iBoy by Kevin BrooksiBoy by Kevin Brooks

iBoy

byKevin Brooks

Hardcover | November 1, 2011

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Search. Shock. Destroy.

Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teen. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. And they're having an extraordinary effect on his every thought.

Because now Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could. But with his new powers comes a choice: Seek revenge on the vicious gangs who rule the South London housing projects where he lives, and who violated his friend Lucy? Or keep quiet and move on?

Not even the search engine in his head can predict the shocking outcome of iBoy's actions.

A Wi-Fi thriller by YA master Kevin Brooks.

Kevin Brooks is the groundbreaking author of the internationally acclaimed novels Dawn; Black Rabbit Summer; Being; The Road of the Dead, a Mystery Writers of America "Edgar" nominee; Candy; Kissing the Rain; Lucas; and Martyn Pig, which received England's Branford Boase Award for Best First Novel. Brooks lives in Yorkshire, England.
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Title:iBoyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.56 × 5.81 × 0.99 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545317681

ISBN - 13:9780545317689

Appropriate for ages: 14

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting and Different When I looked at this book I thought that it was a really interesting storyline, definitely something I have never heard of before! I mean really, a book about a boy who is basically an iPhone! where do people come up with these ideas? I found this to be a really quick read, I couldn't get myself to put it down (really who needs sleep anyway). The storyline progressed really quick and I found myself engrossed in what was happening to Tom and how he dealt with it. There are a lot of great action scenes throughout the novel where Tom really gets to be an action hero (it's great the small geek getting to be the guy people are scared of). I was a little disappointed by the ending, I found that with everything that happened, the ending kind of fizzled out a little (though there was a nice big bang right before, which would be hard to follow). I just found that there were still a few things left unexplained at the end of the book (like what exactly happened with "iBoy").
Date published: 2013-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark, Fast paced and at times funny (Strong language and violence FYI) 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-**s -- 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 f**khead." "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
Date published: 2011-11-12

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From iBoyWhen he saw me standing there-a hooded figure with a nightmare face - Jayden froze, shocked, scared to death. I reached out to push him back into the elevator. I only intended to give him a shove, but when my hand touched his chest, my fingers flashed and I felt something jolt through my arm, and Jayden was suddenly flying backward as if he'd been hit with a sledgehammer. As he slammed against the lift wall and slumped to the floor, I stepped in after him and the doors closed behind me.There was a faint smell of electricity in the elevator-a hot, crackly kind of smell-and as I hit the button for the ground floor I realized that the skin of my hands was shimmering, too, just like my face. And the ends of my fingertips were glowing red.The elevator started to descend.I looked down at Jayden. He was very pale, his face white and rigid, his hands shaking.He stared at me for a moment, then wiped his mouth and spat on the floor. "What the hell are you?"I guessed that meant that he wasn't too badly hurt."I'm your worst nightmare," I told him.

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Praise for iBoy

"Brilliant, harrowing, uplifting...with a passionate truth...If I were a producer, I'd option iBoy immediately. This is the big one. Bravo!" - Amanda Craig, The Times of London