Review: iBoy by Kevin Brooks

 Book review | iBoy by Kevin Brooks | 4 stars

iBoy by Kevin Brooks

Read by: Stefan Kaminski
Translated by: Uwe-Michael Gutzschhahn
Cover design: Lisa Helm
Cover photo: gettyimages and Lukas Spieker/LUMILON Photos

Silber Fish 2011
ISBN 978 3 86742 687 9

 

Synopsis

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. 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: To avenge Lucy, the girl he loves, will he hunt down the vicious gangsters who hurt her? Will he take the law into his own electric hands and exterminate them from the South London housing projects where, by fear and violence, they rule?

Not even his mental search engine can predict the shocking outcome of iBoy’s actions.


Bullet-point review

★★★★☆

+ sci-fi/fantasy
+ easy to follow story-line
+ friendship
+ Tom’s personality

– not very much excitement
– abridged version


Full Review

As I listened to the abridged version of the audioBook, some of my experiences with this book might be different from if I had read the full version of the book. What I have noticed with this abridged audioBook (and others), is that if you miss one sentence, you could easily miss a plot change. A reason I won’t be getting any new abridged audioBooks anymore. A full audioBook discussion will surely be coming up in the future.

The book itself was a nice mix of sci-fi/fantasy elements. A technological explanation for ‘magical’ powers (although not a scientifically valid one). I really enjoyed exploring the powers with the main character and his decision to become a ‘superhero’, with a superhero name: iBoy.

I also appreciated his relationship to his friend, especially after the incident (calling it that to avoid spoilers, not to negate how horrible it was). He was kind, listened, and tried to do the best he could, not immediately jumping to revenge (as is all to often done in books and real-life).

The events in the book itself weren’t as fascinating or interesting as they could have been; they didn’t really grasp me. Mostly they seemed a bit bland. I’m not sure if that’s due to the fact that it was an abridged version or not.


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