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iBoy Hardcover – November 1, 2011

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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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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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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We don't usually think of a superhero as a 16 year old generic boy who lives in an apartment complex of extremely aggressive gangs who did something horrible to his friend. What we don't expect the most is that the superpowers come from something that we use on a daily basis. This book really redefines the meaning of "superhero", altering the regular theme of superhero novels and movies. The one thing that this book can make you realize- is that the power of man and machine working together is heavily underestimated, just like the power of the iPhone.

P.S. This book has aggressive language, drug and alcohol reference, gore related violence and mature sexual topics (also gang related discrimination of race, gender and stereotype).

Reader Discretion can be Advised to some.
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After reading this book through and through many times I figured I would try this with my iPhone and a small, controlled explosion. I got my brand new iPhone 6s Plus that I just bought the other day and put it on top of half a pound of C4. After watching many Mythbusters episodes I figured that just half a pound of C4 would do the job. I then wired it all up and sat down right in front of it, facing directly at it. I, very excitedly, hit the fire button and then I don't really remember the rest. I woke up in a hospital later with shards of the iPhone's glass screen all over my face. My face was also slightly melted as a result of the explosion I am assuming. However, I though it worked. I felt no pain. I felt excitement. I knew the answers to everything. I felt I had incredible power. I felt as if I was on top of the world and had more power than anyone else. I felt like a king. After multiple facial reconstruction surgeries and brain surgeries to remove the shards of iPhone from my face and frontal lobe of my brain, I realized that I in fact did not have any extra powers or knowledge. Turns out they had just injected me with a buttload of morphine to dull the pain. If anyone is reading this I advise DO NOT TRUST THIS BOOK. I have thus learned that this is not scientifically proven nor true by personal experience. This is a prime example of when you cannot take scientific books seriously thanks to the governments slacking off in regulation. Thanks Obama.
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Great and unique super hero origin story that held me throughout the story. I love that it's not from the same old material, and that the hero in question has a power all his own that hasn't been done to death before. I also like the setting, which is London or somewhere around it. Great and realistic tale of a hero written on the scale of real life expectations. If you developed powers suddenly and tried to use them against someone else, it wouldn't go off without a hitch. You would make mistakes, perhaps use too much force, and later question your actions (even feel great regret over what you'd done or almost done). I love iBoy and I think others will too.
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