"IBoy" is a thrilling young adult novel from Kevin Brooks.
Before the attack, sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was just an ordinary boy.
But now fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain and it's having an extraordinary effect...Because now Tom has powers.
The ability to know and see more than he could ever imagine. And with incredible power comes knowledge - and a choice.
Seek revenge on the violent gangs that rule his estate and assaulted his friend Lucy, or keep quiet?
Tom has control when everything else is out of control.
But it's a dangerous price to pay. And the consequences are terrifying..."A compulsive, atmospheric mystery". ("Sunday Times"). "A masterly writer, and this book would put many authors of 'grown up' detective fiction to shame". ("Mail on Sunday"). Kevin Brooks is the award-winning author of nine gripping teenage novels, usually with a thrilling detective twist.
His novels, "Being", "Black Rabbit Summer", "Killing God" (published as "Dawn in the USA") and "Naked" are also available from Penguin.
Kevin's brand new novel, "The Bunker Diary", will be published in 2013. If you enjoyed iBoy and want to get inside more of your favourite books, then check out spinebreakers.co.uk for exclusive author interviews, competitions, and much more.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/07/2010
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780141326108
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Review by mrripley
'iboy' was one of the books that I came away with from the Puffin stand. It was highly recommended; I was completely sold on the book purely from the passionate account that the publisher gave, regarding the storyline. As a result I desperately wanted to read it, and as soon as I could. Fortunately the long train journey home enabled my wish to come true, and within 48 hours of acquiring the book, I was soon turning the pages. I have to say that this book has been a great read; a really unexpected and very memorable story. I had an initial idea that this was some sort of Hollywood-type blockbuster; a modern day Superhero, with lots of non-stop action and gadgets. But to be honest it has fallen short of this, and in this instance, I am pleased that it has.Before the attack, sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was just an ordinary boy. But now fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain and it’s having an extraordinary effect . . . Because now Tom has powers. The ability to know and see more than he could ever imagine. And with incredible power comes knowledge – and a choice. Seek revenge on the violent gangs that rule his estate and assaulted his friend Lucy, or keep quiet? Tom has control when everything else is out of control. But it’s a dangerous price to pay. And the consequences are terrifying . . This book has a gripping real-life feel to it; with characters who are found to be living their lives on an inner city estate, outside of London. The story covers gritty issues such as drugs, the gang culture and even rape. Tom and Lucy, unfortunately find themselves victims to some of these events, at some point within the story. The book has a brilliant heart-in-your-mouth story. I loved every page of this amazing book; it will stay with me for some time to come. I have to say, that I probably wouldn't have normally picked it up, due to it depicting 'real-life' issues. It was only the lure of the Superhero character which evetually enticed me. However everything within the book works well together, even the Superhero is understated and is featured more like a real-life hero.I would really recommend for you to get your hands on a copy of this book; it comes out in July. I would love to hear your comments once you've had a chance to read it.I would love to see an additional book being written; just to see the possibilities as to how iboy could be developed into another storyline. We'll just have to wait and see if this is possible . . . . .
Review by wyvernfriend
When I first saw this story about a boy who has an iPhone fall on him from a great height and ends up with parts of that iPhone in his head which gives him some superhero powers, I thought it was going to be a pretty predictable superhero story.It wasn't. This isn't a story of big heroism, it's the story of an ordinary boy coming to terms with powers and trying to do a little good to avenge a friend. This is definintely a young adult or older teen book as it features rape and it's consequences quite a lot, the hero of the story makes some hard decisions and I did care for him and other people around him.Enjoyable, interesting, worthwhile and definitely neither predictable or light.