Proxy 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 b

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 senteKnox 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 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.

  • ↠ Proxy Ô Alex London C. Alexander London
    164 Alex London C. Alexander London

  1. The Short Version Alex London writes books for adults One Day The Soldiers Came Voices of Children in War , children Dog Tags series An Accidental Adventure series and teens Proxy At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he is now a full time novelist living in Brooklyn, NY, where he can be found wandering the streets talking to his dog, who is the real brains of the operation.The Long Version C Alexander London grew up in Balti, Maryland He s an author of nonfiction for grown ups under a slightly different not very secret name , books for teens as Alex Londone above , and, younger readers He once won a 12 gauge skeet shooting tournament because no one else had signed up in his age group He s a Master SCUBA diver who hasn t been diving in way too long, and, most excitingly, a fully licensed librarian He used to know the Dewey Decimal System from memory.He doesn t any.While traveling as a journalist, he watched television in 23 countries Burmese soap operas were the most confusing Cuban news reports were the most dull , survived an erupting volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a hurricane on small island in the Caribbean, 4 civil wars one of them was over by the time he got there, thankfully , and a mysterious bite on his little toe in the jungles of Thailand The bite got infected and swollen and gross and gave him a deep mistrust of lizards, even though it probably wasn t a lizard that bit him.Although he has had many adventures, he really does prefer curling up on the couch and watching some good television or reading a book He enjoys danger and intrigue far when it s happening to somebody else.He lives in Brooklyn, NY.See also C Alexander London and Charles London

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  1. My review at geeksout Very rarely, I come across a book that manages to surprise me We are living in a post Harry Potter and Twilight world, and young adult fiction has become synonymous with mediocre imitators of either series Books for younger readers are lucrative right now, and publishers have swarmed to tales of wizard schools and supernatural romance like flies to a bloated, festering corpse For every book that manages to find its wings and rise from the rotting carcass of these peripheral [...]

  2. Actual rating 3.5Poor Sydney Carton He s got a hard Knox life Yes, I wrote this entire review just so I could work hard Knox life into it somehow.Remember reading The Whipping Boy in grade school Remember how much you hated the fact that life could be so unfair Well, get ready to be even bitter towards life in this YA dystopian version of it.This has a plot, but I think it doubles as a social commentary and satire about our culture and how it is devolving It s about consumerism, debt, the unfai [...]

  3. This is fantastic joy ride of a book, with cool future tech, nuanced male protagonists one of whom happens to be gay , good action scenes, interesting discussions of personal responsibility, and terrific twists and turns This full text of this review appears in The Midnight Garden An advance copy was provided by the publisher.Recommended for fans of False Memory or Legend.

  4. This is an important book Usually, when a gay teenage boy asks me for a book recommendation, I m stuck giving him contemporary fiction or issue books if he wants a decent book with a gay character As much as I adore Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Boy Meets Boy, gay teenage boys aren t that different than straight teenage boys when it comes to reading preferences They want a book with zombies, explosions, robots, or epic battle scenes I get it I like books like that too But good luck finding an a [...]

  5. Life is too short for perpetual misery 3.5 5A diverse, dystopian, queer and action packed story, with lots of unexpected turns.In the beginning I had difficulties understanding the world our main character lives in, especially the system and the technical terms And while I, being the hopeless romantic that I am, could ve wished for a little romance, this novel had a good pace and great writing.Find of my books on Instagram

  6. 4.5 starsGoing along with my idea of book reproduction in my review of Speechless, Proxy would be the child of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Legend by Marie Lu It blends fast paced action with a well fleshed futuristic world, complete with characters that are rife with wit and passion.Knox has never felt consequences before A Patron born into one of the City s richest families, he has access to the best technology, clothing, and parties Every time he makes a mistake, his Proxy Syd, a hard worke [...]

  7. This was a disappointment The basic idea for the book was decent, but the execution was lacking to put it mildly There are various technical issues, like the unnecessary POV shifts, the paper thin characterisation, the shallow, dull storyline, or the obvious lack of proper content editing to just name a few The story peaks at around 30% and then it unceremoniously deflates The author thought he was writing an adventure, but all he accomplished was to make the story drag and wander aimlessly Also [...]

  8. Solid book I really appreciated both the racial diversity and the LGBT elements present in this story Excited to pick up the next one.

  9. Wow, I didn t really know what to expect going into this People recommended it to me when I asked for LGBT reads after Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe And I can say I m pleasantly surprised I also read this for diverseathon , and it ended up being perfect for that Not only is the main character gay, but he s also a person of color.Besides all that, I really enjoyed this novel on its own Syd was super realistic in his thoughts about situations, I thought He seemed real t [...]

  10. Alex London s Proxy creates a fascinating dystopian culture of debt and credit Syd was an orphan so he owes a debt to society When his debt is purchased he becomes a Proxy for Knox a wealthy Patron If Syd needs anything, like school, food, shelter he can turn to his Patron But that only means debt As a Proxy, Syd bears the punishment for anything Knox does When Knox needs to be punished it s Syd that gets shocked or forced to perform hard labor while his Patron has to watch When sixteen year ol [...]

  11. I was up until 2AM finishing this book because there was No Other Choice Alex London has plotted a masterful start to a pulse pounding series with the deft hand of an expert He refuses to sacrifice the emotional heart of his characters for cheap thrills, and that makes the breakneck action something than simply exciting it makes this nail biter meaningful I couldn t believe the final scene, and you won t either It shocked me, and thrilled me, and left me tweeting the author in the middle of the [...]

  12. Oh My God This book left me weak I kind of just want to walk outside, in the dark, and lay in the middle of the roadIts was so perfect So much action So much everything Very little romance It is like my dream book I can t even So much character development in so little pages I need help I m tearing up writing this just thinking about the ending Just thinking about how tragic it all is I literally just finished it and now writing this Its so fresh So painful I want to meet this author and praise [...]

  13. I got this from my editor friend after seeing it in the Penguin catalog, but as cool as that flap copy is up there, it only scratches the surface.There are so many good things to say about PROXY, but most of them are spoilery I can say this The story blisters along at the speed of a bullet train as the main characters run from an oppressive system of debtors and creditors I don t know Alex London and I don t want to compare his work to specific other books because some writers find that offensiv [...]

  14. Ok, so on the one hand, I read this very fast and definitely was interested to see where it was going However, the farther along I got, the less interested I was.Proxy is yet another take on the this is the future and it sucks theme so prevalent right now In a nutshell, there s only the very rich and the very poor, so rich patrons hire proxies to take their punishments for them in this way proxies can then pay off part of the debt that virtually every poor person is burdened with.Which brings me [...]

  15. Full review on my blog, the Snark Theater.Original review All I ll say is OH MY GOD THAT ENDING WAS NOT OKAY WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE I LOVED IT.Somewhat thoughtful review This book is a damn masterpiece of its genre You know how YA dystopias are generally out of touch with what makes a dystopia work namely, that the dystopia has to resonate with a social problem of our day and hinge on the same tired old tropes Yeah, not here.It s a borderline deconstruction, in the sense that Madoka [...]

  16. Syd is an orphan He doesn t know anything about his past He doesn t want to think about his present The only thing that keeps Syd going is that his debt is almost paid Two years and Syd s time as a proxy will be done No punishments for crimes committed by his patron No being seen as less than everything in the eyes of the system Two years and Syd will finally be free.Knox doesn t think much about his past Or his future He doesn t have to when he can focus on the present and all of the indulg [...]

  17. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON SHELF AWARENESS Alex London is better known as C Alexander London, author of the Accidental Adventures series for the middle grade crowd But here he crashes onto the YA scene with a futuristic spin on Sid Fleischman s Newbery Medal winning The Whipping Boy.In an unfair society where civilization is far from free, 16 year old orphan Sydney Carton named after the character from A Tale of Two Cities has amassed 18 years of debt, owed to the Xelon Corporation Syd is a proxy t [...]

  18. Oh God This book.I m staring at the last page, waiting for a coherent thought on how I feel about this book And sadly, it would not come Because I can t think I just feel I keep feeling all these emotions inside of me and I just want to hug myself to sleep.I never knew I could relate to this book so much that s why I literally spent a week to slowly read it It is definitely, as Marie Lu said it, OFF THE CHARTS AMAZING Alex London has that talent like Collins, Lu, Roth, Dashner and so many , wher [...]

  19. It is quite possible that with Proxy , Alex London may have in fact written one of the best books of this year something that should it reach the big screen could become a blockbuster industry for Hollywood The concept is very simple the wealthy known as Patrons have everything anything they do wrong is paid for by the poor the Proxy who lives revolve around massive debt punishment The proxies also have no idea who their patrons are also are to never meet It is this system which works to keep or [...]

  20. 4.25 Make sure you imagine Syd as black it doesn t tell you until like 30 pages in Also Syd is gay if you are looking for an lgbt bookG THAT ENDING The first 200 pages were really amazing Best book I ve read so far over 3 months amazing The world is so awesome There are robots and gadgets and hacking Then the desert canyon traveling part of the story hit for 100 pages That part wasn t great It wasn t terrible just not nearly as cool as when they were in the city I ve seen it a few times in books [...]

  21. Move over Hunger Games Sit down Divergent Step aside Matched Here comes PROXY locked and loaded and ready to take you on the ride of your life Terror Delight Did it matter Knox is racing through the streets at 162 miles an hour planning his next move on Marie, the highly attractive and seemingly available girl in the seat next to him But the one hand move to her thigh changes his life forever Marie is dead Knox is alive and Knox s proxy, Sydney Carton, is about to pay the price for Knox s mistak [...]

  22. Actual rating of 4.25 stars.I tried reading this book once before, a little over a year ago I didn t get than 10 pages in, partly because I was reading on a train and finding it difficult to block out my surroundings, but also because it just didn t captivate me.WellIt certainly captivated me this time around This dystopian world that Alex London introduces you to is fascinating He s created an entire system, and imagined it well It s scary in how true it could be Another thing that Proxy does [...]

  23. Exact rating 4.5This book started off rather confusing Especially with its high tech settings, it took me quite some time to settle and inject myself into the world It got better and better after getting used to the settings and characters This has to be one of the books that will literally make you laugh out loud, thus making this one of the funniest book I ve ever read There were plot twists throughout the book and I spoiled myself for everyone of them because my hands wouldn t stay still and [...]

  24. Cry at the corner of the room This book is absolutely awesome.The love story is good too, but I don t know which one.The trio friendship was awesome And the problem is, the ending I m done I need book 2 now

  25. DNF at 50% I think Started out well but I just couldn t any The concept was different but too many mental flags for me shrugs Not terrible but just not for me I guess

  26. 4.5 starsThis review can also be found at fortheloveofbooksreviewss In the City, there are patrons, and there are proxies Patrons pay proxies to take on their debt, which includes punishments for misbehavior and crimes Knox is a wealthy teenage boy who has lived a privileged life, especially compared to Syd, his proxy, who lives in the poorer area of town Syd has spent almost his whole life being punished for Knox He s having a fairly normal, if slightly unfortunate day he s had to give blood fo [...]

  27. I can t believe I finished in one night I knew I said it before but I ll say it again I hate and love dystopian story.I hate it that sometime the concept is hard to believe to be exist, but I love it for the adrenalin rush that keeps me alive Dystopian is my ecstasy In Proxy, I m having a hard time to believe and accept that there s a system which made someone take the punishment for someone else mistake I meant in slavery era it might be happened, but the story taken place in the future, when e [...]

  28. It s been weeks since I finished the book and I have been putting off the task of writing a review for a while a now The reason is simple I don t have much to write about Each time I try to put to words what I thought of the book, I manage to conjure a bit fat nothing The story revolves around Knox, the quintessential rich kid, and Syd, the impoverished proxy When Knox breaks the rules, Syd takes the punishment Knox and Syd are polar opposites Patron and proxy, prince and pauper, sinner and sain [...]

  29. Knox is the Patron and Syd is the proxy In this world, whenever a Patron needs to be punished, all punishments go to the Proxy Knox got someone killed and in return, Syd is punished The two meet by chance at a party and when they realize they have in common than they think, they start to rely on each other and eventually help one another What a crazy, intense world Imagine having someone else get punished for your crazy stunts I don t know how one can live when the other suffers I have trouble [...]

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