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Book Review: iBoy by Kevin Brooks

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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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