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Proxy (Proxy #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  4,180 ratings  ·  805 reviews
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 sente ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Philomel Books
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Rob Russin
My review at geeksout.org:

Very rarely, I come across a book that manages to surprise me.

We are living in a post-Harry Potter-and-Twilight world, and "young adult fiction" has become synonymous with mediocre imitators of either series. Books for younger readers are lucrative right now, and publishers have swarmed to tales of wizard schools and supernatural romance like flies to a bloated, festering corpse. For every book that manages to find its wings and rise from the rotting carcass of these
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Wendy Darling
This is fantastic joy ride of a book, with cool future tech, nuanced male protagonists (one of whom happens to be gay), good action scenes, interesting discussions of personal responsibility, and terrific twists and turns.

This full text of this review appears in The Midnight Garden. An advance copy was provided by the publisher.

Recommended for: fans of False Memory or Legend.
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 3.5

Poor Sydney Carton. He's got a hard Knox life. Yes, I wrote this entire review just so I could work "hard Knox life" into it somehow.

Remember reading The Whipping Boy in grade school? Remember how much you hated the fact that life could be so unfair? Well, get ready to be even more bitter towards life in this YA dystopian version of it.

This has a plot, but I think it doubles as a social commentary and satire about our culture and how it is devolving. It's about consumerism, deb
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Lindsay
This is an important book. Usually, when a gay teenage boy asks me for a book recommendation, I'm stuck giving him contemporary fiction or "issue" books if he wants a decent book with a gay character. As much as I adore "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" and "Boy Meets Boy," gay teenage boys aren't that different than straight teenage boys when it comes to reading preferences. They want a book with zombies, explosions, robots, or epic battle scenes. I get it. I like books like that too. But good luck ...more
Thomas
4.5 stars

Going along with my idea of book reproduction in my review of Speechless, Proxy would be the child of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Legend by Marie Lu. It blends fast-paced action with a well-fleshed futuristic world, complete with characters that are rife with wit and passion.

Knox has never felt consequences before. A Patron born into one of the City's richest families, he has access to the best technology, clothing, and parties. Every time he makes a mistake, his Proxy - Syd, a hard-
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Lenore
This was a disappointment. The basic idea for the book was decent, but the execution was lacking—to put it mildly.

There are various technical issues, like the unnecessary POV shifts, the paper-thin characterisation, the shallow, dull storyline, or the obvious lack of proper content editing—to just name a few.

The story peaks at around 30% and then it unceremoniously deflates. The author thought he was writing an adventure, but all he accomplished was to make the story drag and wander aimlessly.
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Regan
Solid book. I really appreciated both the racial diversity and the LGBT elements present in this story! Excited to pick up the next one.
Paula Stokes
I got this from my editor friend after seeing it in the Penguin catalog, but as cool as that flap copy is up there, it only scratches the surface.

There are so many good things to say about PROXY, but most of them are spoilery. I can say this: The story blisters along at the speed of a bullet train as the main characters run from an oppressive system of debtors and creditors. I don't know Alex London and I don't want to compare his work to specific other books because some writers find that offen
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Aaron Hartzler
I was up until 2AM finishing this book because there was No. Other. Choice. Alex London has plotted a masterful start to a pulse-pounding series with the deft hand of an expert. He refuses to sacrifice the emotional heart of his characters for cheap thrills, and that makes the breakneck action something more than simply exciting; it makes this nail-biter meaningful . I couldn't believe the final scene, and you won't either. It shocked me, and thrilled me, and left me tweeting the author in the ...more
Dana
Ok, so on the one hand, I read this very fast and definitely was interested to see where it was going. However, the farther along I got, the less interested I was.

Proxy is yet another take on the "this is the future and it sucks" theme so prevalent right now. In a nutshell, there's only the very rich and the very poor, so rich "patrons" hire "proxies" to take their punishments for them; in this way proxies can then pay off part of the debt that virtually every poor person is burdened with.

Which
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Emma (Miss Print)
Syd is an orphan. He doesn't know anything about his past. He doesn't want to think about his present. The only thing that keeps Syd going is that his debt is almost paid. Two more years and Syd's time as a proxy will be done. No more punishments for crimes committed by his patron. No more being seen as less than everything in the eyes of the system. Two more years and Syd will finally be free.

Knox doesn't think much about his past. Or his future. He doesn't have to when he can focus on the pres
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Thibaut Nicodème
Full review on my blog, the Snark Theater.

Original review: All I'll say is OH MY GOD THAT ENDING WAS NOT OKAY WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE I LOVED IT.

Somewhat more thoughtful review: This book is a damn masterpiece of its genre. You know how YA dystopias are generally out of touch with what makes a dystopia work (namely, that the dystopia has to resonate with a social problem of our day) and hinge on the same tired old tropes? Yeah, not here.

It's a borderline deconstruction, in the sense t
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Bookandahug
Move over Hunger Games. Sit down Divergent. Step aside Matched. Here comes PROXY locked and loaded and ready to take you on the ride of your life.

"Terror? Delight? Did it matter?" Knox is racing through the streets at 162 miles an hour planning his next move on Marie, the highly attractive and seemingly available girl in the seat next to him. But the one hand move to her thigh changes his life forever. Marie is dead. Knox is alive and Knox's proxy, Sydney Carton, is about to pay the price for Kn
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Cody Carter
Oh. My. God.
This book left me weak. I kind of just want to walk outside, in the dark, and lay in the middle of the road...
Its was so perfect. So much action. So much everything. Very little romance. It is like my dream book. I can't even. So much character development in so little pages.
I need help. I'm tearing up writing this just thinking about the ending. Just thinking about how tragic it all is. I literally just finished it and now writing this. Its so fresh. So painful.
I want to meet thi
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Paul Lunger
It is quite possible that with "Proxy", Alex London may have in fact written one of the best books of this year & something that should it reach the big screen could become a blockbuster industry for Hollywood. The concept is very simple - the wealthy (known as Patrons) have everything & anything they do wrong is paid for by the poor (the Proxy) who lives revolve around massive debt & punishment. The proxies also have no idea who their patrons are & also are to never meet. It is ...more
goldn_rule
It’s been weeks since I finished the book and I have been putting off the task of writing a review for a while a now. The reason is simple; I don’t have much to write about. Each time I try to put to words what I thought of the book, I manage to conjure a bit fat nothing.

The story revolves around Knox, the quintessential rich kid, and Syd, the impoverished proxy. When Knox breaks the rules, Syd takes the punishment. Knox and Syd are polar opposites; Patron and proxy, prince and pauper, sinner a
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karly
Oh God. This book.

I’m staring at the last page, waiting for a coherent thought on how I feel about this book. And sadly, it would not come. Because I can’t think. I just feel. I keep feeling all these emotions inside of me and I just want to hug myself to sleep.

I never knew I could relate to this book so much (that’s why I literally spent a week to slowly read it). It is definitely, as Marie Lu said it, “OFF-THE-CHARTS-AMAZING.”

Alex London has that talent like Collins, Lu, Roth, Dashner and so m
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Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
Knox is the Patron and Syd is the proxy. In this world, whenever a Patron needs to be punished, all punishments go to the Proxy. Knox got someone killed and in return, Syd is punished. The two meet by chance at a party and when they realize they have more in common than they think, they start to rely on each other and eventually help one another.

What a crazy, intense world! Imagine having someone else get punished for your crazy stunts! I don't know how one can live when the other suffers. I ha
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Armen
I'm still recovering. I... can't..I don't know what to feel. I am torn up between different emotions. ARGH!!! I'm so frustrated, in a good way at least because this book is so awesome!! It definitely conjured some of my becoming dormant feelings.
So, this book is your another post-apocalyptic dystopian novel (quite the craze right now) but this one does not disappoint. The story tells the story of Sydney Carton and Knox Brindle. A proxy and a patron. A debtor and a creditor. Very different lives
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Tori
I received this book via Goodreads First reads program. Oh this book. Where to start? I feel guilty at this book, I mean, they didn't exactly give it out to get bad reviews now, did they? No. But I can't exactly fake a good review just because of guilt, so alas, a bad review is what they'll get.

Proxy starts with the interesting premise that society has split into two groups, the upper class, we-are-rich-and-have-everything class and the poor we-all-live-in-the-gutter-class. What makes it differe
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Erin
Proxy is an original way of re-working the older story of the Whipping Boy, set in a city where the class system is based on debtors and patrons/creditors--those who hold the poor people's debt. In between are middlemen companies who arrange these debt contracts. Syd has been in debt since he was small, and Knox's father owns his debt. Every time Knox does something wrong, Syd is punished while Knox watches from afar.

I just honestly can't figure out why so many people liked this book so much. M
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Hobbes
I did not see that ending coming!

I think I'll be thinking about Syd, Knox, Marie, Egan and Mr Baram for some time... definitely a story that will stay with me.

Proxy takes the idea of the Whipping Boy (a boy, brought up alongside a prince, who is punished in place of the prince when he misbehaves) and puts a dark futuristic spin on it. Rich boy Knox has been the Patron of Poor boy Syd as his Proxy since they were both four years old. Unfortunately for Syd, Knox is a master trouble-maker.

Proxy
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Lily
Easily one of my favorite YA novels. The concept is interesting and the plot is engaging and fast paced.

A lot of YA novels I've read are fairly predictable- Proxy is not. I had my expectations for where I thought it would go based on other books in the genre, and I was blown by the direction it went.

The characters are well written and developed. But be warned. The "gay agenda" is strong with this one. Syd, the protagonist, is gay. He's written as an actual "multidimensional" and "complex" char
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Peyton
Oh my God, SO GOOD. Just as addictive as the Hunger Games or Divergent and it features a lead character who is a queer person of color. SO MUCH YES. Cannot wait for the sequel!
Wesley Rogers
Read this book right now. It's that freaking awesome. That's my review.
Bethany
WHAT!? WHAT!?

Errrghhh these authors and their terrible/amazing endings. Never do they fail to make me absolutely speechless and stung.

Proxy was amazing! It wasn't like I expected it to be at first, but then it was everything I expected it to be.

In this futuristic world, there are the Patrons, and the Proxies. The Patrons are the rich kids, the spoiled ones. Any time they make a mistake, their proxies, the unfortunate poor ones, are punished terribly.

Knox is the patron. Syd is his proxy.

Knox
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Ari
I can't believe I finished in one night!

I knew I said it before but I'll say it again; I hate and love dystopian story.
I hate it that sometime the concept is hard to believe to be exist, but I love it for the adrenalin rush that keeps me alive! Dystopian is my ecstasy!

In Proxy, I'm having a hard time to believe and accept that there's a system which made someone take the punishment for someone else' mistake. I meant in slavery era it might be happened, but the story taken place in the future, wh
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Whitney
In Proxy, the best kind of entertainment doesn't sacrifice action or thrills to world building or a YA-typical romance plot. It jumps right into the action from the beginning, and keeps it coming.

Characters were real and diverse. Refreshingly free from stereotypes. Friendships between the characters, and even the characters themselves, develop so naturally that it redefines what I've always thought of the genre. YA that reaches beyond--with writing quality and layering that shouldn't be thought
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Jennifer
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley to review.


I love love loved this book. The way that the author built up his future was clever. The idea of credit systems, debt, and proxies was well thought out and executed well. The author did a great job of explaining their concept of the future without a giant infodump. Everything was explained concisely and in an easy to understand matter. That is not always the case with science fiction novels, so I appreciated that.

The character de
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Katya
I'm hardly unbiased, but what does that matter when a story is so good? Loving the author just means that I love the parts of his soul that made it into the story--the mordant wit, the unpretentious intelligence, the compassion, and the urgently simple breakdown of weath disparity, debt and surveillance, refugee culture, and, well...scary deserts and terrifying endangered animals. The plot is fast, the characters are human, and no assumption goes unquestioned. So often when I read this kind of Y ...more
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Alex London writes books for adults (One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War), children (Dog Tags series; An Accidental Adventure series) and teens (Proxy). At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he is now a full time novelist living in Brooklyn, NY, where he can be found wandering the streets talking to his dog, who is the real bra
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