Proxy, Some Debts Cannot Be Repaid

It’s not often that you come across a young adult, fiction novel with a concept that you haven’t already encountered before. For those who are hard core readers, one thing you’ll begin to notice is how similar the stories can be from one book to another. What first drew me into reading Proxy was the 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.” -Book Synopsis

Alex London does a great job drawing you into this new world where you witness the collision of two different, yet inexplicably intertwined lives. As the reader, you can’t help but feel for Syd as he is forced to live this life that he truly has no control over, yet, at the same time, you learn to sympathize with Knox as he lives a life where he isn’t truly happy.

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If this had been a movie I would’ve been sitting at the edge of my seat the whole time. It didn’t take me more than a couple of days to finish this book and soon after, I went out and bought the next one. If you’re finding yourself bored this summer, Proxy is surefire way to capture your full attention and keep you busy for a while.

Cristina Gottardi

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