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Brian Falkner – Action from Go to Whoa!

Task ForceJust read the latest from Brian Falkner last night – Recon Team Angel Task Force. What a read! There’s no let-up from beginning to end. It is 2031, and the Angel Team are off on another mission behind enemy lines to try to save the world from the Bzadians. Their job? To prepare the way for a multinational task force to invade the alien homeland in the heart of Australia, now called New Bzadia. Things do not exactly go as planned, but the mission certainly leads to an exciting and unexpected ending. 

Well worth a read for those who like their reading full-on! If you’ve not caught up with this series already, look out the first book, Recon Team Angel Assault. And it seems there is a third to follow – Recon Team Angel Ice War – according to the following book trailer:

Mr F

Feed me, ’til I want no more.

My Brain
By Matthew Purday

Feed by M.T. Anderson was first written in 2001 and  I have just finished reading the 2012 paperback edition. It is a book set in a dystopian world of decay and consumerism where people “get their news, entertainment, and shopping tips from electronic transmitters implanted into their brains.”
This idea reminded me a little of Brainjack (published in 2009) by Brian Falkner with his neuro-headsets replacing computer keyboards. The atmosphere of the book also had the feel of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Both these books are dystopian novels set in a society where individuals are rebelling against a government, which has imposed a repressive way of life on its citizens reinforced through constant propaganda. Feed, however, has no sinister “Big Brother”dictating behaviour, instead there is FeedTech and Weatherbee & Crotch with its sales, and lakes that light up with ” a picture of a smiling brain and broadcasted “Dynacom Inc” when you looked at it”.

In Feed Violet and Titus meet on the moon looking for fun. Titus has always had “the feed” in his brain, but Violet didn’t get hers installed until she was a little girl and this causes problems, both physiological and mental, as she tries to be a normal teen.
M.T. Anderson explains that the inspiration for his book came from being a teen driven crazy by “ads, TV shows, and movies nudging [him] with images of the high life, playing on [his] desire to belong”.
“If you just get this, and buy this, and order that, you’ll be cool, and you’ll be loved. See how much fun these kids are having? If you want to be wanted, then you need to want what other people want. And other people – what they want is this. Buy it. Buy it now”. Does this sound futuristic? How about Guardian Goggles delivering journalism to you straight between the eyes?

Guardian Goggles: because life’s too short to think for yourself!

At least you can take Goggles off, unlike a chip in the brain! By the way, just in case you didn’t notice the story about the Goggles was published on April Fools Day.

Mrs H.

Recon Team Angel: Assault – Brian Falkner’s latest

With this novel Brian Falkner joins the ranks of Robert Muchamore, John Marsden and Anthony Horowitz, and it promises to be the first of a series of full-on action/war thrillers for young adults.

Set in 2030, the world has been taken over by alien invaders, the Bzadians, who have gradually infiltrated to Earth from their dying planet since the 1940s, landing first in Australia, then gradually taking over the large land masses of Asia, Africa and Europe. All that stops their full world occupation is the determined resistance from the forces of North and South America, and New Zealand – in particular, Recon Team Angel, a multi-national group of highly trained and well-equipped teenage soldiers.

The action begins from the first page, and doesn’t stop. This is a real page-turner, and the sequels are bound to be just as action-packed as this first volume. Brian Falkner has created a mix of credible teenage characters, fast-moving plot, and high-tech war gadgetry which is sure to appeal.

Watch for the sequel (s)!

Mr F