IBoy

IBoy

Book - 2010
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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 . . . 'The absolutely fascinating book, 'iBoy' by Kevin Brooks is a very entertaining, thrilling and interesting book. It follows the exciting and action packed life of 'Tom Harvey' for a short time. It also shows how when his skull is cracked by an iPhone and little fragments of the phone sink into his brain, it has some incredible results'! By Isaac / Spinebreakers Crew 'This is the best book for teenaged boys I've read since Anthony McGowan's The Knife That Killed Me , and one of the most important. Yes, it's a fantasy, but it's real power as serious literature is drawn from a reality that few adult novelists have the stomach to address. Bravo!' Amanda Craig, The Times
Publisher: London : Penguin, ©2010.
ISBN: 9780141326108
0141326107
9780545317689
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,20 cm.

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FindingJane Sep 11, 2016

When a freak not-so-accidental incident turns ordinary Tom Harvey into a super-computer capable of looking up and accessing information on the worldwide web, linking into people’s cells and sending electric shocks with near-lethal effects on people and objects, he has a decision to make. What to do with his newfound powers? Well, the answer isn’t so clear cut as he initially decides. Like a lot of comic origin stories, his powers come about because of tragedy, a wrong, a crime initiated against him and someone he holds dear. As time continues, he tries figuring out the right and wrong of his actions; indeed, he attempts to clarify the very nature of right and wrong, of morality and whether vigilantism is ever the right answer. The dialogue is excellently written (right down to the misspellings and grammatical errors that are a sad part of contemporary electronic interaction) and firmly placed within the current century. In modern-day America, even children in slums and ghettos have cell phones and/or access to a computer; they literally connect everyone to anyone else. Information, misinformation, rumor and electronic whispers form inescapable parts of our lives and are the root of all things in this book. But what truly connects people is the human connection and we see exactly what happens when people become afraid to communicate with themselves, each other or the authorities. Gang rule is the bitter norm of these people’s lives. Averted eyes, shrugs, silence and mumblings about “this is just the way it is” make you understand Tom’s rising defiance and his decision to do something about this hellish situation. The chaos that ensues seems to outweigh the long-term benefits (a small news article about how the crime rate is down in his neighborhood is almost buried under the data stream about the havoc that Tom’s iBoy persona is causing). When matters turn deadly, we see the ugly side of iBoy surfacing and remember Friedrich Nietzsche’s grim cautionary quote about the abyss. As a stern indictment against and fierce supporter of the mortal-man-turned-superhero trope, “iBoy” probes beneath the skin of what it means to be a crusader. The result is both thrilling and rather perturbing. Whether this is a YA romance with thrills or a superhero story with a lesson, “iBoy” is definitely one of the smarter YA stories out there.

CristianR7 Sep 17, 2012

BEST BOOK EVER IT WAS REALLY interesting i wish i had that kind of power. iloved it

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ETH
Jul 12, 2012

I've read a bit of it and it is EPIC!
Gonna get it out...
I COMMAND YOU ALL TO READ IT!!

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skcool
Feb 20, 2012

This book was epic

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georgia12399
Jan 14, 2012

Does anyone think this book is good? Ive put it on my later shelf....

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panaura
Dec 17, 2011

This is one of the best books I've had to review all year.

lms Nov 30, 2011

positive reviews in NYT, Booklist, Kirkus. This is a lean, suspense filled thriller for teens

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Ucod
Jan 26, 2011

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123_its_me
Apr 15, 2013

Coarse Language: There is swearing on most pages of this book.

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skcool
Feb 20, 2012

Violence: lots of violence

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skcool
Feb 20, 2012

Coarse Language: a little cussing

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skcool
Feb 20, 2012

skcool thinks this title is suitable for 2 years and under

zackids Nov 25, 2010

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zackids Nov 25, 2010

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 .

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