Wednesday, September 24, 2014



by Alex London


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.

A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz''s Alex Rider series, James Dashner''s Maze Runner, Patrick Ness''s Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu''s Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.

My thoughts:

Imagine never having to pay for a wrong you do?  This is the life of Knox.  He was born wealthy and as a Patron whenever he does wrong, his Proxy is the one punished.  
Imagine having to pay for the wrong someone else does?  Someone breaks something and you are fined? Someone steals something and you are penalized.  This is the life of Sid.  

He is Proxy to Knox and when Knox crashes a car, killing his latest girlfriend, Syd is branded and sentenced to 16 years at the Old Sterling Work Colony.  Too great a punishment for Syd to bear, he escapes.  An action packed thrill ride results and Syd meets up with Knox, who helps him flee.  Fans of Dashner’s Maze Runner Trilogy and Horowitz’s Alex Rider series will be thrilled with the nonstop action and heart hammering suspense.  Recommended to both avid and reluctant readers.

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