IBOY KEVIN BROOKS PDF

Items borrowed from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan are dependent on the policies of the lending library. Sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was an ordinary Londoner until an attack that caused fragments of an iPhone to be embedded in his brain, giving him incredible knowledge and power, but using that power against the gang that attacked him and a friend could have deadly consequences. 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.

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A dolescents tend to think they can rule their known world from anywhere with a phone signal: Kevin Brooks's gripping, streetwise and profound new science-fiction crime thriller for readers of 13 and above is about a boy who can do just that. After a blow on the head from a free-falling smartphone possibly a more common fate than one might suspect , year-old Tom recovers from surgery to find that enough of the device has stayed embedded in his brain to allow him to pluck electronic communications from the ether at will.

Since his debut with Martyn Pig in , Brooks has been writing sound, exciting, well-constructed novels for readers of 12 and above about teenagers out of their depth in a grim adult world. Rape, murder and other violent incidents frequently feature in the narratives but are not allowed to become commonplace or acceptable. 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.

After the flying iPhone is thrown from a tower block by a Crow underling during Lucy's ordeal, Tom uses its powers — surfing the web, hacking into secret databases, sending phantom texts — to punish the rapists and harass the criminal hierarchy responsible for his neighbours' troubles, including those of his family.

As Tom's management of his new tools becomes increasingly sophisticated, the text becomes infiltrated by technology in the same way as his brain, punctuated with the material that he downloads to help him make sense of the moral dilemmas that accompany his "iPowers" which include an electric force field, "iSkin" armour and the ability to deliver paralysing electric shocks.

He calls on sources from saints and ancient philosophers to today's technology commentators via s cult TV. Tom's relish in his excursions into mathematics and the binary chapter numbers add to the book's geek appeal.

Above all, Tom's transformation into iBoy, the mystery Crow Town avenger, raises serious questions. Does a just vengeance exist? Is exposure to evil catching? Is Tom's ruthless, pragmatic iBoy self, "in control of being out of control", a self he can live with? The answers the iBrain delivers are only answers if the real Tom knows what to do with them. It's the frightened schoolboy who realises that, to function correctly, an automatic police informant application needs the human judgment the application lacks.

All this makes iBoy more than a slice of urban grit or another tale of an action hero unable to reveal himself to the girl he loves. It also compensates for a few annoyances, such as the frequent swearing and sloppy use of "enervated" as a synonym for "excited". Some of the answers that Tom seeks lie in Lucy's gradual recovery from her ordeal through playing Lois Lane to his Clark Kent, and the gentle nurturing of their relationship in inhospitable terrain.

Tom's grandmother, an unlikely writer of romantic fiction, seems to add to his responsibilities, but it's her wisdom that gives him the strength to survive his trials. Topics Children and teenagers The Observer. Teen books reviews. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Most popular.

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A dolescents tend to think they can rule their known world from anywhere with a phone signal: Kevin Brooks's gripping, streetwise and profound new science-fiction crime thriller for readers of 13 and above is about a boy who can do just that. After a blow on the head from a free-falling smartphone possibly a more common fate than one might suspect , year-old Tom recovers from surgery to find that enough of the device has stayed embedded in his brain to allow him to pluck electronic communications from the ether at will. Since his debut with Martyn Pig in , Brooks has been writing sound, exciting, well-constructed novels for readers of 12 and above about teenagers out of their depth in a grim adult world. Rape, murder and other violent incidents frequently feature in the narratives but are not allowed to become commonplace or acceptable. 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. After the flying iPhone is thrown from a tower block by a Crow underling during Lucy's ordeal, Tom uses its powers — surfing the web, hacking into secret databases, sending phantom texts — to punish the rapists and harass the criminal hierarchy responsible for his neighbours' troubles, including those of his family. As Tom's management of his new tools becomes increasingly sophisticated, the text becomes infiltrated by technology in the same way as his brain, punctuated with the material that he downloads to help him make sense of the moral dilemmas that accompany his "iPowers" which include an electric force field, "iSkin" armour and the ability to deliver paralysing electric shocks.

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iBoy by Kevin Brooks

It is based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Brooks. Living in a gang ridden part of London, teenage boy Tom Harvey struggles to get by with the help of his best friend Danny who gets him a new phone and encourages him to go after his longtime friend Lucy who lives nearby. Lucy asks Tom to help her study for exams to which he happily agrees. Arriving at her flat that night, Tom sees Lucy's brother unconscious and a group of masked thugs coming out of Lucy's room, having raped her and recorded the event.

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