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iBoy [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Brooks
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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[Kevin Brooks'] pacey plots, masterly style and philosophical ideas in novels such as Martyn Pig, Killing God and Black Rabbit Summer have made him a cult among teens. This, though, is the big one. Its power as literature draws on a reality that few adult novelists have the stomach to address. It should be read by everyone. (Amanda Craig The Times 20100626)

Children's Book of the Month: Gripping, streetwise and profound. (Geraldine Brennan The Observer 20100711)

iBoy is a hugely readable revenge fantasy....confoundedly gripping. (Nick Tucker Independent on Sunday 20100711)

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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 . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1650 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0545317681
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZRZ4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply extraordinary 8 July 2010
By Jervie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought it for my 15 year old. Its about rape, good and evil, love, honesty, truth, compromise, lies, and everyone, well at least every adult and slightly older teenager should read it. Its uplifting and terrifying, wildly imaginative, incredibly original, occasionally ridiculous, and completely un-put-downable. What a book! What a fantastic story! My teenager can have it tomorrow. Once I started it, he wasnt going to get it until I finished it. Kevin Brooks, you need to retire, you will never write anything better!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars 18 Aug 2010
This was my first book by Kevin Brooks and I am so glad I read it.

I was initially attracted to this book because of its premise. I was really intrigued about iBoy and what his `powers' would be and how he would use them. What I wasn't expecting was the dark and gritty back drop for this premise. For me, it was the high point of the book.

I found myself completely engrossed in the world depicted - life on a London tower block estate ruled by gangs and fear. The idea that someone can be attacked in their own home and can't do anything about it - and know that nothing will ever be done about it - is scary. But the realisation that for some it is a reality -it is really terrifying. I think you need to be prepared for how dark this story is. It feels wrong to say I am surprised it's a teenage title - but it does touch on some very adult themes.

I loved all the main characters. Tom was a typical, kind of nerdy boy finding himself in a very unique situation. Lucy was really sweet and I really felt for her. I loved Tom's Nan - the way she got rid of the policemen in the hospital had me laughing out loud just because of how much attitude she had.

As for iBoy - I thought it was such a great idea. I could have done without all the technical information but I think others will love it - and I loved the struggle inside of Tom. How it made him unsure of who he was and whether he thought `iBoy' was doing the right thing. I spent most of the book thinking of the line from Spiderman (or possibly Superman?) - `With great power comes great responsibility' - and I thought this book really touches on that. It raises the question of what to do with power if we have it. Should we fight violence with violence?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT a book for children! 19 May 2013
This is NOT a book for children. Main themes of book are the rape of young girls, violence, revenge and gang warfare. Prolific use of the F-word, graphic descriptions of violence and threats - including threats of male and female rape, and the threat of raping the boy's grandmother and forcing him to watch. Most of the characters appear to be between the ages of 12yrs and older teens. the main character is 16 yrs.

In the advertising blurb at the back of the book the author describes himself as a children's writer. The cover looks as if it id designed to appeal to children, and the back cover says it is about a 16yr old boy, and mentions that a gang "assaulted" his friend lucy. If they had had the honesty to put that it was about gang-rape perhaps it would be clear that it was not a suitable book for school children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended young adult reading 11 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Kevin Brooks has consistently written great young adult books. His books never shy away from difficult subjects and never patronise the reader. And with iBoy, his fantastic run of books continues.
The subject material of iBoy is not for the easily upset or offended - rape, drug dealing, extreme violence, gangs - but it is refreshing to read an author for young adults who is not afraid to deal with these issues.
The world that Brooks' creates in iBoy is a harsh and forbidding one; a world where awful things happen on a daily basis and everyone is too afraid to say or do anything. Until, that is, the arrival of iBoy, a new superhero. Of sorts. He is intent on taking out every frustration on the gang that hospitalised him and raped his friend. But iBoy's own sense of good and evil soon become warped.
Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of A Trillian Books 18 Sep 2010
Tom is a normal kid living on a rough estate in London with his Gran. Gangs pretty much rule the estate, with members of different gangs constantly fighting each other. On his way home from school one day, Tom hears his name being called from a window on the top floor of his block of flats - the floor his friend Lucy lives on. He looks up to see something falling towards him and the next thing he know he's waking up in the hospital with bits of iPhone in his head. Unknown to the doctors, the fragments have fused with Tom's brain and now he can do pretty much anything a smartphone can. He can text, make phone calls, browse the internet - all in his mind. After finding out that Lucy was being assaulted by a gang in her own home at the time he was hit by the phone, Tom sets about getting revenge with the aid of his new powers.

Before reading iBoy, I hadn't read anything by Kevin Brooks, although I'd heard many good things about his books. Now I wish I had picked up one sooner. I really liked the writing style and the 'science bits' and tech jargon really appealed to my geeky nature. Like in most 'boys' books, Brooks focuses more on the action and plot than the descriptives which suits me perfectly.

The main characters in the book are well developed and realistic and the dialogue between them is witty without being over the top. Some of the things Tom's Gran says particularly amused me, probably because she's not a stereotypical grandmother.

iBoy is more suitable for older readers due to the language and aspects of the plot. I would recommend it to any one who likes books with plenty of action and a superhero element as well as a tense, exciting plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
In my opinion the best book ever for science fiction and action book fans. A truly brilliant book for teenagers.
Published 7 months ago by Curtis Eley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book is about a lot of things but it is one of the best books I have ever read
Published 14 months ago by S. M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Iboy
Excellent book! Really good book! Must read!Bit boring at the start but the gets better and better. Not what i expected
Published 15 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars ooooo I want these powers
This is the first book i've read by Kevin Brooks, and it caught my attention because i'm a bit of a computer nerd and the idea really made me curious, curious enough to take a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Leanne Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim subject but an excellent read for young adults
This is very original, really well written, and the plot is absolutely gripping so that you have to keep reading and get to the end quickly to know what happens. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing!
i found it really exciting and intresting,even after reading it over and over again. kevin brookes is a really good writer.
Published 22 months ago by Peter Dove
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Clever
I loved this book. It really gives you an insight into life on a sink estate and how terrifying and lonely it can be, knowing you can't report any crime, or feel safe because of... Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2011 by Lady A
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting science fiction story with a more serious side.
Tom Harvey is walking to meet Lucy, to him the prettiest girl at his school. She was the girl next door but still lives close by in her flat in their home in the sky: Compton... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by Jo Bennie
3.0 out of 5 stars decent adventure story
The only other Kevin Brooks novel the cat had read before picking up iBoy, was Being. The cat remembers reading a fairly generic adventure novel. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by Els De Clercq
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Novel By Brooks
I started reading Brooks last year when I saw a good review for his novel 'Being' and instantly fell in love with his writing, which is very surreal (reminds me of a young J. G. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2011 by Angela
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