iBoy by Kevin Brooks

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What can he do with his new powers -- and what are they doing to him?

Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teen. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. And they're having an extraordinary effect on his every thought.

Because now Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could. But with his new powers comes a choice: To avenge Lucy, the girl he loves, will he hunt down the vicious gangsters who hurt her? Will he take the law into his own electric hands and exterminate them from the South London housing projects where, by fear and violence, they rule?

Not even his mental search engine can predict the shocking outcome of iBoy's actions.

A WiFi, WTF thriller by YA master Kevin Brooks.
 

About Kevin Brooks

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Kevin Brooks is the groundbreaking author of the internationally acclaimed novels DAWN; BLACK RABBIT SUMMER; BEING; THE ROAD OF THE DEAD, a Mystery Writers of America “Edgar” nominee; CANDY; KISSING THE RAIN; LUCAS; and MARTYN PIG, which received England's Branford Boase Award for Best First Novel. Brooks lives in Yorkshire, England.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Scholastic Inc.. 309 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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That fusion endows Tom with powers that give new meaning to “hacking.” It feels exhilarating to apply his new powers to paying back a local gang that carried out a brutal sexual assault on Lucy, but revenge can’t bridge the gulf between him and Lucy or heal her psychological wounds.

Sep 14 2011 | Read Full Review of iBoy

The New York Times

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Inaction is hardly an option, however, as Tom is drawn rapidly toward vigilantism by the assault on his best friend and “Mary Jane Watson,” Lucy, who was horribly attacked by the same gang members who dropped the iPhone from 30 stories up that smashed into his skull.

Dec 02 2011 | Read Full Review of iBoy

The Guardian

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Soon after iBoy opens, Tom's friend Lucy is the victim of a brutal gang rape by her peer group, part of her brother's punishment for offending the Crows, one of the posses that rule Tom's estate in the badlands of outer London.

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Publishers Weekly

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When Tom wakes up in the hospital after surgery, he finds that some pieces of the phone have merged with his brain, and he has newfound powers that include mentally browsing the Internet, hacking cell phones, and zapping people.

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of iBoy

The Bookbag

This book is as at home on the realism shelf alongside books like The Dirty South by Alex Wheatle, The Knife That Killed Me by Anthony McGowan and Teacher's Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah as it is with other science fiction books.

Jun 01 2012 | Read Full Review of iBoy

Teen Reads

Burning with hatred from not only what happened to him but also to Lucy, Tom decides to seek out the gang members and exact revenge.

Dec 18 2011 | Read Full Review of iBoy

Kidz World

When pieces of an iPhone are accidentally embedded into Tom’s brain, he goes from ordinary to extraordinary.

Feb 17 2012 | Read Full Review of iBoy

Kidz World

When pieces of an iPhone are accidentally embedded into Tom’s brain, he goes from ordinary to extraordinary.

Dec 21 2011 | Read Full Review of iBoy

Warren County Living

Tom & Lucy’s neighborhood is rife with drugs & gang violence.

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