Proxy Review

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Proxy by Alex London

Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: Alex London writes books for adults, children and teens. At one time a journalist who traveled the world reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he now is a full time novelist living in Brooklyn. You can visit Alex London at http://www.calexanderlondon.com

Genre: young adult, science fiction, dystopia, LGBTQIA+

More Info: Kindle edition, 384 pages, published by Philomel Books on June 18, 2013

2.5

 

I read Proxy for Aentee’s (Read at Midnight and @readatmidnight#ReadThemAllThon. Here is my TBR pile for this reading challenge. I was reading this to achieve the Celadon City: Rainbow Badge – read a book featuring diversity. After seeing this challenge, I realized I have not read that many diverse books. One of the main characters in Proxy is a black, gay, male. Here is my current trainer’s card, updated to the point that this review is published (8/22/16 at 10:00):

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Proxy by Alex London is a terrifying futuristic world in which nobody belongs to themselves. Technology and debt come together to make a system that controls humanity. Only the rich survive. Even then, there is betrayal amongst the powerful.

The beginning was slow. The action was there: car accident, torture (of sorts), and death. For me, however, it didn’t really catch my interest.

Until chapter 13. As soon as I hit this chapter, I knew what was going to happen and I was excited. After that, I had no idea where the book was headed. Then, a big secret was revealed in chapter 27, stunning me. The rest of the book is the group attempting to escape and reach the rebel revolutionaries with other twists and turns along the way.

The end wasn’t dramatic, despite the severity of the situation. I felt like there should have been more tension, less acceptance. It went by too fast, though it was explosive. I kind of knew where it was going, which ruined the surprise for me. The semi-peaceful end was fitting in some ways.

“Patrons owned the debt and proxies took their punishments. A simple contract, a free market. Debts had to be paid.”

This dystopian world is messed up. The government technology is like Big Brother in 1984 by George Orwell. Always watching. Through advertisements (advos), purchases, texts, and more, the system can tell everything about you. It can determine your patterns, what food you like, what your sexual orientation is, how you will behave, etc. Creepy in my opinion.

Knox is the patron, the son of a wealthy, rude man who controls the system. He is reckless and a complete flirt. He can hack almost anything, including the system’s technology. Considering current technological advancement, I found the fact that a 16 year old boy can hack into the government’s equipment, unrealistic. All Knox cares about is himself. He is bold, greedy, and inconsiderate. His motivations are selfish. He considers women to be beauty, curves, and a good time. I found his thoughts about females to be sexist and degrading. I don’t know how a guy’s brain works, but hopefully there is more on their minds than just sex on a regular basis. Reminder: WOMEN ARE NOT OBJECTS. By the conclusion, I was glad to see Knox underwent character development without losing his old charms.

Syd, on the other hand, plays for the other team. I was wondering if Knox’s constant obsession with girls was exaggerated in order to underplay Syd’s sexual orientation? Anyways, Syd is the proxy. His life was contracted to Knox since he was a baby, and couldn’t refuse. He doesn’t know who his patron is, but he knows all of his crimes since he is punished for all of them, while his patron lives without fear. Then, he just so happens across his patron, he can tell by the fear in his eyes. He kidnaps and makes his patron help him escape, and they end up on a wild ride of vengeance and revolution.

The jargon was disorienting. In Proxy, the world no longer exists as it does today, the US has changed. With the new names and terms I wasn’t always quite sure what was going on.

Overall, this was an ok book. I loved the ideas and characters. The dystopian world was flawed along with its inhabitants and that made it all the more realistic.

I wish I would have bought this book as a paperback for $6.60, instead of the $10.00 on Amazon Kindle.

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