Book Review: Proxy (Proxy#1) by Alex London

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Proxy (Proxy#1) by Alex London

Publisher: Philomel

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: June 18, 2013

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

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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.

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Oh, Alex London, You had my attention from the first page, then lost it and then snatched it up again. The characters are well written and nicely developed, giving readers a protagonist they will love (Syd, I love that boy) and one to hate (Knox needs to get high-fived in the face. With a frying pan.) Unfortunately, the explanation behind the world building comes a little too late as well as the reasons for Knox being such an ass all of the time. Nonetheless, I really liked this one and can’t wait for the next.

The novel lost my attention during the middle, although it had a lot of action and suspense and just, aweness (for a lack of a better word) with Syd and Knox, I felt bored and found myself skimming the pages to get to the better parts. Syd and Egan are best friends but at many times, their relationship felt contrived to me and I couldn’t believe some of the things that Egan does in order to help Syd out. With that being said, it’s obvious that some things in this book feel too nicely done for my liking.

Syd is an awesome character, not only is he a character that I wanted to beat up all of the bad guys, I also wanted him to get the guy and have that happy ending that he so totally deserves. Even with him being the ‘chosen one’ it didn’t make too much of an annoying statement. I really liked the idea for the novel as well with and how it really uses the lesson, Everything has consequences to its advantage, London does an excellent job of portraying that. The book also doesn’t have a lot of romance in it which I loved! There was only enough that I think the author will bring it out some more in the next book but didn’t let it overtake the story. Proxy has a great ending also. I was expecting the whole thing to be predictable but then it wasn’t. The ending is really open, readers won’t be sure of anything.

Overall, quite a great read that I think a lot of people will enjoy. I recommend this to anyone who loves science fiction novels with an excellent message about life. I’m hoping that the sequel to Proxy will blow me away better than this one!

3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds

Book Review: Colin Fischer By Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

13589178Colin Fischer By Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Mystery, Humour and young adult

Release Date: November 1, 2012

Pages: 256 (Hard Cover)
Colin Fischer

SOLVING CRIME, ONE FACIAL EXPRESSION AT A TIME

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormentor, didn’t bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn’t have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun…

(My Opinion)

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Ha ha Colin just doesn’t know when to shut up at all. The story is told in third person but mostly focuses on Colin and how he reacts towards his surroundings. The idea behind this story is interesting and funny, Colin is a younger version of Sheldon Cooper in many ways as well as Sherlock Holmes. 

There seems to be a problem between third person books and I. For some reason, the ones that I’ve read are hard to get into and start off very slow. Colin Fischer is no different with a very slow beginning that was difficult to hold my attention. The clues that the authors provide in the book aren’t as insane or intense as I was hoping they would be. It would have been better if the clues were a bit edgier and shocking since no one usually brings a gun to school. Some of the characters are choppy and very stiff. Since the story doesn’t only focus on Colin but also the people he interacts with and I felt characters like Wayne Connelly could have been written smoother with more information about him.

The writing style really fits the voice of Colin because it’s awkward and a bit blunt. I just love Colin! He’s funny and he’s different, he knows a lot about facts and how to investigate things yet, when it comes to people and emotions, he doesn’t understand anything at all. The authors do a fine job by adding little notes and pieces of the things Colin writes about in his notebook rather than just narrating what he puts in it. The relationship between Colin and his family is another thing I like about this story because you can see the struggles his parents go through to make Colin feel comfortable as well make sure they have memories of their son. Another thing I like about this book is that it teaches you a lot. I learned a lot about animals, the history of the world and the people who lived on it, as well as psychological facts. I learned so much that I had to tell the people around me about the new things I learned and how great this book is. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I feel like I can relate to Colin on a personal level about his views on people and how they can be very odd. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that will make you believe that you can become a detective.  A fun, short read that makes people think and realize more about the world around them.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

Gone By Michael Grant

2/5 It took me about 5 months just to finish this book. I could not read this book without developing a huge headache.

Everyone under the age of 15 in the town of Puerto beach lives in something they call the FAYZ. Everyone over the age of 14 is gone. Disappeared. Poof. At first, everyone loves it an don’t worry about homework or school or anything they don’t want to do. Until kids start developing powers and kids get scared and start to group together. It doesn’t help that when they turn 15 that they disappear too.

There is so much that I don’t like that I don’t know which ones I should mention. Okay, I actually do, I hated how Michael Grant told me the whole plot pretty much on the first page. Also, I didn’t like how violent the guys were to the girls, how it seemed like they were powerless towards Sam and Caine. And I hated that the whole thing is in third person. I’m not sure why, but it bothered me a lot.

I liked the fight a lot. The fight between the two groups is amazing, it’s realistic and made me actually pay attention (or maybe that was because I was almost finished the book?). There were only a handful of people that I actually thought were very interesting and one of them is little Pete. Oh and his sister Astrid. As for now, I am slowly finishing my way through the second book in this series, Hunger.