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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  2,075 ratings  ·  287 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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Push (first published January 1st 2007)
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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
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
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
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.
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
Alim Yai
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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Captain Jacq
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
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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
Joanna Sickels
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
Apr 07, 2011 MizziQ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Sixteen-year-old Robert Smith thinks he has grown up just like every other teenager in Essex, England. Sure, he can't remember much of his childhood. Memories about his birth parents feel manufactured. Hopping around from foster home to foster home through the years, he doesn't recall ever getting sick or seriously injured. All he has are his dreams, and those bad dreams feel real enough. Dr. Andrews tells Robert that his surgery will be a routine endoscopy, which will check for a stomach ulcer. ...more
Rachel Tewes
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I don't know what to say about this book. The plot was intereting and I liked the main character. I felt that it addressed issues that I have dealt with and still do.

In my opinion the book is about how teenagers (and others of course) sometimes feel alienated and are not sure of who they really are. It's about the persuit of an identity. One moment Roberts knows who he is, the next he has no idea what he is.

I would have given this book 5 starts if not for the ending. I mean, seriously??? (vie
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Okay, so I just finished reading this book and I'm not sure what to feel! Throughout the story, I was truly enthralled in Robert's struggles coping with who (or what) he may be. The writing was fast-paced and kept me reading just to finally understand the mystery of Robert Smith and the ominous men in suits. I know many readers are upset with the ending, initially I was as well, but I think Kevin Brooks' message might be escaping them. Especially with the title, Being, I think Brooks was getting ...more
Glenn Conley
This is a very awesome book. It reminds me of going to the doctor, when I was a kid. I always hoped that I was some sort of alien. That they would poke a needle in me and some weird yellow acid would squirt out. But goddamnit, that never happened. Turned out, I was human after all.

So this story is about a teenager who goes to the doctor for a endoscopy. The doctors are shocked at what they find. This boy is not human. Or something. Then, the spooky government types show up and try to cover the w
Lisa Zuniga
Jun 25, 2007 Lisa Zuniga rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone
A boy raised in Foster care finds out that he is not a real human. He gets chased all over the world. The reader never finds out anything about him. He is still running at the end of the book.
La narración es muy buena, la trama es muy entretenida y te causa una curiosidad sorprendente, es por esto que le he puesto 4 estrellas de 5, porque no del todo fue de mi agrado, yo esperaba que me dijera qué era Robert Smith o al menos lo que había en su interior aparte del microchip que nos menciona al inicio del libro, me quedé esperando más y por lo que sé no hay hasta el momento una segunda parte.

La historia trata sobre un chico llamado Robert Smith quien nos narra la historia de su vida,
Marie Siller
This book stuck with me. It's been a long time since I read it, but it was my first Kevin Brooks book and I knew instantly I'd found something good. I love a book that doesn't need tons of pages dedicated to backstory and context. This book is not meant to be scary or creepy, but what I loved was how Robert's story just shows up out of nowhere. We never learn much about his family or life before his surgery, but he is such a vivid character that it makes the reader excited to go along with what' ...more
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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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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