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Victoria BealeBrooks's iBoy is part of a trend of nerdy-gritty-superhero ultraviolence, notable in recent books by Mark Millar. If blood and guts are necessary to catch the eye of the teenage reader, then the excess of iBoy is forgivable. The book may feature exploding limbs, but it is also a moralistic fable that makes thoughtful reference to Arthur Koestler, Aristotle and E. E. Cummings. Together, it makes for an intelligent and fast-moving story, one that cleverly shifts between comic-book thrills and touchingly effective realism.
—The New York Times Book Review