Saturday, 21 August 2010

Kevin Brooks - iBoy - Guest Review


Today I was sent two great book reviews (via my comments box) by anonymous readers. It's great to be able to post other peoples' reviews other than my own; to be able to read other people enjoying books as much as I do. Thank you very much for sending these to me, whoever you are. I would have liked to have been able to attribute this to a specific person but can't, as I don't know who you are. I will post the other review some time next week.

Here is a review I did of iBoy for a local newspaper: If I had the same 'super powers' as Tom Harvey, writing this review would be a lot simpler. For example, I could type it up, run a spellcheck and e-mail it, all in my head. And while I'm at it, I could watch a couple of YouTube videos, read the newspaper and hack into Bill Gate's bank account. Again, all in my head. Intrigued? So was Tom after he first experienced his paranormal abilities while lying in a hospital bed. He was walking home from school one day when an iPhone came flying out of a window and shattered on his skull. Fragments of the iPhone fused with his brain and gave him unimaginable mental powers. Lying in the hospital bed, Tom felt the overwhelming sensation of infinite knowledge. He was connected. Anything an iPhone could do, e-mails, photos, Internet pages, videos, texts, whatever, Tom could access in his head. However, as any powerful figure will tell you, with great power comes choices of great consequences. While Tom was unconscious in the hospital, a local gang committed a gruesome attack on Tom's friend, Lucy. Tom was forced to choose whether or not to use his powers to track down Lucy's offenders or accept the fact that these things happen, as the police had already done. But one thing was for sure, Tom would never be the same again... First of all, I would not suggest that you read this book if you are under 12 years old. iBoy deals with some mature content, violence and contains language that you better not let your mother ever hear you say. When it comes to the plot, if you can look past the highly fictional concept and just buy into the story, it will be a much more enjoyable experience. iBoy is a great book to read if you're looking to zone out for a couple of days. It hooks you around every corner and is a fast-paced, absorbing read. I would almost compare this book to Spiderman set in a gang-ruled neighbourhood. With elements of action, mystery, sci-fi and a bit of romance, iBoy is sure to be a hot end-of-summer read!

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