Brainwalker by Robyn Mundell and Stephan Lacast (English review)



„Brainwalker“ is a YA science fiction novel about Bernard, who has a vivid imagination and a very curious nature, especially about science.

However, since his mother died in an explosion, Bernard and his father have communication problems.

The Cover: Wow, it looks simply amazing with the two cities, the boy standing in the middle and everywhere the axioms around him.

The drawings: Unfortunately the most drawings in the book are rather quickly made and they appear unpractised which is sad because I loved the cover so much.

The Plot: It is about the fourteen year old Bernard, who has issues at school and home because nobody really seems to understand him. Bernard is stressed out because he has to pick a science project soon. The science project wouldn’t be such a dilemma for him since he loves science.

However Ms. Needleman is not really understanding when it comes to Bernard’s curious nature.

And the only point Bernard and his father have in common is their dog, Milo, who Bernard’s mother rescued from the pound.

When his mother was around, their kitchen was a laboratory and his dad and he spent much time together. Especially star-looking was Bernard’s favourite hobby with his dad. But since his mother died, his father has no time and is afraid that Bernard’s attitude towards science could lead him to the same destiny like his mother.

Bernard’s first idea are mushrooms and their hidden messages. Yet when Ms Needleman explains about the brain and its structure, Bernard gets an even more fabulous plan: He wants to study wormholes and how these could transport you from one place to another.

He often asks intriguing questions like „How does the brain make new thoughts?“, „But is it the thoughts that make the neurons move? Or the neurons moving that make the thoughts?“ etc. and he has interesting thoughts: „It’s about the possibility that wormholes could… give us access to other dimensions.“

But nobody gets his idea and when the class is bullying him (in particular, Linus, the eager beaver of the class) for his ideas, Bernard jumps on a chair and pulls down his pants and ask what of his butt cheek is the logical side of Linus‘ brain. The result is that Bernard has to see the director and his father is informed. And his father is furious.

The good is that Bernard can inspect the particle accelerator of his father in action. The bad side is that Bernard is suspended for a week and his father runs into trouble since he is too late for his presentation.

Therefore Bernard feels awful and he rushes out of the office. And since Bernard probably won’t have any chance, he wants to explore the particle accelerator so he can prove his wormhole theory.

Although what occurred next, Bernard couldn’t have guessed…

Will Floyd and Bernard have the possibility to reconcile their relationship?
What’s will come to pass, when Bernard starts the particle accelerator?
Is Bernard’s theory correct?

Critical Points:
- Not everybody has time enough for a bath in the morning.

- About his mum: „Maybe her final experiment was actually a big success, and she turned herself into a nice cup of chocolate someon, somewhere, is sipping.“ That’s kind of weird to say, even for Bernard.

- If you remove something from the brain to make a flag out of it, that can't be good…

- Some drawings are not developed enough.

All in all, a very unusual and entertaining novel with many opportunities to learn something about science, especially the brain.


Kind regards,
Butterfly Mentions

I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily review this book. This is my honest review.

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