Guardian by Alex LondonGuardian by Alex London


byAlex London

Paperback | May 5, 2015

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The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Maze Runner and Divergent.

Once a proxy, now the figurehead of the Revolution, Syd is a savior to some and a target for others. His bodyguard Liam must protect Syd with his life but armed Machinists aren’t the only danger in the post-Jubilee world. A horrible disease is infecting people and since Guardians are hit first the government does nothing to help. Syd decides it's up to him to find a cure. . . And what he discovers leaves him stunned.

This heart-stopping thriller is packed with volatile action and breathtaking heroics that will have readers racing to its epic conclusion.

“Off-the-charts amazing.” —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy
“Nonstop action and breakneck pace characterize this exceptional thriller…thought-provoking and breathtaking.” —VOYA
Alex London writes books for adults, children and teens. At one time a journalist who traveled the world reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he now is a full time novelist living in Brooklyn. You can visit him at or follow him on Twitter @ca_london.
Title:GuardianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.23 × 5.43 × 0.93 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0147509815

ISBN - 13:9780147509819


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Good It was really hard to get through this book which is a shame considering i liked the first book.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I REALLY wanted to love this! I read Guardian immediately after reading Proxy, so my expectations were pretty high. This sequel just fell flat for me. I think I may have enjoyed it much more if the story had been fleshed out a bit more or if there were about 50 more pages of story. I would still recommend giving Guardian a read. Most definitely if you have started the duology you should finish it, as the book is not awful and is a fairly good conclusion to the story. Just don't expect it to be as impactful as the first novel. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Went Way Beyong my Expectations After finishing Proxy, I was thrilled to have the oppurtunity to go to my local store and purchase a copy of Guardian. As soon as I started the book, I could not put it down. I really enjoyed it, although I wasn't really satisified with the ending. In this book, you get to see the result of a revolution, which I thought was interesting because in most dystopic novels, after the revolution there is only happiness and joy and everyone lives happily ever after. However, that was not the case in Guardian as you see that the world still have numerous problems; the violence, the disease and the treatement of the upper class etc. (Trying not to give anything away here) I feel that this book ties in with the theme that was first introduced in Proxy, that there is a debt for everything you do. Although Syd became the "hero", the debt to his actions is the world drowned in disease. What I loved the most about this book is the blooming romance between Liam and Syd, and how it is portrayed just like any other romance. Overall, the book is extremely cute, I highly recommand it to those who likes books out of the norm.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from absolutely fell in love with this book im so happy i bought this book. it's an easy read and a page turner. i couldn't put it down!! and i absolutely love the characters and how complex they are!!!
Date published: 2016-01-23

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1At night, they disposed of the bodies. There was no ceremony, no ritual, no remembrance.“They’re human,” some argued.“They were human,” said others. “Now they’re meat.”“We have to study the infection,” said the doctor.“We have to contain it,” said the counselor and gave her orders. “Burn the bodies.”A work detail was tasked with the burning. One by one, in the dead of night, green uniforms with white masks hauled corpses to the pile. The corpses were webbed with black veins, their entire network of blood vessels visible through the pale skin. Dried blood obscured their faces and each had a single hole in the temple by the eyes, where the killing bolt went in. They were put down like livestock, burned like sacrifices.As the bodies crackled, the doctor watched the flames, her face half in shadow, half dancing in firelight. “I believe there is a cure for this,” she said.The counselor, standing beside her, nodded, but did not turn to look her way. “Your cure is worse than the disease.”“You believe that?”“It’s the truth. Your way is treason.”“You’re in denial,” the doctor said. “This is going to get worse if we don’t stop it.”“It’s a new world, Doctor,” the counselor replied. “We can’t turn back the clock.”“Even to save people’s lives?”“These”—the counselor gestured at the bodies—“are not people.”“If it spreads?”“Is it spreading?”The doctor watched the young members of the work detail tossing the bodies on the pyre. They moved with the assurance of youth, the kind of attitude that allowed them to stare infection and death in the face and believe it would never touch them. “I don’t know.”“It is your job to know.”“I can hardly understand it. The blood turns against the body. Itching, burning. Then, expulsion. Half of them bleed out.”“And the other half?”The doctor clenched her jaw. “They haven’t bled out yet.”“They are in pain?”“They can’t communicate, but we have to restrain them to keep them from scratching their skin off with their fingernails.” The doctor sighed. “So, yes, they are in pain.”“Put them out of their misery,” the counselor ordered.“But, we can still learn—”“Those are the orders.” The counselor walked away, two green uniforms trailing her into the jungle. The doctor took off her white smock, pulled the blue gloves from her hands with a loud synthetic snap, and stood before the flames. She watched her latest failed experiments turn to smoke and ash in the bonfire, every bit of blood boiled away, with all the information it might have contained.She had ideas, dangerous to share; but if she didn’t find a way, she feared, this sickness would go further than any of them could imagine. She would record a message in case she failed. She hoped that someone would still be alive to receive it.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Guardian:"Corrupt powers, budding romance, an epidemic and grisly action synthesize to sate sci-fi fans." —Kirkus Reviews "Proxy fans will be satisfied with the constant action and the conclusion to Syd’s story." —SLJ"Nonstop action and breakneck pace characterize this exceptional thriller…thought-provoking and breathtaking." —VOYAPraise for Proxy:“Looking for an awesome YA summer read? Look no further than Alex London’s Proxy.” —"Put down what you're doing and read this book. Right now. The complex characters, intricate world, and blistering pace are off-the-charts amazing. I fell in love with this story from the first sentence to the final, epic page. London is a force to be reckoned with." —Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy  "Whipping Boy + Blade Runner with a sprinkling of The Hunger Games (plus, a dash of A Tale of Two Cities) = a treat for teen SF fans." —Kirkus Reviews“A fast-paced dystopian novel which should appeal to readers of the Hunger Games.” —VOYA"Alex London is one of the most multi-dimensional writers out there. Proxy blew me away. It's deep, thrilling, thought-provoking, and at times simultaneously maddening and uplifting. I need to have more of Syd and Knox. Proxy is one stunning read!" —Andrew Smith, author of WINGER and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE“Gripping.” —“Proxy moves blindingly fast through a world of danger gone viral. It's science-fiction on a joy ride full of deceit and imagination.” —Deseret News “A big twist and heroic ending will leave readers eager for more” —Shelf Awareness “Offering intriguing moral dilemmas amid breakneck action…The matter-of-fact presence of a gay lead [Syd] in an action driven story is welcome and overdue.” —Publishers Weekly “An action-packed thrill ride.” —SLJ