Are you inseparable from your cellphone, iPhone or iPod Touch? You have instant access to information and can connect with friends and family at the touch of a screen. Imagine though, if you had access to any cellphone, could hack into any computer system, and you had your own built-in defence system. When Tom Harvey wakes up in hospital with fragments of an iPhone imbedded in his brain, this power is inside him.
In Kevin Brooks’ new book, iBoy, Tom lives in a high-rise housing estate where violence, drugs and gangs are a part of daily life. At nine and a half minutes to four on a Friday afternoon, as Tom is walking back to his flat, a 32 GB iPhone is thrown out a window on the 30th floor, landing on Tom and shattering his skull. When he wakes in the hospital, he discovers two things 1) that his friend, Lucy, has been brutally assaulted and 2) fragments of the iPhone are still imbedded in his brain and have given him the powers of an iPhone plus much more. Tom becomes ‘iBoy‘ and must now decide whether he will use his powers to exact revenge on those who have hurt Lucy or keep quiet. But will Tom be able to control his powers or will iBoy take over?
Although Kevin Brooks has been writing for years I’ve only just discovered him. His stories are gritty and often portray the harsh realities of life, but his characters are just normal teenagers who have to find ways to deal with their problems. Unlike some young adult novels, Brooks doesn’t pile his characters up with problems just for the sake of it.