Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.
Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.
Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.
I loved M.T. Anderson’s FEED, and I thought THE WHIPPING BOY was pretty good. It was really interesting seeing Alex London’s take on the two books meshed together in PROXY.
I’m not sure exactly when I first saw this book. All I know is, the cover drew me to it.
Oh yes, and the premise.
But mostly the cover. I thought it would be cool to see those books put together, but the thing is–I kind of felt that this book would follow along the same lines as the other books. And in that way, I was sort of correct. The second half of this book is where things really start moving along and the chase gets on it’s way. The action was good, the sci-fi was great, and I loved the two themes of both of them. The thing about the second part, however, is that it’s predictable.
However, despite all that, I thought this book was great. It has a lot of cool tech, and I really liked the world that Alex London created. I wished that he would delve deeper into the world of the characters and flesh them out a little bit, but that was okay. I think a new book is coming out, and I hope that London will satisfy me with his characters in the next story.
I loved the ending of this book and I have high hopes that London will provide another one in his next novel. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 384
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