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"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


“This is a heartbreaking story.” – BCCB

“Brilliantly realized, wrenching.” – Horn Book


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

“Tense and gritty.” – The Chicago Tribune

* “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


* "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


"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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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Rant --> spoilery My issue with Kevin Brooks' books as far back as I can remember is that they breaches hard to talk about subjects that are extremely relevent to our society, subjects that are important to talk about to increase awareness and promote safety and yet, every single Kevin Brooks book I've read seems resolved to group these issues in an unsolvable-these things just happen and there's so much of it going on that there's nothing that can be done about it-category. This infuriates me. If you're going to write about gang rape and sex trafficking-despite including a science fiction aspect was very portrayed very realistically-please include some hope. I understand that reality is a harsh, sometimes unforgiving and unbelievably tragic thing but good grief. Things like "They f***ing destroyed me," when talking about the after effects of gang rape kill me, and I get that in gang culture the violence and threats on top of the fear often prevent any real change or justice from happening but seriously this was the most depressing book I've read in a long time. Even with superpowers nothing can help these people, I just have no words for how horribly hopeless and depressed I felt after reading this, I can't imagine how someone who has experienced similar things might feel.

The science fiction element was really cool. An iPhone embedding in someones skull and fusing with their brain is fascinating. Because the brain has such a powerful capacity already and mix it with Apple technology, all of Tom's superpowers really paid homage to the iPhone itself. And to think all of his skills, like electric shock, explosions, making phone calls, screen shot-ing from his eyes, were from a 3GS model.
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