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Guardian (Proxy #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,043 ratings  ·  184 reviews
The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with hi
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 29th 2014 by Philomel
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Mc Manalo
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The second book in the Proxy trilogy had me worried. Proxy was an overthrow novel, a book about an unfair government being taken down by a ragtag band of desperate fugitives. Lots of Big Think, plus lots of chases! How do you follow that up?

Wow, though. Guardian is what happens when the oligarchs have been overthrown and the Maoists take over. Sort-of-Maoists. Let's not split hairs. Maoists. And man, you think oligarchs are fun enemies - ain't nobody you want to see get their teeth stove in like
[Insert internal squealing here]
I really want that to be Knox. Please let it be Knox. PLEASE. I'm hoping that it's not 'Liam' or whatever the guy mentioned in the blurb. You can never replace Knox's sassiness.
Anna 光 Smyth

*takes deep breath*

One of the reasons why I loved Guardian was that unlike the usual dystopian series it's set after the revolution that destroys the old society.
Guardian is set a few months after Proxy,there is no longer a network and now Syd is considered by most a hero and by others a destroyer -most unaware that Knox was the one to bring down the system.
Syd is unwillingly taking part in the savior charade,we can tell from the start he feels guilty over Knox's death.
Adam Silvera
GUARDIAN is the sequel I didn't realize I needed. Really incredible.


Alex London settles scores in this stirring sequel to Proxy. In the first book, orphan Syd served as a proxy to Knox, a rich patron, accepting all the punishments for Knox's crimes since childhood. But after Knox met Syd, he aided him in a revolution and paid the price of his life for the greater good.

Knox's sacrifice has marked 17-year-old Syd as a symbol for hope--he's now Yovel, the
If Proxy felt like the progeny of Uglies and Legend, Guardian feels like the lovechild of The Maze Runner by James Dashner and Feed by Mira Grant. Now that former Proxy Syd has overthrown the old government with the help of his friends, he must deal with the Revolution, a new way of life led by Rebooters who want to use Syd as the face of their uprising. While battles erupt between revolutionaries and those who advocate for the old system, a disease starts to infect everyone, making their veins ...more
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Spectacular! Even better than the first part. Mostly because the first part is given, you always expect rebels to actually overpower the goverment at some point if we're talking about dystopia, but the aftermath is not something we're used to.And one thing a peaceful aftermath, completely another is aftermath that is different from what it have been, but no better. It's not a surprise that character's POVs got bitter, much more desperate.

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I really, really, really like the ideas behind Alex London's work, but unfortunately the writing is so sloppy and sometimes hard to read that it obscures what he's trying to do.

Guardian is a slog for the first 100+ pages. It picks up post-Jubilee, six months after Proxy. Everything is awful for everyone. The societies in this world seem to be very textbook Marxist; where the hyper-capitalistic society of Proxy is the thesis, the almost comical communism of Guardian is antithesis, and whatever ma
Oct 31, 2013 Claudia marked it as to-read
God damn you have no idea how excited I am for this book to be released.
Yes. Just yes.

Note: I will hide spoilers pertaining to this particular book in this review, however it is impossible to discuss Guardian without mentioning some spoilers from Proxy (the first book in the series) so if you haven't read Proxy, stop reading this, go get Proxy immediately, read it, fall in love with it, and then come back and read my review :)

I was apprehensive, after the brilliance that was Proxy, wondering if the sequel would do it justice. It totally did, and cemented Alex London
Wow. Wowie wow wow.

Shoutout to Alex London for reverting me back into my totally embarrassing fangirl self.

I didn't think it was possible for me to like this more than I liked Proxy, but Guardian totally blew me away.

I loved the plot and the characters, and I think Guardian really opens up some big things in terms of representation. How often do you see a (view spoiler)

Roy Mendes
Guardian is an excellent sequel to Proxy, and a great breath of fresh air as far as sequels go. In a way of sweeping generalization, many books these days seem to continue on in a series without really exploring the fallout from the book previous, almost rehashing exactly what went on prior. Guardian is an exception to this. Continuing on after quite some time after Proxy, Syd Carton is definitely changed from his experiences. Only a few people still call him by his orphan name, opting instead t ...more
Cody Carter
Took me a month to finish, but i did it!
Well this book was amazing. From the start I was in love. Hard to remember the beginning because I took so long to read it but there was action and that's what I like. But the Middle and end was superb.
The last about 50 pages I had my brow furrowed because i was so damn interested and couldn't stop thinking what was happening. It was magnificent! And the last major part when they are jumping off the skyscraper with the nopes had me captivated.
A perfect s
Adriana C
After Proxys ending, I needed to read its sequel immediately. And I really enjoyed Guardian.

The story begins six months later after Proxy and Syd is now known as Yovel and is the face of the revolution, his savior, a key part of the Reconciliation (formerly known as Rebooters) and while he is adored by many, hes also hated by the Machinists, they want him dead (They were the rich people of Mountain City and await the return of technology), and for this last thing Syd needs a bodyguard all the ti
Lucy Russing
Jun 30, 2014 Lucy Russing rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Okay, let me just say. Oh. My. GOD!!!!
I freaking LOVED this book, the loveable characters and thrilling plot broke all boundaries! I mean, I didn't think it could get much better then the first book, but boy was I wrong!
Alex London twists your hearts around these diamonds-in-the-ruff characters until you love them, maybe more, then they love each other. You can feel it all playing around, the emotions are so strong without even trying. At the same time, the plot spills out like a jigsaw puzzle,
Shay (The Story Goes...)
So you know how these days a lot of the time you read the first book in a series/trilogy/duology and it's completely awesome and it pulls you in and consumes you and you spend a year obsessively stalking the Internet for every little scrap of info as you patiently(ha) wait for the sequel to FINALLY come out and then a lot of the time it's kind of a disappointment? It's not that it's bad but it's just not quite as good? It's as if the author lost momentum some where? Well not with this book! It i ...more
Guardian is not as comical as the first book in the series but still a very fast paced action packed story. The book is filled with plenty of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.
DNF'd. I don't care about Liam, I care even less about Marie and Syd is starting to irritate me. I worship Proxy but Guardian has been disappointment in every way. I don't care about the characters left and I don't enjoy reading it, so yeah. Proxy will always be one of my favourites.

Maybe I'll read Guardian someday but not now.
Nina M
Jan 31, 2015 Nina M rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nina by: Abby
Ok so this book was pretty good. I really enjoyed all of the characters. They were all really unique and I loved seeing all of their different motivators and how that affected their actions. I also loved the little relationship in this and I ship it so hard! As far as the plot goes I think it was pretty good. I just think there were too many deaths for my taste. Like I get that it's a dystopian, and people are going to die, but it just hit my really hard and weirdly enough I found it kind of har ...more
Agggh!!! Oh my goodness, this was AMAZING. I knew I'd like it since its prequel was fabulous, but I didn't understand how much better this one could be. I really hope that there will be a sequel, but if not I can be content with this ending. (Now I really want to read it again.)
I like the cover, but I see Syd and someone who is Not Knox. Knox can not be dead. I am thinking they might resurrect Knox because of what the ad said in the zoo about the dog resurrection so they better resurrect Knox!!!!
i need to take a break from everything
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Joana Aleixo
Oh well.. I knew that shutting down the network wasn't going to be good.. I don't even know if things were worse in this book or in the previews one.

It really enjoyed readying this. I still felt sad for Knox being gone but I really liked Liam.

Just like in the last one, I really wished there was more romance to it. I would have liked seeing Liam and Syd together for longer.

But I liked the ending. I'm happy they are together. Maybe this time the system will work....

Part of me wants a third boo
Thibaut Nicodème
Full review on my blog, the Snark Theater.

This is mostly a cased of failing to meet expectations while still being really awesome. When I think about this book I still feel bitter and nostalgic towards its predecessor.

That said, it does some really good things! It sets up an entirely new dystopia from the one that existed and makes it work just as well! It shows thematically that this new totalitarianism isn't any better than the previous one! That's really the best part.

The problem is…basically
This is definitely a great sequel, and it's more than I could have hoped for.


Concerning Knox, I see a lot of people saying that they wanted him to come back, or be resurrected, and while I want the same, I'm happy they didn't. I love Knox as a character. His sass is irreplaceable and he brought some light in Proxy's dim world. Lord knows Guardian could have used some of that light. But I like that they gave room for grief, instead. I love how Syd and Marie miss their friend, and how Sy
Love it. Amazing sequel with new, brave, complex characters. Thanks Mr London!!
Raeleen Lemay
This book was a great sequel!

Video review soon.
Andrew (BritBookBoy)
It was the one law of history she began to understand: Even an organisation dedicated to equality would find a way to privilege an elite few.

The end of Proxy left its world in tatters, and its cast down a man. After tearing apart the entire network and the proxy/patron system in its wake, Syd is left to mask his grief and be the face of the revolution in this new post-Jubilee world. Though something sinister is at work, and everyone soon realises that maybe the old world wasn’t quite so bad af
What exactly happens post-dystopia?

‘Guardian’, the sequel to ‘Proxy’, is a bit of an interesting sequel in that the first was a dystopian that while didn’t exactly wrap up neatly, felt like it could have been a standalone. Unlike other series that use the entire trilogy to bring down the dystopian, ‘Proxy’ did that all in the opening book, so when a sequel was announced, I was in parts excited, and a little wary. Now after finishing it, I do find myself impressed with the direction the story too
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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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