people would see that same problem I do. At least, I hope so. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Interesting book, with some wild theories that are so far out there that they might be right. On one level it's about one of the characters gaining the ultimate powers, but that angle isn't explore. Which begs the question, does power corrupt you, or just magnify what you already are?
  Andrewfm | Jan 25, 2014 |
A great book until the third act...I'm sorry if I'm ruining anything for you, but could someone PLEASE make everyone who writes about hackers STOP turning them in to Jesus at the end of the book? It was original in 1999, but it's really REALLY old, now. There are some problems with the single female character, as well. Even with these problem, though, the pacing is good. A great beach read, but not much more than that. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
Too much techno talk in the first chapters and not enough story to keep me going, but I am sure it will have an audience for the fans of dystopia fiction ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
On Friday, on his way to school, Sam Wilson brought the United States of America to its knees.
Is that a killer way to start a story or what? Set in the near future, where Las Vegas is a smoking nuclear wasteland thanks to terrorists, and online gaming has become so addictive that people actually die from it, technology is everything. 17-year-old Sam starts out just trying to get some extremely expensive laptops and neuro-headsets from a massive US corporation that can't possible miss the money... and those headsets are amazing. They allow your thoughts to control your computer, and your experiences online to be beamed directly into your brain. After Sam succeeds and then hacks into the White House servers looking for a group of master hackers, the guys in black suits and mirror shades show up at the apartment where he and his mother live, and they take Sam away... While supposedly in a youth prison, he actually joins a government group of highly paid, genius level hackers who now battle real online enemies to protect the people of the United States. The computer scenes are tense and fast paced, with out-of-control airliners and nuclear reactors! Technology controls so much of our lives and environment, and Falkner digs right into the weaknesses of that dependence. Excellent sci-fi for 8th grade and up. ( )
  KarenBall | Oct 22, 2012 |
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A thrilling action novel set in the not-to-distant future in which a brilliant young computer hacker fights to prevent the human race from being erased.

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 wolrd. A world of espionage and intregue; of cybercrime and imminent war. A world where logging on to your computer could mean the difference between life and death.
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In a near-future New York City, fourteen-year-old computer genius Sam Wilson manages to hack into the AT&T network and sets off a chain of events that have a profound effect on human activity throughout the world.

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