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.
Hold on. Right now I’m debating the probability of whoever wrote that synopsis knowing what WTF stands for. (Got the synopsis off Goodreads).
See, there’s the chances that the writer could be saying, “Wow, this is an unexpected, really cool, totally ridiculous-in-a-good-way book. Or, they could just not know what WTF stands for. Or, maybe, they could be like these moms:
Yeahhh…. that’s totally what WTF means.
Well, anyway, this was a fantastic book. Just so you know. The first few pages or so, I was seriously considering not reading this book. And then he got awesome powers because of an iPhone. My iPhone gives me awesome capabilities anyway and it’s not implanted in my head. Though that is cool too.
This book starts out with an iPhone being thrown off the 30th floor of a building and smashing into Tom’s skull. Wonderful. I get the gist of that experience. I no longer try to ski under the lifts on blue runs for fear of being pelted with snowballs. (On green runs, kids have their parents with them typically and on black runs nobody wants to risk being responsible for someone else’s injury).
Despite the weird science of that in the beginning, I wanted to read this book anyway. It sounded cool, and their was an interesting thriller, sci-fi element to this book that drew me to it. I thought that the writing was what really persuaded me to read this book. The fight scenes were not typical, but rather built around the ideas of Tom’s powers, which I thought was original and refreshing.
I really liked Tom as a character and I thought he was a great guy. The only problems I really had with this book were the end and the names. The ending was just a little anticlimactic for me.
Maybe I’m just crazy, but all the resident “good guys” in this book all had English names. Lucy, Ben and Tom. Then all the bad guys seemed to be either black or Asian, other than a few people here and there. Okay, so it never says that Tom is not white, but it never says he is white, and I just kind of got the impression that he was caucasian. Maybe it was wrong of me to do that, but like I said, it never said he wasn’t white. I’m sure it was unintentional, but all in all that was my issue with this book. 4 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 290
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