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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545317681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545317689
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

DAWN:

“This is a heartbreaking story.” – BCCB

“Brilliantly realized, wrenching.” – Horn Book

BLACK RABBIT SUMMER:

*“Sinister yet seductive.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Tense and gritty.” – The Chicago Tribune

BEING:
* “Brooks wraps high-speed, adrenaline-laced adventure around a thought-provoking exploration of the very nature of identity and existence.” -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Brooks takes the fantasy of being special...and mines its dark side with grit, compassion, and intrigue.” -- Horn Book

THE ROAD OF THE DEAD:

* "Grabs and holds readers' attention...a whirlwind ride." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Brooks's feel for mood and setting is masterful....A haunting, tense drama builds from the first line." -- School Library Journal, starred review

CANDY:

"A gripping, fast-moving love story set in a dangerous underworld...a psychological page-turner adeptly capturing love's hypnotic feel." -- Kirkus

"Provocative, suspenseful." -- Booklist

About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

The writer does something really cool with point of view and it's so subtle that it takes awhile to register.
katherine tomlinson
I so wanted to use this book for a high schoolers' book study, but was prevented from doing that due to working in a private, highly conservative student library.
Aileen Kirkham
Intriguing premise, approachable writing style, and characters you really care about - all that makes this book a truly fascinating, quick read.
Evie Seo

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Spiderman meets the WWW Trilogy in Kevin Brook's fantastic YA novel, iBoy. Intriguing premise, approachable writing style, and characters you really care about - all that makes this book a truly fascinating, quick read. The movie-like action scenes will blow your mind and you definitely won't be able to put it down! Are you ready for this awesomely nerdalicious ride?

Tom Harvey was on his way back home from school on a Friday afternoon when his skull was shattered by an iPhone. The 32GB iPhone 3GS was thrown from the top floor of a tower block. Tom was lucky enough to survive the accident, but he'll never be the same again. The doctors haven't been able to remove all the phone pieces from his brain. Some of them have lodged themselves very deep - too deep to risk pulling them out.

When Tom wakes up from a coma, he learns from his Grandmother that his close friend, Lucy, has been attacked and raped by a local gang. It happened around the time of his accident and is most likely related to it in some way. He also discovers that his brain has the ability to connect to the world wide web and basically do anything a smart phone can do. He can even send electric shocks, like some wicked cool version of a living taser! Electromagnetic force field, the ability to hack into just about any website or online database, unlimited access to the WWW resources - all that turns our "just-an-avarage-boy" into "insanely-cool-iBoy-hero". But like in any other hero story, with great power comes great responsibility. Can Tom handle all that? Will he manage to take revenge on Lucy's attackers without making matters worse for her?

I thought this book was really great. The premise itself was enough to lure me in - I couldn't wait to pick it up! It reminded me in a way of Robert J.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary C Crowe on October 8, 2013
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I normally don't read books but I loved this one I usually hate books but as I said I loved this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katherine tomlinson on January 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a really smart take on a modern "origin" story for a 21st century superhero. The model is Spider Man (mentioned more than once) but the hero's transformation is more like the film Lawnmower Man. It's somewhat inward (as if he's internalized the Matrix) but this is the rare story where what's going on around the "superhero" story is probably stronger than the heroics. The writer does something really cool with point of view and it's so subtle that it takes awhile to register. Gritty and human and scary, the book has an edge but it also has a heart.

The premise sounds a little ... silly ... at first. After surviving a brain injury caused by a falling cell phone, an ordinary teenager named Tom discovers he now has the capacity to do anything an iPhone can and more and uses those powers to exact a little vigilante justice. There is nothing silly about how this premise works itself out, or anything candy-coated about iBoy's mission. He wants justice done and although he doesn't like the consequences, he can live with the results. (He would fit right into the Watchmen's pantheon of superheroes with damaged souls.)

The characters are terrific. Tom is only 16 but as he integrates the iBoy powers, he's forced to confront concepts like "situational ethics" and deal with criminal dynamics way over his head. Tom's friend Lucy is equally as strong. She undergoes a horrific ordeal and emerges feeling dead and ruined. By the end, though, she has summoned reserves of courage and grace that will stand her in good stead.

The villain of the story, a local gangster named Howard Ellman (nicknamed "The Hell Man") is a true sociopath and we know he's capable of anything.
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By polly gillis on June 30, 2014
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I,m not usually reading sci-fi books, but I imagine teen agers might like it.It is fast reading &relates to "real World" situations.
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By Elliott Kronenfeld on December 19, 2013
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I bought this book for a book group I am in with my son (12 years old). The parents were a bit concerned with some of the very adult topics (rape, violence, drugs) in this book, but we felt that there was nothing that our kids wouldn't not have been aware of through news or other sources in their lives. We read the book and the tough topics were not presented in a salacious manner but rather in a realistic but censored way. The one complaint from the book group was the ending didn't have meaningful solution to it. I would recommend it for readers 12 and above IF there is a sense of maturity.
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By Aileen Kirkham on June 22, 2013
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This book has it all: excellent characterizations, setting (London's gang infested ghetto), and a fast-moving plot. The character's perseverance against overwhelming circumstances is inspirational as is his superhuman ability to stop the gang violence. I so wanted to use this book for a high schoolers' book study, but was prevented from doing that due to working in a private, highly conservative student library. The repeated use of the F-word prevented that. This book is so socially redeeming, it deserves to be read.
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By Andrew on May 31, 2013
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Nice book yet again. Enjoyable as a before bed read. Although a quick ending, the story is beautifully written. Enticing!
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