by Alex London [YA London]
life is not his own. In the future people may sell years of their lives
to repay debt, they are Proxies. Society (the rich) encourages this
system. Those born rich are the fortunate Patrons, those born poor have
no choice but to sell their lives to the Patrons just to live. Sixteen
year old Syd is just trying to get by. Going to school and being in the
city has already gotten Syd eighteen years as a Proxy to probably the
worst Patron he could have been stuck with. He has taken beatings and
electric shocks as punishments for his Patron's vandalism and pranks.
But then he faces the worst punishment possible for his Patron. Death.
Knox is a rich kid parting hard and goofing off. Trying to impress a
girl Knox steals one of his dad's high speed hover cars. On the road he
loses control and crashes. He is told the girl is dead and that the
punishment for the murder is death. His Proxy's death. Proxy was a quick
read for me and I did find it entertaining. The author does a good job
at keeping the story moving and for a dystopian I found the idea
original. I thought the interaction between the characters was very
realistic and you can see how they grow from knowing each other. Overall
a very fast paced and action filled story. -- recommended by Wyatt P. - Gere Branch Library
[ official Proxy page on the official Alexander London web site ]
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