Book Review: iBoy by Kevin Brooks

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Tom Harvey was just trying to get by, avoiding the gangs that run his neighborhood and trying to get childhood friend Lucy to notice him. But then Lucy is gang-raped and Tom is impaled by a falling iPhone. Everything in their world is shattered. Tom finds that he can now access anything on the web, as well as make calls, take pictures, and hack various sites, simply by thinking about it. Meanwhile, Lucy is terrified of leaving her apartment and is the victim of continued harassment. Tom appoints himself as Lucy’s protector, but soon gets into more trouble than his new ipowers can handle.

In a world of technology, this is the next step. Though I’ve read about mental technology before, it’s never been by accident and never as intense as what iBoy has. This was an interesting as well as an emotionally tense read and I enjoyed the facts that headed each chapter.

This novel had many parts to it, from action to romance. Tom’s vigilante actions are admirable, and the way he struggles with his powers is somehow realistic. I would recommend this to older readers because of the gang rape content, but all in all, this is a wonderful story.

Reviewed by Marissa, grade 9

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