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Saturday, November 12, 2011

iBoy by Kevin Brooks

by Kevin Brooks
Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-545-31768-9
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
The  Not So Good Stuff
  • 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
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Have you got a mobile phone?"
I tapped the side of my head.
He grinned.
"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.
She laughed.

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
4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in Exchange for an Honest Review

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