The adventure novel of the year! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games for its razor-sharp insights into the nature of human survival and its clever writing.
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 will be swept away by this story.
Any additional comments?
Honestly, I just want Audible to hurry up and put the second book on here.
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If you could sum up Proxy in three words, what would they be?
Easy, fun, illogical
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The general idea of proxies is interesting, but there were many instances where things happened that simply would and could never happen. I mean, I'm all for suspension of disbelief in stories, but I like the story to stick to the rules it sets for its universe. There were moments during this book when I was actually saying, "oh, come ooonnn!" out loud. That being said, if you allow yourself to just get over these inconsistencies, this is certainly a fun listen.
What does Andrew Sweeney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Andrew does a wonderful job. I always love listening to a book where the narrator is a guy (or girl), but I don't even notice when they are reading the characters who are the opposite sex. Andrew is one of those narrators. He creates a voice for each character, but none of them are so over the top that they distract from the story.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
There were a few times when I kept listening even after I got out of the car during particularly exciting parts.
Any additional comments?
This is an intriguing idea, and I did enjoy myself overall. One of my favorite things about this book is that the main character is gay but the story isn't about him being gay. His homosexuality is simply a part of who he happens to be. In that regard, this book is ahead of its time.
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Quite good, if you like futuristic post apocalyptic stuff.
I could definitely sense something allegorical going on but it's also good if you're not the literary analysis type.
I'm pretty sure there were some religious overtones.
One of the main characters is LGBT+ but the plot doesn't revolve around it at all, he's just casually gay.
Some of the characters sound like surfer dudes but that's their accents based on where they're from.
I don't know what it is but something felt off about the writing style. It doesn't affect the story, it just feels like some vague second hand awkwardness.
All of this said, I'd been looking to read this book since a couple of years ago and I was not disappointed at all. It lived up to it's hype and kept me hooked. I couldn't stop listening until it was over. If I had to put it any other way, it feels like Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) and Elysium (Movie) had a baby and this is it.
*rings bell* Bury your gays! Bury your gays! (srsly tho if you are hoping for fun times with a gay protagonist lower your expectations. The romance is lame and does not have a happy ending. Potentially traumatizing.)
freedom, debt, social justice, and class issues in a cyber punk world. while I could agree with what was being said about social issues I wasn't particularly entertained or felt like I learned anything new. when there's only one theme in the novel it's hard to not feel beaten over the head by it. that said, I can see it being a very beneficial book for someone else.
It seems perhaps foolish to chastise a children's book for having a plot that feels overly simplistic and that's why I still rated this story so highly. It has a great dialogue dealing with concepts of capitalism and socialism well developed characters that critic the way female, people of color, and queer characters are often written about. I very much enjoyed the way Knox's character seems to be exploring concepts of romantic attraction vs sexual attraction at a level that is understandable and relatable to young audiences!
Loved the narrator, loved the story, loved everything! This story is perfect for people who love sci-fi and I thought it was well written.
Eine Zukunftsvision irgendwo zwischen Minority Report, Blade Runner und Max Headroom. Die reichen 1% leben im Luxus und müssen nichtmal mehr für ihre Straftaten einstehen, denn dafür gibt es Proxys. Arme Bewohner der Slums, die so verschuldet sind, dass sie als Stellvertreter bestraft werden, wenn ihr Patron - Ihr Gläubiger der ihre Schulden aufgekauft hat - Mist baut.
Alex London schafft in Proxy eine lebendige und gar nicht so unglaubwürde Welt zu erschaffen, in der sich dystopische Sozialsatire mit spannender Abenteuerstory mischt. Wenn sich Wohlstandsbengel Knox und sein Proxy Syd überraschend gemeinsam auf der Flucht vor dem System befinden, gibt es keine Verschnaufpause. Und doch findet er immer wieder Platz für Ambivalenzen und Reflexionen. Simple Gut/Böse-Lösungen, einfache Erklärungen verweigert London genau wie pathetische Lovestories. Syd ist vielleicht einer der wenigen schwulen Helden, aber seine Sexualität ist eher ein Teil von ihm als zentraler Handlungspunkt der Geschichte. So wie Hetero-Helden nicht über ihre Heterosexualität definiert werden, ist Schwulsein Syds kleinstes Problem in einer Welt die um ihn herum implodiert. Viel wichtiger sind die Reflexionen über das soziale Konstrukt von Schulden und Besitz und die Frage was passieren würde, wenn tatsächlich der Zähler auf Null gesetzt würde.
Das Buch macht auch in der spannend gelesenen Audioversion Lust auf mehr, die Fortsetzung Guardians wird hoffentlich auch ihren Weg zu Audible finden.