“Put down what you’re doing and read this book. Right now. The complex characters, intricate world, and blistering pace are off-the-charts amazing.” —Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy
Syd’s life is not his own. As a proxy he must to pay for someone else's crimes. When his patron Knox crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. The boys realize the only way to beat the system is to save each other so they flee. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test the boys' resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay.
This fast-paced thrill ride of a novel is full of breakneck action, shocking twists and heart-hammering suspense that will have readers gasping until the very last page.
This edition includes a exclusive bonus story featuring Syd and Knox!
“Looking for an awesome YA summer read? Look no further than Alex London’s Proxy.” —EW.com
“Whipping Boy + Blade Runner with a sprinkling of The Hunger Games (plus, of course, a dash of A Tale of Two Cities) = a treat for teen SF fans.” —Kirkus Reviews
London (the Accidental Adventures series) moves from middle-grade to YA with an entertaining throwback to '70s dystopias like Logan's Run, offering intriguing moral dilemmas amid breakneck action. Knox is a spoiled rich kid who spends his time doing drugs, seducing girls, and occasionally stealing a car for a joyride. He has nothing to worry about, because whenever he gets in trouble, it's his Proxy a slum resident and tech genius named Syd who pays the price, since he's tied to Knox as a result of crippling debt he was born into. When Knox's recklessness gets his latest conquest killed, the consequences and the boys' reactions lead to fast-paced chases, conspiratorial revelations, and assorted twists. London has no qualms about killing off his characters, major or minor, and the matter-of-fact presence of a gay lead (Syd) in an action-driven story is welcome and overdue. Some scenes (like Syd's early escape from "justice") over-rely on coincidence or tech that fails in just the right way, but the novel's ethical questions, tense relationships, and exciting battles will carry readers swiftly through. Ages 12 up.
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Just finished it
I loved it and I was hoping it wouldn't be the only book. I'm glad there's a sequel coming out next year.
Awesome book. So many twists and turns: I was constantly surprised all the way to the end. Definitely a page turner and must read.
Syd is a proxy, looking to end the debt he has incurred. His patron, Knox, never realized what his crimes would lead to. In the end, one would change the world with the help of Marie, an idealist, who neither were sure they could trust.