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Gr 9 Up-Ever since the terrorist attack on London two years earlier, life has been anything but normal for 17-year-old Jack and his younger sister, who live on the outskirts of the city. With their parents presumed dead, Jack has had to grow up fast and learn how to care for Emily. His friends, Lucy-Anne, Sparky, and Jenna, also experienced loss in some form. The government insists that the city is a wasteland, full of mutant monsters, and that access in and out is strictly denied. The friends don't believe the government's lies, so when an older woman, Rosemary, comes looking for them, claiming to be from inside London, they feel compelled to follow her back in to see for themselves the reality of the situation. What they experience is far more terrifying and bizarre than they had imagined. Some inhabitants did survive and they developed special powers and skills. Always on the run, the survivors are hunted by the vicious Choppers, who conduct brutal experiments on them when captured. Jack and his friends must first stay alive and then figure out how to tell the truth to the rest of the world. This is the first title in what promises to be a gripping series depicting a near-future England in the throes of a postapocalyptic disaster. Lebbon tells a grim tale, made a bit lighter by the well-developed friendship among the teens and the devoted relationship between Jack and his sister.-Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This is the first title in what promises to be a gripping series depicting a near-future England in the throes of a postapocalyptic disaster. Lebbon tells a grim tale, made a bit lighter by the well-developed friendship among the teens and the devoted relationship between Jack and his sister."
-School Library Journal
"An inventive read that will entice readers of all ages."
-Monsters and Critics
"Fans of The Hunger Games should enjoy this book as well…"
"Readers really come to inhabit Lebbon's destroyed, scary world. A great read."
-RT Book Reviews, Four stars (Compelling - Page-turner)
"A straightforward adventure narrative, moving from the relative safety of suburban life to the dangerous streets of London, with plenty of gunfights, showdowns, and daring escapes to keep readers turning the pages."
"If you've got a YA reader who is looking for a good action adventure with a solid dose of mystery and mutations, they're sure to enjoy London Eye."
-Wired.com "Geek Dad"
"A fascinating story....[Lebbon] creates a stellar cast of characters…complex and relatable throughout the book. The plot unfolds at a nice pace and keeps the reader engaged throughout the whole story. This is a great new series for fans of fantasy."
-Portland Book Review
Great novel, for all ages. Truly enjoying the series. Loved the children, the adults, the monsters, and? Well, the monsters that may or may not be friends.Published 19 months ago by Christophe S Myers
London Eye begins two years after London has been attacked by terrorist and quarantined from the rest of the world. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Angie
I really enjoyed this book, but the climax did not lead to a resolution, it led to a teaser for the next book. This surprised me, as I'm not used to this style of book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by G. Allen
I find it a bit unreasonable when someone is writing about a tech society and isn't aware of current technological capabilities. His conflicts were weak and not always believable. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by MatthewB
The first book in Tim Lebbon's Toxic City series is no doubt an eye-opener! His style and the simple genius of the story's plot will readily hook readers. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Lovey Dovey Books
It took me awhile to read this because my 16 yo son decided he wanted to read it first which means the intended market for the book, young adult, is right on the mark. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Alisa Russell
Jack and his friends are a self-made family of young adults. When Jack and his sister decide to track down their mother in the dangerous and forbidden London, his friends don't... Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by SciFiChick