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iBoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Wow

    Great book.only problems were the british slang and the profanity. Recommended for 8th grade and up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Very satisfying

    The only reason that this excellent read did not get a five is because it is not very re-readable. Plot is perfect and characters are great, but a bit of British slang will have you looking up words. Mature 8th graders and up. Warning: excessive cursing.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    With great power comes great responsibility

    I've been a huge Kevin Brooks fan ever since I read his first novel, Martyn Pig. His books are not for everyone; his teen characters are often caught in dark, violent, & morally ambiguous situations. iBoy, which is due to release in November, is definitely for the older teen or young adult as it deals with murder, rape, & gang violence. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book which should be subtitled, "With great power comes great responsibility". Yes, that is a Spider Man reference.


    In iBoy, a 16- year-old boy named Tom is hit in the head by an iPhone thrown from the 30th floor of his public housing building. Parts of the iPhone are embedded in his brain. After his release from the hospital, Tom discovers that he has all the abilities of an iPhone, including access to the web, the ability to make calls, & the ability to serve as his own camera. He is also able to defend himself by emitting an electrical charge that disables attackers.


    Tom puts all his new found powers to use as he attempts to avenge the gang rape of his best friend, Lucy. Tom & Lucy's neighborhood is rife with drugs & gang violence. After Lucy's attack, both she & her brother are afraid to identify her assailants because of the real threat of further retaliation.


    Yes, this plot sounds far-fetched, but Brooks saves it from being just a sci-fi thriller by grounding his characters within their world & by realistically portraying their emotions, reactions & moral dilemmas. Tom is devastated by his inability to protect Lucy & he struggles with how far he can or should go to bring her attackers to justice. In one scene, Tom sends a fake text to the girlfriend of one of the attackers that implies his involvement with another girl. The ensuing confrontation ends with the boy being stabbed. Tom is horrified & realizes that he is ultimately responsible for the boy's injuries. Just because he can, doesn't mean he should.


    I loved Tom & Lucy. Their conversations as they try to reestablish their friendship after Lucy's rape are very moving. Tom's questioning of a gang member about why he blindly follows the gang leader is chilling & disturbing because is is so mundane. Once I got past my disbelief over the opening chapter which establishes the "iPhone in the head" premise, I was sucked into this gripping story. I strongly recommend iBoy for older teens & adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    I liked the story line. I would recommend this for high school l

    I liked the story line. I would recommend this for high school level reading because of the slang and profanity

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    Posted January 20, 2012

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