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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.
Publisher: New York : Chicken House, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780545317689
Branch Call Number: Y SF Brooks K
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 23, 2018

Tom Harvey was a regular teenager with regular habits and desires- until he was hit on the head with an iPhone. Suddenly when he recovers from surgery he finds himself with extraordinary powers. He has turned into an actualized app.Now he can see and know much more than any human being can.Surprisingly, he now has a level of power which is more than the linear sum of the human brain and an iPhone.When Tom learns that the gang members in the neighborhood have raped his friend and beaten up her brother he gets really angry and with his new powers turns into a vigilante. The rest is usual teenage stuff.However, the gang members and leader are not going to take all this lying down and Tom gets into trouble. When he asks gang leader,Ellman why he does all these bad things he gets a profound answer. "It's all about power.If you've got it you survive.If you haven't you don't." Well, are Tom and his girlfriend Lucy going to survive? The book tells you in a gripping fashion.If there's a young adult on your gift list this would make a great gift.

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

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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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