by Kevin Brooks
Suggested Ages: 14+ (due to mature language, violence & I would suggest more mature 14+)
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Description: Before the attack, sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was just an ordinary boy. But now fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain and it's having an extraordinary effect...Because now Tom has powers - the ability to know and see more than he could ever imagine. And with incredible power comes knowledge - and a choice. Seek revenge on the violent gangs that rule his estate and assaulted his friend Lucy, or keep quiet? Tom has control when everything else is out of control. But it's a dangerous price to pay. And the consequences are terrifying
The Good Stuff
- Unique and unusual idea for a storyline
- Darkly humorous at times, which helps tone down the darkness of the story
- Gram is one cool bad-ass -- my kind of Grandmother
- Fast paced
- Could lead to some fascinating class discussions about moral choices
- Love the relationship between Tom and his Grandma - real honest love and respect
- Tom's a believable and likable protagonist and you can really feel the struggles he deals with
- Very raw, bleak, honest and dark (not a bad thing, just giving you the mood)
- Did I mention how much I loved the Gram
- Emotional wild ride
- There is something missing and I just can't put my finger on it, maybe storyline and characters could be fleshed out more -- but than again I was sick when reading, so could just be me
"Have you got a mobile phone?"
I tapped the side of my head.
"Yeah," I told him. "I've got a mobile phone."
"I couldn't help smiling to myself as I crossed over to the lift with Gram.
"What?" Gram asked me. "What's so funny?"
"Nothing ..." I looked at her, grinning. "It's just .... well, iBoy ... I mean, that's actually pretty good, isn't it?"
Gram shrugged. "It's better than fuckhead."
"Maybe it was the brain surgery," I said, smiling at her. "Maybe it's turned me into a budding genius."
A faint smile flickered on her face,"It'd take more than major brain surgery to turn you into a genius."
I pulled an idiot face.
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Suitable for male and female readers
- I would strongly advise a more mature reader for this one due to violence and mentions of rape (not gratuitous or overly descriptive though)
- Would be good for a reluctant reader
I received this from Scholastic in Exchange for an Honest Review