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London Eye (Toxic City) Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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-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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 on March 11, 2014 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 on October 24, 2013 by Angie
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... Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by eav
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