Monday, September 23, 2013
Proxy by Alex London
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.
What I Liked: 1) First of all, I think this was a very unique idea. It immediately intrigued me and kept me guessing from the very beginning how everything would pan out. The writing was cleverly spun around a tale that I finally recognized (at the very end.) But despite finding similarities to an old classic, it was still remarkably unique! 2) Syd. I couldn't help but like this guy. He had a...Katniss type quality about him, that person who just wants desperately to live in the shadows but is forced into the spotlight in order to save the people he cares about. His emotional state was very easy to decipher without feeling "dumbed down" and his drive was pretty inspiring. 2) Knox. Can't talk about Syd without talking about Knox. Oh, I have to point out that despite Syd being his "Proxy," they look nothing alike. It's not that kind of deal. While I was reminded of that fact several times throughout the book, my imagination was having a hard time separating the two - looks-wise. Anyway, Knox is everything that Syd isn't. Spoiled, privileged, and selfish. Afterall, he's been "acting out" his whole life and never been punished - Syd takes his punishments for him. But one of my favorite parts of the book was watching him evolve under Syd and Marie's influence. Great character development here. 4) The ending. Oh. My. Gosh. I can't even talk about it, it was so good. You know those endings where you think - if that book ended in any other way it just would not have been as good? That's what this one was. It absolutely made the book (and for me, it finally clicked that this story had its roots in a classic favorite - despite the fact that there is a major and very obvious hint from the very beginning). It was beautiful and perfect.
What I Didn't Like: Nothing!
Overall Thoughts: Proxy was a big surprise to me. I had no idea who Alex London was (though I've since visited his website), so reading his writing was a completely new experience. The story was wonderfully creative and unique, and multi-dimensional characters added a level of richness that I love to find in books. From beginning to end, Proxy was a gripping surprise. And that ending! Ah, it just killed me. I highly, highly recommend you take the time to check out Alex London's Proxy - nothing about this book will leave you disappointed!
My Rating: 5 shots
My name's Courtney and I'm a Texas born and bred Book Junkie! I've always loved to read and write. One of my favorite things to do though is to curl up in my fuzzy slippers with a great cup of coffee and a good book. And then tell everyone about it!