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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.
As far as YA Dystopians go, London Eye is not my favorite but I do think it was unique. I loved the idea of some kind of toxin being released and causing humans to evolve. All of the survivors of the attack are now known as Irregulars, and they're being hunted to be studied. Most of them have taken to living underground in small communities, or on their own but constantly on the move. They all have some kind of special power such as healing, tracking, or manipulation which help them continue to survive. However, there are some known as Superiors, whose talents far exceed the norm. I was a little confused on the specifics, but it seems like they're running things, and not in a way that's helpful to the others. There is one Superior in particular who we learn is at the top and needs to be stopped. I can't say more, because it's a pretty big spoiler.
One thing that I really did not like about London Eye was Lucy-Anne. She's our main hero, Jack's, girlfriend and she seriously got on my nerves.Read more ›
But, on to the review. Two years previously, a disaster, which has since become known as Doomsday, was believed to have made London uninhabitable and a toxic wasteland. Jack, his sister, and their friends know differently and have been gathering evidence to prove it. When they discover that Jack's mother is alive, the five of them travel into London at great risk.
They find things they had not expected to find--things that were exciting, but were dangerous too.
I thought the book did a good job of maintaining the focus on the teens and what they did to solve the problems they encountered. Even when they needed the help of an adult, it was brought to our attention that said adult was not entirely trustworthy. The changes that the inhabitants of London had gone through were brought into the story naturally and not in a contrived fashion. I also liked the relationship between Jack and his sister. I'm looking forward to upcoming books in this series and believe it would be interesting to adults as well as young adults.
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
<b>How did we end up here?</b>
Pyr sent me a catalogue and LONDON EYE sounded interesting so I requested it. Read more
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? Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Brenna
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
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