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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Toxic City (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161614680X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146801
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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.

Review

"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…"
-Blogcritics

"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."
-VOYA

"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

More About the Author

I've been published for over fifteen years and have written over thirty horror, dark fantasy and tie-in novels, including Coldbrook, The Cabin in the Woods, the Noreela series of fantasy books (Dusk, Dawn, Fallen and The Island), the NY Times Bestselling novelisation of the movie 30 Days of Night, Alien: Out of the Shadows, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi - Into the Void, and several books with Christopher Golden, including The Map of Moments and The Secret Journeys of Jack London. I've also written hundreds of novellas and novels. I've won several prestigious awards, and some of my work has been optioned for the big screen.

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I wasn't exactly sure what was going on until about half-way through.
Angie
I enjoyed the premise though I was left with more questions than I wanted and found the character development to be uneven.
Kristina
I had the hardest time relating to Jack and just didn't find the redeeming characters I was looking for from him.
Brenna

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kristina on October 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Unlike most post apocalyptic stories where the entire world is affected, in LONDON EYE, the first book in Tim Lebbon's Toxic City series,only London was attacked. The story moves fast and many of the action scenes are wonderfully intense and scary especially the few that happen in dark enclosed places. What I really enjoyed was the profoundly creepy news blurbs at the beginning of the chapters consisting of the radio broadcasts immediately following the terrorist attack. These blurbs only start appearing before the chapters when Jack and his friends approach London. This helps increase the desolation and eeriness of the present day London Jack encounters when he enters the city.

While the depiction of a devastated London was very well described, I was left with a few questions about just how the survivors started evolving `strange, fantastic powers. I also had to suspend disbelief over the rapid development of these powers a mere two years after the attack, and why no one in the book questioned the sudden appearance of these burgeoning abilities.

Questions about how this evolution happened aside, I did love the `X-Men' like powers they develop such as rapid healing and foresight. I also enjoyed seeing the ways people evolved and the exploration of life in London post-attack, but was left wanting more in character development. Some of the relationships between this group of supposedly close friends seem to be pretty superficial. At times they really care for each other but at other times they almost forget they exist.

LONDON EYE reveals a unique dystopian world filling a decrepit London with rapid human evolution. I enjoyed the premise though I was left with more questions than I wanted and found the character development to be uneven. I look forward to seeing my questions cleared up in the next book in the Toxic City series which should be published in 2013.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenna on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Hunger Games meets X-Men? Some crazy attack on London that has left the city absolutely devastated and isolated from the rest of the world? People with superhuman powers and abilities? This is EXACTLY the kind of premise I love to hear about. Plenty of action and excitement should be an unstoppable book.

But unfortunately, London Eye simply failed to deliver those anticipations of mine. I had a difficult time really connecting with the book, and if I can't do that then I'm bound to dislike it.

Reasons to Read:

1. There is PLENTY of action:

This was awesome - I liked that danger really was lurking around every corner and that the further the story moved along, the more likely it was that more danger would take place as the group drew closer to London. It's a messy and crazy world, and the action at least kept the story moving along for me.

2. Diversity with characters:

These definitely aren't your cookie-cutter YA characters, and I applaud Tim Lebbon for being creative with his characters and making them real and flawed. They were edgier than I expected, and far more honest than most. Plus, I like seeing more male perspectives in YA. And I thought it was brilliant to include Emily as Jack's younger sister, and giving them a very strong sibling relationship with each other.

Regardless, the story ultimate felt lacking to me. As diverse as the characters were, I couldn't stand most of them. I had the hardest time relating to Jack and just didn't find the redeeming characters I was looking for from him. And Lucy-Ann was another character I didn't take to - I wonder if perhaps it's because I didn't buy into her relationship with Jack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eav on March 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
London Eye is easy to read and engaging. However, I did not like the abrupt, cliff hanging ending. I know there will be a sequel, but this book is too short to ask the reader to buy the next book to get the ending they should have gotten with this one.
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By Christophe S Myers on March 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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By Donna C on January 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
<b>How did we end up here?</b>

Pyr sent me a catalogue and LONDON EYE sounded interesting so I requested it. I’m getting more and more into the whole superhero type of story thanks to The Avengers and this book seemed to have taken a different twist on that as well as your more traditional post-apocalyptic story so I wanted to see what was it about.

<b>Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!</b>

London is an oasis of horror and, for the most part, the world has gone on around it and has effectively forgotten about London save for the supposed horror stories that come out of it. This story focuses mainly on Jack and Lucy-Anne as their POVs alternate throughout. Their motley crew also includes Sparky, your token crude class clown, Jenna, the chick pining for Jack with Sparky wistfully dreaming of her, and Emily, Jack’s nine-year-old sister who has a hard time deciding what age she wants to act depending on the scene. All of these kids are living with various stages of family: Lucy-Anne lost everyone, Jack and Emily only have each other, Sparky has both parents but lost his brother and Jenna scraped by without losing anyone.

An Irregular, their name for the mutated people of London, shows up at their house and they think it’s a good idea to take her at her word and follow her into the Toxic City. This was pretty much were the plot started losing me. Half of these kids are in survival mode and it’s been two years since London collapsed. They stopped believing the lies the government was telling them. You’d think they’d be a little more skeptical of some stranger feeding them information.
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