A review by Domoni.
Bernard is a 14-year-old boy who loves science. Both of his parents are scientists, so he comes by it naturally. Bernard takes after his mother, who is more creative than his father who is more rigid and literal. After his mother dies in an accident in her lab, life is strained for Bernard and his father. Add in being an outcast at school with impulse control issues and things are rocky all around for Bernard. When he comes up with the idea to do a report on wormholes for his science class, he thinks it will be a good opportunity to bond with his father, who works at a particle accelerator. His father isn’t very encouraging and when he tells his teacher his plan, she and the whole class ridicule Bernard. His reaction is to moon the entire class. This choice has him in the principal’s office with his father.
When he ends up suspended, his father has to take him to work with him as he is late for an important meeting. Swearing to be on his best behavior, Bernard is determined to stay in his father’s office, but when he accidentally overhears his father’s conference call and knows his father is close to losing his job, Bernard blames himself. He flees through the office with a swipe card he found in his father’s desk, determined to get out of the office. Instead he ends up deeper underground and in the tube of the particle accelerator as it is turned on. Unable to stop his curiosity, he decides to see if he can witness a wormhole.
Bernard’s father chases him into the accelerator and finds him just as his body falls to the floor. Bernard’s mind is floating away from his body and is about to be caught up in some sort of tornado. Next thing he knows, Bernard wakes to find a strange boy over him. He is traveling in some sort of living submarine to a place called Intuit. The strange boy, Basilides, tells Bernard he is a Holon from Intuit out searching for the nearly extinct Energeia which fuels all of life and creation in the brainiverse. Bernard travels with Basilides and soon discovers he is actually inside of his father’s brain, and his father’s brain is dying. Now he must travel with the Intuit Holons, Basilides and Adhista, to the other side of the Brainiverse to free the Energeia from those trapping it in Reezon so that both sides can live.
This was an interesting book. Despite the characters being about 14 years old, this would be a great book for science-minded kids from the ages of 8-15. It has a fascinating story and view on how the brain works and the authors did an excellent job of capturing the mindset of an impulsive 14 year old boy who is curious about everything around him.
The authors did an awesome job creating the strange world of the brain and bringing their creation to life. From the living creations of Intuit to the ordered construction of Reezon, it was easy to imagine and bring to the mind’s eye. The story had a great concept and though there was a minute flirtation, there was no romantic aspect to the storyline.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Brainwalker by Robyn Mundell & Stephan Lacast
Fourteen year-old Bernard is full of out of the box ideas—ideas that nobody appreciates. Not his ultra-rational father, not his classmates, and definitely not his teacher, who’s fed up waiting for Bernard’s overdue science project. You’d think with a hotshot quantum physicist for a dad, the assignment would be easy as ͞pi͟, but with his relationship with his father on rocky ground, Bernard is under more pressure than a helium atom.
And Bernard’s impulse control flies out the window when he’s stressed. So instead of turning in his project, he moons the class and gets suspended. Now his dad’s got no choice but to bring him to his work. At the Atom Smasher. It’s the chance of a lifetime for Bernard, who knows smashing atoms at the speed of light can—theoretically—make wormholes. How about that for the most mind-bending science project ever? But when he sneaks into the particle accelerator and someone hits the power button, Bernard ends up in the last place he’d ever want to be.
Inside his father’s brain.
And it’s nothing like the spongy grey mass Bernard studied at school. It’s a galaxy, infinite and alive. Like, people live there. A mysterious civilization on the brink of extinction, as unaware of their host as he is of them. But there’s zero time to process this. Bernard’s about to be caught up in an epic war between the two sides of his dad’s brain over their most precious resource:
With his father’s life at stake, Bernard must go up against the tyrannical left side of his father’s brain to save the dying, creative right side. But how the heck is he supposed to do that when he’s just a hopelessly right-brained kid himself?
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