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Guardian (Proxy) Paperback – May 5, 2015
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Gr 8 Up—London creates an intricately high tech world in which the heroes find themselves on an action-packed quest to save humanity from a zombielike illness and thoroughly corrupt government. After the Jubilee and change in governments, Syd reluctantly finds himself the icon of the Reconciliation with a lovelorn bodyguard, Liam. Syd and Liam race against time and villains, all the while falling in love. This dystopian Detroit has the usual trappings of science fiction—hovercrafts, new ecosystems, gadgets—and the ideals of growing one's own food, communal property, equality, and the evil of debt. Much like Mao's Great Leap Forward (complete with a bedridden gangster leader and illegal "covetous" thoughts), people suffer while the government knowingly feeds off their misery. The message lacks subtlety: absolute power corrupts absolutely. This maxim is illustrated by the Council wittingly allowing people to die of the zombielike illness because the cure requires the rebuilding of the machine that once held them captive to corporations. The Council will destroy themselves if need be; they refuse to return to the old ways. Yet Syd and Liam are willing to fight to the death. Regrettably, Syd seems to have lost some of his moxy, and both characters are fairly two-dimensional, but Proxy (Philomel, 2012) fans will be satisfied with the constant action and the conclusion to Syd's story.—Laura Falli, McNeil High School, Austin, TX --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Praise for Guardian:
"Corrupt powers, budding romance, an epidemic and grisly action synthesize to sate sci-fi fans." —Kirkus Reviews
"Proxy fans will be satisfied with the constant action and the conclusion to Syd’s story." —SLJ
"Nonstop action and breakneck pace characterize this exceptional thriller…thought-provoking and breathtaking." —VOYA
Praise for Proxy:
“Looking for an awesome YA summer read? Look no further than Alex London’s Proxy.” —EW.com
"Put down what you're doing and read this book. Right now. The complex characters, intricate world, and blistering pace are off-the-charts amazing. I fell in love with this story from the first sentence to the final, epic page. London is a force to be reckoned with." —Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy
"Whipping Boy + Blade Runner with a sprinkling of The Hunger Games (plus, a dash of A Tale of Two Cities) = a treat for teen SF fans." —Kirkus Reviews
“A fast-paced dystopian novel which should appeal to readers of the Hunger Games.” —VOYA
"Alex London is one of the most multi-dimensional writers out there. Proxy blew me away. It's deep, thrilling, thought-provoking, and at times simultaneously maddening and uplifting. I need to have more of Syd and Knox. Proxy is one stunning read!" —Andrew Smith, author of WINGER and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE
“Proxy moves blindingly fast through a world of danger gone viral. It's science-fiction on a joy ride full of deceit and imagination.” —Deseret News
“A big twist and heroic ending will leave readers eager for more” —Shelf Awareness
“Offering intriguing moral dilemmas amid breakneck action…The matter-of-fact presence of a gay lead [Syd] in an action driven story is welcome and overdue.” —Publishers Weekly
“An action-packed thrill ride.” —SLJ
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I enjoyed the first book a lot and was kinda nervous about the second book, scared of what would happen, would it be as good as the first one or would I be totally disappointed? Some new characters came into the book pretty early and that also made me nervous. But ... it didn't take long before I was in love once again! One of the main characters in Guardian is a seventeen year old guy named Liam who's got a metal hand! How cool is that? I already loved Syd, never liked Marie much, though it got better in this book, I worshipped Knox, and I quickly fell for Liam too (pluss his physical description looks exactly like my brothers not that you should care).
Guardian is full-packed action from chapter 4 and out. There's blood and tears and fear and love and humour.
This is one of those rare books you can say did not disappoint at all. I thought it was nearly as good as the first one and I enjoyed it to the end. Now I'm biting my fingernails waiting for the third one. Hurry up, Alex London! I need the third one! Dear reader, just pick up Guardian, okay? Good boy/girl *patting head*
Oh, and BTW if you're looking for something similar to Proxy and Guardian, try Red Rising by Pirece Brown, or the Legend series by Marie Lu. Have a nice life and happy new year! God bless
Now I don't want to give away any spoilers or anything for Proxy and honestly I don't want to sit here and write out a long detailed review of why this book is awesome and why you should read it and all the things so I'll just talk about some of my favorite things and then you can read the book, okay?
A Few Of My Favorite Things -
-Liam - He's no Knox but he is awesome. I wouldn't say that I liked him as much as I liked Knox but it was pretty damn close. He's just a really complex character and yeah I loved him.
-Syd - Okay Syd had some down moments in this book but that didn't make me love him any less, maybe it even made me love him a little more. He was still himself, sure he was changed and sad and slightly depressed but in the end he didn't let that stop him.
-The plot - I didn't really know how this book as going to go because honestly when I read Proxy I thought it was a stand alone and I was kinda apprehensive about this but it was awesome. It made total sense and it just added so much to the story. Basically I loved it, are you seeing a pattern here? I am.
- Twisty - I feel like there were some very interesting twists in this book and I loves me a good twist.
And now I think I am running out of things to say and my brain doesn't feel like cooperating and yeah.
Your turn! Read the book! READ IT!
OK...I confess, I wasn't sure how one writes a sequel to something as complete as Proxy. In truth, the story felt told. Sure, there were a few unanswered questions in my nit-picky little head and I definitely wanted Syd to have a real first kiss! But after closing the book and emerging from my state of stunned silence I experienced a rare sense of satisfaction. The symmetry of Knox's sacrifice just left me all weak in the knees and singing songs of love and adoration to London and the gods of storytelling and whatnot. So it's safe to say I approached Guardian with equal amounts trepidation and excitement.
If Proxy was a story of brotherhood, sacrifice and debt exploration; Guardian, was at it's core, a love story seasoned with lessons in forgiveness and the dangers of ideology. I don't know if that's what London set out to write but that's what I experienced. And for me, that was more than ok. It still made me think, ask questions and feel things. Also, a good love story never hurts...
Anyway, Syd and Liam's love story had all the sweetness and painful awkwardness of any first love. Well, any post-apocolyptic, humanity is on the precipice of total decimation first love...cuz you know you've got to be willing to let some things go in those circumstances. So your boyfriend is a ruthless assassin?? Hmm.... Well thats probably a pretty useful apocalypse skill!
Speaking of LIAM....
While there were moments in the beginning when I was uncomfortable with Liam's zelous obsession with Syd or more specifically Yovel. Liam's journey from devoted protector (dare I say... Guardian?) to valued partner was at the heart of what I loved about this book. His character arc was beautiful and if we dig into our collective psyche pretty darn relatable (minus the assassin thing). Truth is, we live in a world that makes it outrageously easy to idolize your favorite author/actor/musician/artist/stupid hot soccer player....you get my point... And while celebrating art and achievement (and even obsessing a bit) is wonderful it's easy to create some sort of mythical deity out of those we admire.
Throughout the course of Guardian Liam, who is (not so secretly) a Yovel disciple, must face the reality of Syd, who is by no means happy playing savior. While Syd remains the strong and subtly wise character we (and everyone else) fell for in Proxy he is also a little broken and, understandably, riddled with guilt. (KNOXXXXX!! What? I'm not over it. And neither is Syd.) As a result, Liam was forced to dissect his feelings for Syd and separate the mythology from the person. Turns out that on the other side of obsession were the seeds of a lovely honest relationship. Something about learning to love and value someone even when they disappoint you seems like an ideal life lesson. Though perhaps more importantly Liam, begins to learn how to value himself .
So the other character that just filled my soul with joy was Marie. I'll admit, Marie was the loose end for me in Proxy. Perhaps because I really saw myself in her (and not in the most flattering way... I may be remembering this wrong but I am fairly certain London recently assigned her to Slytherin house somewhere which....yeah, I see it but...ouch. *Sigh*). Marie had all the right intentions and none of the wisdom needed to step back and assess her crusade. It can be painful to realize that righteous indignation with a dollop of crusading has a way of turning you into exactly the type of close minded, frustrating, ideologist you thought you were fighting against. Marie is the epitome of that character. Throughout Proxy and well into Guardian she is fighting a war against injustice while failing to see the cracks it is leaving in her own humanity. Fortunately, this time Marie is faced with a set of circumstances so personal she simply can't ignore the flaws in her beliefs. Thus she is set down a path of self discovery that ultimately leads to growth, forgiveness and hopefully a bit of grace. I guess there's hope for us soap-boxy types after all! Whew! And can I get an AMEN?! (Basically, I have decided to believe that those of us Marie types have a hope of becoming REFORMED Slytherins A'la Regulus Black. K, Imma put my HP nerd back in her bottle now.)
There was a lot of growth and forgiveness to go around in this book. Syd had to face his future, Liam his past and Marie the reality of the present. Not to mention the hard learned lesson that there are no easy fixes. Of course there was also plenty of action and adventure to balance out all this very important thinky stuff. Oh, and one hell of an eerie psychopath villain... Which are the best kind (Maybe my Slytherin isn't as close to reformed as I would like).
So about the end: At first I was all WHAT??!!! Wait, NO! THERE HAS TO BE MORE. And then I took a breath or two, uncurled myself from my perch on the counter top and thought about it for a bit. The more I considered, the more I realized that I was perfectly happy to create my own (sickeningly wonderful, happily ever-after where absolutely NO ONE dies) version of this story's after life in my head. Sometimes it's nice when an artist sets their work free into the world and allows the audience to take it into their own hearts and imagine the ending that they need to hear.
That being said, a nice little novella where we finally hear Liam's story wouldn't go unappreciated.
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I picked up Guardian as soon as I finished reading the first book in this duology, Proxy. Guardian begins shortly after Proxy ends.Read more