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Being

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,431 Ratings  ·  329 Reviews
"The Fugitive" meets "Blade Runner" with a Kevin Brooks kick in this heart-stopper about a boy who discovers he's not one hundred percent human.

It was just supposed to be a routine exam. But when the doctors snake the fiber-optic tube down Robert Smith's throat, what they discover doesn't make medical sense. Plastic casings. Silver filaments. Moving metal parts. In his nak
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Push (first published January 1st 2007)
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Allie93nc This is probably my favorite book. Back in the day if you messaged Kevin Brooks on myspace he would respond. I once asked about the book Lucas but…moreThis is probably my favorite book. Back in the day if you messaged Kevin Brooks on myspace he would respond. I once asked about the book Lucas but never about this book since it hadn't come out then. I'm assuming, after 9 years, he probably won't be writing about Robert and Edy again. I had always hoped for a sequel but after this time and Brooks' involvement with other works, I'd say he wasn't planning on extending this particular journey. But, one can always hope! (less)
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Kyle
May 04, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ended up being more philosophical than I had expected but I still enjoyed it.

So, you’re sixteen and you’re having some stomach pain. Your foster parents have to work so you go to the doctor’s appointment by yourself. It’s just routine they said. No big deal. So why not right? It’s just a simple fiber-optic camera down the throat. What could go wrong?

When Robert Smith wakes up during the middle of the procedure and learns his insides are wires, oil, pumps and plastic, he begins a long struggle t
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Ying
Jan 11, 2014 Ying rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I HATE THIS BOOK. But because it has the worse ending ever!!! I didn't get to find anything out about Ryan or Robert!!!! What kind of ending is that?!?! Aside from that, I thought it was a good book and it left me hanging 'till the last few pages. I would not reccommend this book because it will leave you infuriated when you reach the last page. Damn you Kevin Brooks!!!!!
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This was a big disappointment. From the blurb, the story sounded absolutely amazing - the potential was definitely there. However, it unfortunately didn't work at all. Although it was a very easy read, the story itself was weak, the writing repetitive and the main character was just not likeable. I did enjoy reading about Eddi and Robert's relationship and how it evolved, but that was about it. I was so disappointed that we didn't really find anything out about Robert or his body, considering th ...more
Ne Ne
May 15, 2008 Ne Ne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-4-class
This book was one of those types of books that keep you on the edge of your seat. Imagine thinking you're normal, and like everyone else, but coming to find out, you are FAR from normal. Or at least not a normal HUMAN being. Robert had to find out the hard way that he was not normal at all when he went in to have an endoscopy done on his stomach. Sounds simple, but in the midst of his endoscopy, Robert wakes up only to hear the "doctors" talking about them. "what is he?" "What the hell are those ...more
Terry Brooks
Aug 04, 2011 Terry Brooks rated it it was amazing
I haven't read a new book in the last 30 days that I feel strongly enough about to want to review and recommend. So I am going back in time to the work of Kevin Brooks (no relation) out of England and suggest you take a look at BEING. I might have talked about his books before, but if I have, forgive me for suggesting BEING. This is still one of the best young adult science fiction books ever written. Right up there with Nancy Farmer's HOUSE OF THE SCORPION. Here's the set-up. What if you were t ...more
C (Knightingale Reviews)
Summary of the story:

Robert Smith once believed that he was a normal sixteen-year-old boy . . . and human. However, one single event changes his life forever. Robert arrives at the hospital to undergo a routine endoscopy to confirm suspicions of possible stomach ulcers. Of course, the teen is nervous, anxious, and uncertain about what is about to happen. After being injected with an anesthetic, the doctors place the telescopic tube down Robert's throat and come across a shocking discovery.... wh
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Kaisa
Apr 06, 2011 Kaisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nope. Don't get it. What's the point, really?
The first half is pretty engaging. Machine parts, is he a cyborg? There's a girl! He has to run away from mysterious men in suits... All that is fine.
But then they run away to Spain? And they stay there.... completely safe... living their lives...
And I found myself thinking: Did it even matter that he's part machine? This book is definitely not about that. It's not really about anything that the front or the back of the book seems to advertise.
Basical
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Eunice
I was in a bookstore and some of the books were on sale. And as I pick this book, I read the blurb and it caught my interest. Well, on the blurb it sounds interesting. So I decided to buy this book needless to say that I took the advantage of it being on sale.

As I read on, it seemed worthy but when I was on the latter chapters, I was thinking if when will the true identity/being/kind of Robert be revealed. And man, it didn't! I was so disappointed and to be honest, it's as if I wasted a week in
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Nicola
Jul 24, 2011 Nicola rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was okay. A quick, easy read but nothing special or memorable. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, because they just weren't realistic. Eddi was literally whoever she decided to be, and Robert didn't act like a normal teenage boy. He found out his body was basically a machine, but just took it completely in his stride. The ending was a let down. I wanted to find out HOW Robert came to be the way he was, but we were told nothing and I felt no sense of closure. It was an all right bo ...more
Alz
May 14, 2013 Alz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-mg, contemporary
1.5 stars not because it's a BAD book, but because it's ultimately unsatisfying because of the misleading blurb and, well, a bunch of other reasons.

I was pretty into it when I started--it's fast-paced, very much in the now, and you've got the same questions as Robert--what am I? What's going on?--and the action-packed excitement of his escape and harrowing chase and chance encounters when he has to decide to trust people or not range from decent to great. Some of the descriptions in the beginnin
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

Robert Smith was waiting for the nurse to call him into the doctor's office to prepare him for his scheduled endoscopy, not realizing it would be the last normal day in his life. Once called into the office, Robert was put under anesthetic and doctors went about putting a tube down his throat in order to find out what was causing his stomach discomfort. Unexpectedly, Robert woke up before he was supposed to and realized he was in a different room with
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Karin
Jan 06, 2008 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Robert Smith was waiting for the nurse to call him into the doctor's office to prepare him for his scheduled endoscopy, not realizing it would be the last normal day in his life. Once called into the office, Robert was put under anesthetic and doctors went about putting a tube down his throat in order to find out what was causing his stomach discomfort. Unexpectedly, Robert woke up before he was supposed to and realized he was in a different room with many people he didn't recognize. He heard ph ...more
Phil Morgan
Jun 06, 2015 Phil Morgan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
I have enjoyed Kevin Brooks' stories in the past; Black Rabbit Summer, and Naked being the other two I've read and enjoyed. So when Being was recommended to me I thought Why not?

If I had known that the entire premise of the story would feel pointless, then I would have left it, forgotten the story existed, and put it down to the author "having a bad day". As it is, I did read it, and tried to enjoy it for what it was. I am fan of Sci-fi, and Brooks so forced myself through it.

If you have four h
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Deylyn Brizuela
Apr 13, 2010 Deylyn Brizuela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sydney
After doctors preform an endoscopy on Robert Smith, his preception of himself becomes rattled and confused. Contious but still anaesthetised, he can hear harsh mummurs and the commotion of an operation gone wrong. The surgeons hadn't exactly found what they were looking for hidden deep inside the hollow stomach of Robert. Instead they have found something intirely different, a network of mysterious and technological implants. Frightened the surgeon crew call a goverment agency in secret, and a ...more
Brooke
Dec 05, 2008 Brooke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Being by Kevin Brooks
In the book Being by Kevin Brooks there are a lot of freaky things that happen. These aren’t your everyday freaky things like your sister wanting to fly to space to meet a bunch of aliens or your brother wanting a piece of candy so he can lick it and give it to someone else or anything like that. It is freaky things like going into a surgery and your body being awake inside when it is suppose to be unconscious and being able to feel everything going on inside of you but show
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Austin 8-2-2
If you want an honest, thought over opinion, I didn’t really care for this book. I believed that it was going to turn out to be one of my all time favorites. But, in the end I was proved wrong. This book was going smoothly from the beginning, with the suspense, and drama, in the end these qualities make up a good story but I think that they were over used way too much. I also enjoy a book that has questions that you can’t wait to solve because that’s what brings you back to keep reading. But, wh ...more
Belinda
Aug 05, 2011 Belinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: okay-books, sci-fi, reviews, ya
note: may contain spiolers

At first it was pretty boring, and you could easily forget you were reading it once you've placed it down. But then, if you still remembered, and continued to read it, it starts to pick up its pace and the story starts moving.
But, it's one of those stories riddled with holes.

Nothing's really explained clearly. You get the gist of it.

A guy called Robert Smith goes to get an endoscopy, this basic operation that doctors have done many times before and should have been a no
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Alim Yai
Oct 28, 2014 Alim Yai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Brooks WHY did you do this to me?
What kind of ending is that? This book is such a good book, and I was wondering why this book got so many bad rates but I see WHY now.
It's like the author got sick of using his mind and decided you know what I’m just going to kill eddi, leave the bad guy alive, and not let everyone know who or what Robert is.
IS there a sequel to this book??? If there is then I'll change my review, because this book is really good and definitely deserves to be read (multiple
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Rivkah
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Captain Jacq
Jul 12, 2011 Captain Jacq rated it it was ok
From the moment I read "Lucas" many years ago, I have been a fan of Kevin Brooks and how he is able to explore the deepness, for lack of a better word, that lies within humanity. The darkness, the pain, the uncertainty, are all beautifully represented in his work. Sadly, "Being" left me rather disappointed. Science fiction is a genre that I do enjoy, but have never previously read in a Kevin Brooks novel; I believe that this element was a distraction. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the s ...more
Kris-10
Aug 29, 2011 Kris-10 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Being was absolutely captivating and I could scarcely put it down. The story starts out with Robert Smith going to the doctor for a routine examination: an endoscopy. But what they see there was anything but routine. I don't want to give the story away, but what they see causes a whole set of events to unfold. Robert ends up going to Eddi (who is a girl) because she makes fake IDs and he needs a new identity. Then once Eddie becomes involved with all
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Cassidy Leonard
This book has no point. I picked it up because it sounded really action packed, a Running Man meets James Bond deal, and at first it was. The story starts out really gripping and original. But about halfway through I realized the story was going NOWHERE. We find out no new information except what you learn in the first few pages; while the story is exciting, I got really frustrated with not knowing anything that was going on. The only reason I stuck with it is because I wanted some answers. At l ...more
Joanna Sickels
Apr 08, 2012 Joanna Sickels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanna Sickels

In the expertly crafted horror novel, Being, by Kevin Brooks, sixteen year old Robert Smith finds he’s more extraordinary than most. I found this book to be quite horrifying in that there were many scenes that made me cringe that made it especially difficult to get through the book at times. The surgery scene was very scary. I think that it is everyone’s fear that they will wake up in the middle of being cut up during an operation. I think that scariest scene for me was when Robert
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Savannah
Nov 08, 2014 Savannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book began as a seemingly sci-fi mystery-alien / possibly bionic-boy kind of deal. Complete with men in suits and top-secret recordings and stuff, cringeworthy scenarios where our protagonist faces utter doom. But... then it kind of stops.
He eventually escapes the government's clutches and it turns into a romance novel.
when they finally find him again he decides that he doesn't want to know what he is. THE END
I was pretty disappointed, wanted more robot boy and less lady friend. 2/5 stars
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MizziQ
Apr 07, 2011 MizziQ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sociapaths
Recommended to MizziQ by: Me
I really liked this book up to the very end. I thought it didn't have a satisfying ending. There could have been a lot more done with this book. Now that we have got that out of the way I will praise it. There were some twists I was not expecting which was very fun. All in all I think you should read it but not expect much from the ending. I think if the author wanted to he could even make it into a series. I think he wanted to write more but was at a loss so he just ended it. Wondering what hap ...more
Mookit
Feb 16, 2016 Mookit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book description of Being makes it sound exciting and interesting. The beginning immediately draws you in with a tense atmosphere just waiting to explode. The author threw in some interesting ideas, and the writing format was eye-catching and effective.

However, good ideas and attractive format is not going to cut it for Being. The plot was poorly developed, with the same monotonous feel throughout the whole book and the ending was left unresolved. This made the story rather dull in some part
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Quintin
Feb 04, 2016 Quintin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Megan
Jul 02, 2014 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert was just supposed to have a routine endoscopy, but when the camera finds silvery filaments and some kind of hard plastic inside him his whole world gets turned upside down.

Suddenly chased by the cops and some sort of goverment people, Robert can trust no one and has no one to run to - except to Eddi, a beautiful stranger who is a quick thinker and has a plan.

**

It was really hard for me to put this book down so I could go about my day! It felt like every moment in the book was a cliffhang
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Kevin Brooks was born in 1959 and grew up in Exeter, Devon, England. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Birmingham, Aston University in 1980 and Cultural Studies in London in 1983. Kevin Brooks has been in a variety of jobs including: musician, gasoline station attendant, crematorium handyman, civil service clerk, hot dog vendor at the London Zoo, post office clerk, and railway ticket office ...more
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“Trust, faith,good, bad... none of it matters. All you ever do is what you have to do. Follow your disires, fulfill your needs, escape from pain. That's all there is to it.” 14 likes
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