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Jun 06, Rob Hayes rated it liked it. Jacked by Kirk Dougal is a YA sci-fi thriller with a very interesting concept. The idea is that almost all electronics or tech has shut down after the Crash. At the same time, the majority of the population either died or went brain dead. A bunch of religious zealots Black Shirts are now in charge and they have pretty much criminalised the use or fixing of any technology. Then along come the Fixers. Individuals who can bring electronics back to life with nothing but a touch. Tar is one of these Fixers and the story is about his struggle against the Black Shirts.

The concept is what is really interesting here. Not the dystopian future or the lack of tech, but the idea that these religious fanatics have taken over and are running something a lot like a dictatorship. The Fixers themselves are the other real interest and without any spoilers I liked the way Dougal explains their mysterious powers. It was clear a lot of work has gone into the world building and the characters use of internet-age related slang was a good way to show it.

The characters say instead of lost and fragged instead of the more popular f-word. It was quite fun even if I couldn't quite figure out what book meant as it seemed to have multiple different meanings. The characters were interesting and none more so than the baddies.

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In fact I'd have liked a bit more of an exploration into their lives. Our main character of Tar felt a little like every other YA hero. He was strong willed but not very strong, had a mysterious ability that puts him front and center, and he just wants to help everyone. He was a bit bland to be honest, but not enough to be a distraction. The biggest problem the book faced was its pacing. It feels like nothing is happening for a lot of it as the characters are chased, captured, escape, chased, captured, escape. Until then the story happens to him rather than him happening to the story.

There were a few times I was growling at Tar to take control of his life even for just a moment. The world feels a little small because everything that is happening is happening in such a small area of it. This Crash was a worldwide event but all the major players appear to be in one city. It seems a little odd. I like to find out what was going on in other areas of the world and how the Crash was affecting them. In the end, Jacked was a fun take on the YA dystopian thriller. Fans of Hunger Games and Divergent will probably love it, but it wasn't really my cup of tea.

I was torn on how many stars to give this title. In the end, I gave the benefit of the doubt to the writer and for other reasons following, I rated Jacked a 3. I liked the world building. I think the language fit the story very well with the world that was created. Other dystopias have random words thrown in for slang.

Secondly, I liked the idea of a world wide mind. The premise of fixers and being able to go around problems caused by the dead air piqued my interest. My biggest issue was the villain.


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He was underdeveloped and I almost felt like he was a caricature of all evil villains. It was a shallow way to approach his mindset. I felt the villain needed to be more human in order for me to be afraid of him. Instead, he was so resoundingly evil, that I knew he would be defeated no matter what. That one fact took away any driving force for wanting to finish the story. Also, I feel YA is an incorrect age-grouping for this title. It read as an older middle grade.


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My kids would enjoy the story older middle-grade readers and not have the criticisms I would. They would overlook issues I had with the novel and most likely enjoy the story for a quick read. Because of that face, I gave Jacked 4-stars. YA would have much more romance. Older MG has hint of a love interest, which is what I felt this story had. I appreciate the publisher giving me a chance to read and review this book. May 31, Becca Butcher rated it it was amazing. I'm not sure I can write this without any spoilers but I'll try.

Jacked: A Novel of the Apocalypse

Okay, how to describe Jacked…awesome, well written, fast paced, edge of your seat, unrelenting… Should I keep going? First, the technical stuff. Jacked is about a teenage boy with a talent for fixing technology in a world that has lost technical capabilities. He faces a lot of fears and dangers and grows up in a hurry.

This is so hard without any spoilers! I want to tell you everything! Let me say that I read it through a second time and noticed some interesting correlations to Rowling's Potter series. I missed them the first time because I was too engrossed in the story. Dougal delivers with Jacked.

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I read it in one sitting. I just couldn't stop. It's like a roller coaster you want to ride over and over so it doesn't end. It's fast paced and keeps you racing through each page. Even when you think you know what is going to happen next, you have to devour every single word. It has gangs, fights, seriously evil bad guys, chases, escapes, even some angsty teenage romance.

There are surprises and they are delightful. And the ending is very exciting. I'm trying not to give too much away. It's a very good book. You need to read it. What are you waiting for?! Jul 05, Tric rated it really liked it Shelves: The main character, Taro, is special among the wreck of humans still lving, he is a fixer.

Fixers have the ability to fix technology, which was fried during ''The Crash''. During The Crash, millions died who were linked-in to The Mind, best described as an instant connection to the internet through a brain implant. Since then, technology has been outlawed by religious zealots called Black Shirts. Taro has to hi 'Jacked' , by Kirk Dougal is a fast-paced read, set in a disturbing dystopian future. Taro has to hide his secret so the Black Shirts don't hunt him down. Dourgal has even created his own slang for his dystopian world, which I must admit did become irritating on occasion..

This is a novel about a society which has paid the ultimate price for its reliance on technology but with fixers, there is hope for the future. I thoroughly enjoyed entering this world. Jun 09, Melissa J.


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Katano rated it really liked it Shelves: Like many YA novels of recent history, Jacked is set in a dystopian future where teens are the hope for their future. After The Crash, in which most of the people integral for keeping civilization moving smoothly teachers, law enforcement, fire, military and government employees , as well as the best and brightest minds are either killed outright, or turned into "zoms," most technology beyond what was available in the 70's has been outlawed. Tar Hutchins is a young teenage boy with an extraordin Like many YA novels of recent history, Jacked is set in a dystopian future where teens are the hope for their future.

Tar Hutchins is a young teenage boy with an extraordinary gift--he can fix any technology, so long as the device isn't physically damaged, and can still access a power source. His kind are hunted down by the Black Shirts and "purified. I enjoyed this novel. It was a bit of a departure from the usual Dystopian YA that I've been reading.

I hope that the story will continue! Jun 03, Toni Boughton rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very well written with some interesting ideas - so refreshing to find in a YA novel. The technology was believable, the plot was intriguing, and the characters were well developed. I especially like the language; it effectively conveyed the near-future time but used words that the reader could apply to their current understanding.

The only complaint I would have is that the ending was a bit rough. It did stretch credulity that the mas Great read! It did stretch credulity that the masses would turn on their leader so easily, but overall I rather enjoyed this novel. May 19, Donald Armfield rated it really liked it Shelves: An entire government against his skill of repairing old tech equipment with just a single touch. Tar the gifted teenager battles his way in a future where tech equipment becomes scarce and causes the world to crash after relying on it's power on everyday use.

This book has page gripping chase scenes, a science fiction sting of a worlds end and a government keeping further use of technology from ever expanding again. Dougal has created a powerful teenage character that had discovered his gift has An entire government against his skill of repairing old tech equipment with just a single touch. Dougal has created a powerful teenage character that had discovered his gift has more to it than just a single touch of repair over tech equipment. The next installment will be even more than "Jacked" with Sci-Fi goodness. May 31, Clay Sanger rated it liked it.

That being said, while "Jacked" might not have been the best fit for my personal tastes, I think it would be a great addition to my teenagers' bookshelf, so I'll be ordering them a copy. Without reservation, I think they'll dig it. Nov 03, Shawn rated it really liked it Shelves: Really enjoyed this one. I found myself imagining it as a film, whether it was due to the trend of every YA book being made into a movie or because I just connected with it easily I can't say, but I can say it would make a great one amidst all the sameness of YA book-movies out there.

But other than that, great story, and a Really enjoyed this one. But other than that, great story, and a nice set-up for future installments. Jun 16, Polly Krize rated it really liked it. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Post-Apocalyptic fiction at its best. Has enough twists in it to make it original and intriguing to any reader, not only YA.

Tar's ability to "fix" electronic equipment with only a touch is only the tip of the iceberg! Fast-paced, bet you will read it in one sitting! Jenn rated it liked it Jul 21, Ringo rated it liked it Jul 04, Kirstie Schroeder rated it really liked it Jan 28, Steve rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Meredith marked it as to-read May 19, Johnny marked it as to-read May 19, Burns marked it as to-read May 20, Jaime marked it as to-read May 21, Saruuh Kelsey marked it as to-read May 21, Sarah LeBlanc marked it as to-read May 23, Montgomery Thompson rated it really liked it Apr 26, Tristan O'Malley rated it liked it May 22, Chris Baker rated it liked it Dec 31, Bill rated it really liked it Feb 20, Jessica Hawley Malina rated it really liked it Sep 19, Jessica Mansfield rated it liked it Dec 05, Thomas Shearer rated it liked it Jul 29, Robin rated it really liked it Dec 06, Martin rated it really liked it Aug 11, Darcy Leerhoff marked it as to-read Apr 22, Jenna Walker added it Nov 20, Tracy marked it as to-read May 23, Bill Sullivan marked it as to-read May 25, Mark marked it as to-read Jun 01, Kari marked it as to-read Jun 05, Marketa marked it as to-read Jun 05, Rachel marked it as to-read Sep 20, Jayne Capps marked it as to-read Feb 01, Kajola marked it as to-read Jan 20, Jerry marked it as to-read Feb 28, Bliss marked it as to-read Aug 29, Robin marked it as to-read Sep 16, Adrian marked it as to-read Jan 15, AJ Wilkins marked it as to-read Mar 14, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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