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Search. Shock. Destroy.

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: Seek revenge on the vicious gangs who rule the South London housing projects where he lives, and who violated his friend Lucy? Or keep quiet and move on?

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

A Wi-Fi thriller by YA master Kevin Brooks.

Publisher: London : Penguin, ©2010.
ISBN: 9780545317689
Characteristics: 292 pages ;,20 cm.


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FindingJane Sep 11, 2016

When a freak not-so-accidental incident turns ordinary Tom Harvey into a super-computer capable of looking up and accessing information on the worldwide web, linking into people’s cells and sending electric shocks with near-lethal effects on people and objects, he has a decision to make. What to do with his newfound powers? Well, the answer isn’t so clear cut as he initially decides. Like a lot of comic origin stories, his powers come about because of tragedy, a wrong, a crime initiated against him and someone he holds dear. As time continues, he tries figuring out the right and wrong of his actions; indeed, he attempts to clarify the very nature of right and wrong, of morality and whether vigilantism is ever the right answer. The dialogue is excellently written (right down to the misspellings and grammatical errors that are a sad part of contemporary electronic interaction) and firmly placed within the current century. In modern-day America, even children in slums and ghettos have cell phones and/or access to a computer; they literally connect everyone to anyone else. Information, misinformation, rumor and electronic whispers form inescapable parts of our lives and are the root of all things in this book. But what truly connects people is the human connection and we see exactly what happens when people become afraid to communicate with themselves, each other or the authorities. Gang rule is the bitter norm of these people’s lives. Averted eyes, shrugs, silence and mumblings about “this is just the way it is” make you understand Tom’s rising defiance and his decision to do something about this hellish situation. The chaos that ensues seems to outweigh the long-term benefits (a small news article about how the crime rate is down in his neighborhood is almost buried under the data stream about the havoc that Tom’s iBoy persona is causing). When matters turn deadly, we see the ugly side of iBoy surfacing and remember Friedrich Nietzsche’s grim cautionary quote about the abyss. As a stern indictment against and fierce supporter of the mortal-man-turned-superhero trope, “iBoy” probes beneath the skin of what it means to be a crusader. The result is both thrilling and rather perturbing. Whether this is a YA romance with thrills or a superhero story with a lesson, “iBoy” is definitely one of the smarter YA stories out there.

CristianR7 Sep 17, 2012

BEST BOOK EVER IT WAS REALLY interesting i wish i had that kind of power. iloved it

Jul 12, 2012

I've read a bit of it and it is EPIC!
Gonna get it out...

Feb 20, 2012

This book was epic

Jan 14, 2012

Does anyone think this book is good? Ive put it on my later shelf....

Dec 17, 2011

This is one of the best books I've had to review all year.

lms Nov 30, 2011

positive reviews in NYT, Booklist, Kirkus. This is a lean, suspense filled thriller for teens

Jan 26, 2011



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Apr 15, 2013

Coarse Language: There is swearing on most pages of this book.

Feb 20, 2012

Violence: lots of violence

Feb 20, 2012

Coarse Language: a little cussing

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Feb 20, 2012

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zackids Nov 25, 2010

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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