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Being Paperback – 7 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141319100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141319100
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A subtle, spooky, headlong dash through the dark edges of romantic science fiction, a genre Kevin Brooks – with his usual delight in flouting convention – appears to have invented (Meg Rosoff, author of How I Live Now)

Violently enjoyable (The Times)

Original in its premise and captivating in its delivery. A gripping read (Big Issue)

Sharp and precise . . . a meditation on the nature of humanity (Sunday Times)

An exciting on-the-run thriller . . . you'll be gripped (Flipside)

About the Author

Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter, Devon, and he studied in Birmingham and London. He had a varied working life, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before – happily – giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels and now lives in North Yorkshire.


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Format: Hardcover
The first Kevin Brooks book i read was Lucas. My friend gave me the copy to read and said it was good. So i thought, might as well. Two and a half days later i had finished. It was an amazing book.

So a few days ago i noticed his new book on sale and got myself a copy. Well, he's done it again, and this one's even better. It made me think, made me question things "What is it to be human?, What makes you human?" This book is so alive with adventure, emotion and you will not want to put it down. I couldn't. Sometimes it chilled to the bone, sometimes it made me squirm, and other times i just smiled.

It's so different from the usual teen book, yet something about it is familuar. You see Robert grow up, live and somehow you can relate to him. I think it would make an amazing drama or film.

What's even better is you can join the debate online once you've finished, which you'll want to do.

Read this if your a fan of Kevin Brooks or not. It has become my favourite book!
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I bought this for my son after hearing an interview with Kevin Brooks on Oneword. The book arrived this morning, and having nothing better to do I started to read it. I honestly could not put it down. Brooks is not a heavy, serious writer, but his use of language is captivating, I've purchased a couple of his other books for my son and will no doubt be reading them as well.

I highly recommend this as a teenage read, especially, if like me you are searching for a diversion from computer games and the telly.

Some parents may prefer their child to be reading more solid material, but I think that the important bit is to get your child to enjoy reading for it's benefits. I have no doubt that my son will enjoy this book and will eventually be borrowing my copy of War and Peace. But one step at a time.

Buy this for your child, you will not regret it!!!!!!!!!!
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This is the third Kevin Brooks book I've read (the others being the excellent Kissing The Rain and Lucas). It was recommended to me by my fifteen year old daughter, who said she enjoyed it, although she didn't like the ending. She said, 'it's as if someone had a really good idea for a book but didn't know how to end it.' I was expecting the ending to be awful, but I didn't think it was. I was instantly gripped by the story, and I read the book in one day, bringing it about with me while I cooked and did housework. Yes, you don't get all the answers at the end of the book, but that way you can identify better with the main character, who doesn't know what's going on either. Perhaps an epilogue from the point of view of whoever or whatever left Robert outside a hospital as a baby would have been illuminating, but on the other hand, that might have been dopey. I quite like a book that leaves you questioning at the end. I think I preferred the other books I've read by Brooks in terms of character developement, but I still think Being is a very good book and Kevin Brooks is an excellent writer.
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When I started to read this book, I found it very hard to get going however, once I read more, it began getting really interesting. Then it finished with a quite controversial ending. The Plot: A boy is in hospital receiving an endoscopy. The surgeons gut through his skin and find something un-human like. A shell of some sort? Anyway, this is a big mystery. However, there is one problem - the boy is supposed to be asleep but he isn't. At this point in the book, the author is writing about the boy's thoughts, while he is being cut up by a surgeon. The boy has had enough now. He needs to wake up. He is using all of his strength to move one muscle - show the surgeons that he is awake. He then finally succeeds in doing this however; he is surprised to find that one of the surgeons has a gun... Why? Well this book is full of mysteries that make you want to read on. Anyway, back to the plot: the boy is awake so he has more power. Therefore he grabs the gun of the man. In this part of the book he starts ordering the surgeons and people in the operating theatre around. We have got to remember he now possesses a gun. After this, he asks the surgeons to patch him up and now he is on the run. On the run from the police, and well, some strange people that always seem to be following him. The boy then decides to go to a past friend's, friend house. This character is called Eddi and she is one of the main characters in the book. Eddi specializes in forging documents, making fake stuff etc... Now the boy decides to take the opportunity to get a whole new identity - even new hair. Throughout the boy's stay in Eddi's house, the two characters gain trust. Now however, the strange people are not only looking for the boy, but Eddi. The two characters decide to go on a runner together; to Spain.Read more ›
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Robert Smith was waiting for the nurse to call him into the doctor's office to prepare him for his scheduled endoscopy, not realizing it would be the last normal day in his life. Once called into the office, Robert was put under anesthetic and doctors went about putting a tube down his throat in order to find out what was causing his stomach discomfort. Unexpectedly, Robert woke up before he was supposed to and realized he was in a different room with many people he didn't recognize. He heard phrases like, "What is that?" and "Are those wires?" Robert felt every cut made into his body for the exploratory surgery these strange people in black suits were performing on him.

After Robert forced himself off the table, he managed to get a weapon out of the hand of one of the black suits. At gun point, Robert demanded the anesthetist knock out his attackers and then kidnapped him in order to use his car to get away. Next, he set about making himself invisible. He knew he couldn't go to his house where his foster parents lived or any place he'd normally visit. The first night he checked into a hotel for some rest to give himself some time to decide what to do the next day. He was overwhelmed with thoughts about what was inside him. He looked over the evidence he took from the doctor's office, which included a videotape of the endoscopy. On the tape he saw things that should have been impossible.

After a sleepless night, Robert put the first step of his plan in motion. To become a different person, change identities, disappear from the face of the Earth. He went to see a girl named Eddi who was in the business of fake IDs, birth certificates, and other needed credentials to get by in life. What he found when he got to her place was suspicion and uncertainty.
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