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03 December 2010


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Ashley Perez

How does this title compare to Cory Doctorow's Little Brother? That's what I kept thinking of as I was reading the review.



There are similarities, but this one doesn't have any of the didactic political stuff in it -- or at least, nothing that struck me as such -- it's just pure action-y fun.


I don't think this one's being sent - but I can't wait to read it.


How does it compare to M.T. Anderson's Feed?

This sounds like something I will totally read.


Apples and oranges: I think of Feed (which I haven't read in a long time) as more "literary" -- more time for reflection, the climax was internal rather than external, and it dealt more with the interplay between the characters and the growth of the main character -- while Brain Jack was more pure action, with external issues/problems, and without much focus on character development. Both well-written and totally enjoyable, but in different ways, because they're different animals.


Thank you so much for this review!! I got Brain Jack for my preteen son, a budding nerd who, while an avid reader, is extremely picky about novels. He absolutely loved it and declared it to be the best book he had ever read, even better than his previous favourite Epic by Conor Kostick.

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