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Book Review: iBoy by Kevin Brooks

When pieces of an iPhone are accidentally embedded into Tom’s brain, he goes from ordinary to extraordinary. Kidzworld reviews the sci-fi book iBoy by Kevin Brooks.

iBrain

Tom Harvey was just an average 16-year-old kid until an iPhone fell from a high-rise apartment building and landed on his head. While his brain surgery was successful, the doctors weren’t able to remove the fine bits of the iPhone that had embedded themselves in his brain. To the doctors, he appeared fine. But to Tom, his whole world was about to change.

Part Human, Part iPhone

Tom realizes that he has capabilities that are more than human. He can access the internet, make a phone call, send text messages, record videos - all with his mind. In an instant he can find any information available online, which will definitely make writing tests a breeze. But his newfound powers go beyond even the abilities of an iPhone. He can electrocute people and create a force field around his body. And it's these powers that come in handy when he discovers the events that led to his hospital visit.

Battered and Bruised

Tom’s close friend Lucy and her brother Ben were attacked in their apartment. With Tom’s new powers, the culprits weren’t hard to find. He takes it upon himself to get revenge. But playing the role of a superhero has its downside. Tom begins to lose his compassion and sense of self. And when the bad guys discover his identity, Tom realizes that it’s not only his own life he’s put on the line.

The Bottom Line

iBoy builds on the classic sci-fi superhero theme by adding a ton of modern twists. This is definitely one of the best teen novels of 2011. If you’re into science fiction, superhero books, iPhones or books for boys, don’t miss this amazing read!

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Mellisa169
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AnnaOfExquizurd
(:P So for Hearth, I'm replacing him with Solomon Wreath from Skulduggery Pleasant . And Blitz is being replaced by Kotake from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ... except a slightly altered version of her, more of a reincarnation, since Link and Zelda are always reincarnated versions of the two same people. XD You can do the same sort of thing with your guys if you want to change the person in some sort of little way. I'll start writing as soon as you pick your dudes out.)
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unicornsrule626
(Yeah. Alrighty!!  Nooo waaay XD YAS!)
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AnnaOfExquizurd
(Since it's not an RP, it's kinda pointless to make forms. We can just divvy up characters to choose, and say, for example: "Magnus is Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians. " If the other person doesn't know the character, they can research them a bit so they're more confident writing with them. So to make this completely random, I used a random number picker to assign characters to each of us. The randomness came up with you choosing the replacements for Magnus and Sam, and for me to do Hearth and Blitz.)
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unicornsrule626
"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote: (Nice! So we're doing  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard ? And, it'd be more fun to write this with fictional characters from other universes. If we were doing  The Sword of Summer , here's the people we would likely replace with some of those swapped dudes: Magnus Blitz Hearthstone Samirah Yeah? And since this would be considered a roleplay if we just took small turns, we'll write it in larger chunks and just leave off where the other continues, and choose where each of us keeps going. I could start it out after we determine the characters, if that was confusing.) (Yeah. ok! YAY you even listed the charactersssss!!! And that's exactly what i was thinking XD It was confusing. Should be make forms?......and you can start if you want XD) 
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