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iBoy

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  3,968 ratings  ·  481 reviews
What can he do with his new powers -- and what are they doing to him?

Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teen. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. And they're having an extraordinary effect on his every thought.

Because now Tom kno
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Chicken House (first published July 1st 2010)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
iBoy, 2010, Kevin Brooks
What can he do with his new powers -- and what are they doing to him? Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teen. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. And they're having an extraordinary effect on his every thought.Because now Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could. But with his new powers comes a choice: To avenge Lucy, the
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Jo
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jo by: Angela
Shelves: 2012, own, ya, e, hometown-ya
I’ve never really been technological. I mean, I can use a computer. I can use a phone. I can use a Kindle. Sometimes I kind of link them all together if I’m feeling particularly frisky one day.

But when people say that they prefer Windows to Apple, I zone out. I don’t know whether I’m a Mac or a PC. The adverts meant nothing to me except omfg it’s Jeremy and Mark!*
I mean, if Jeremy is a Mac and Mark is a PC, then surely they’re both as awesome as each other? Do I have to choose
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Ramon Van Kessel
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of iBoy is simply a story of a guy, Tom Harvey, being a superhero and protecting the girl, Lucy, he secretly likes. Not a hero who is really strong, but one who uses knowledge and technology to his favor, by using his iBrain, which he got after an accident of an iPhone falling in his head. The book appealed to me because I personally like technology and was interested how this would be implemented in a book. The story itself is well put together, but sometimes it was predictable and I ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Tom is eking out an existence in a drug addled London housing project when an iPhone is thrown from a 30th floor of his building, hitting him on the head and embedding fragments in his brain. The same people who threw the phone are also responsible for the gang rape of his friend, Lucy. His whole being is now hooked up to the internet, and he is able to shock people just by touching them. Feeling that his powers may not last long, he attempts to find out who attacked Lucy and bring them to justi ...more
Hannah
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been more than okay. It could have been good. IF I hadn't been cringing away from it with every page I turned. IF I hadn't felt required to keep the book hidden so that younger siblings couldn't stumble upon it. IF our lovely Mr. Kevin Brooks hadn't decided to include an expletive on every page.
Ok. Yeah. I get it, Mr. Brooks. What's-his-face-Tom lives in an ugly part of town. And gang members swear in ugly parts of town. The good guys swear. Heck, even our damsel in di
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Alex Boyle
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During the event of scanning through many novels in the "Teen" section of the library, my eyes stopped and lay still on the black laminated spine of this book. The title read "iBoy". I considered since I had been playing on my iPod a lot over the school break iBoy may be the appropriate read. To make sure it was about iPods, iPhones or iPads,not someone with bad sentence structure stating that he was a boy, I had a quick flip at the back summary of the book. This should be where I quote the summ ...more
Isaa Jason
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book totally blew me away. I have this book for years now, and was like ‘if i ain’t gonna read it now, i will not ever’ so i picked it up this month. And i have no regrets. This is one i am going to recommend to a lot of people. Can’t wait too see the movie on netflix :)
Mandy
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I liked this. I really did, with a slight feeling of too-little-too-quick. Of course, as soon as I'd completed it I flipped into Safari to check what other Goodreaders thought. The language, as I suspected, was a major issue. I've no problem with the author using a wide range of profanities as I'm well beyond the age where such proclivities are considered unwholesome. Indeed, I'm preparing an entire range of new expletives for my eventual entrance to a nursing home, reserved for people ...more
Jay
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
this book was amazing I wish their was a sequel. I loved everything about this book. Iboy is now one of my favorite science fiction novels. I thought the idea of an iPhone giving Tom special powers was really cool and creative. Also I really enjoyed how Tom changes throughout the story and learns more about himself. IBoy would be an incredible movie
Lasse Carlsson
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Buying the premise of iBoy requires a vast amount of suspension of disbelief- no, strike that! An insane amount. But if you ignore the fact that the novel should've ended after chapter one, because having an iPhone thrown in your face from several stories' altitude would kill you, and that iPhone parts in your brain would cause more internal bleeding than extrasensory power, you'll find an exciting and emotionally gripping, for Young Adult standards, story.
The story revolves around sixteen
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jay tee
Ipod, ipad, itunes, isnack.. it was only a matter of time before someone wrote a book called iBoy and Kevin Brooks, an English Young Adult fiction author, has done it. Tom Harvey is a sixteen year old boy living in a seedy South London estate known as Crow Town with his Grandma. He finds himself permanently connected to all things internet after bits of an iphone are embedded in his brain. The phone was hurled at him deliberately by local gang members who then go off and rape his best friend, Lu ...more
Kate
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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Laura
I’m sorry to say, but I took an immediate dislike to this book based on the back cover's premise. But I didn't really think that was fair, so I decided to give it a chance. Aaannnddd that sure worked out well (sarcasm). I read over 40 pages before I gave up. I’m all up for reading books that have sci/fi elements or other oddities, but something about this story just made the scenarios seem unbelievable and incredibly lame. I couldn’t go along with the idea that this boy had acquired some sort of ...more
Paula  Phillips
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine getting hit in the head one day by an Iphone of all things and it turning out to be the weirdest day of your life and the last day that you will ever be normal to speak of .
Tom lives in a dodgy part of London known as Crow Town with his nan Grams as his mum was killed in an accident when Tom was younger. In the flats lives his best friend Luce and her brother Ben. One day Luce asks Tom to meet her , next thing he knows is he's been hit in the head and wakes up in hospital. He disco
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Ruth Hawes
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie on Netflix and loved it so much that I decided to pick up the book. If you love technology then this book is for you, not only is it focused around many technological advances but the ideas throughout the book are genius given the fact it was written 7 years ago.

While walking home Thomas Harvey gets a phone thrown at his head, he wakes up in hopsital and has aquired new powers because of the parts of the phone in his head. With these new powers he starts to seek revenge against
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Roberta Jayne
OH I used to be in love with this book. Then I grew up (such a shame) and my tastes have changed and the flaws in this book stick out a lot clearer than they used to.

Still so good though. Kevin Brooks knows how to write a good story.
Brigid ✩
Nov 08, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I would never, ever read this. Because honestly, I think the premise is ridiculous.
Except Kevin Brooks wrote it. And I love him. So, I at least have to give it a chance.
Ruth
Oct 23, 2011 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Before I grow up, I want an iPhone and iPod and iPad and turn into an iGirl....
Noav
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tony Nguyen
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Tina
Dec 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
See full review here.

What happens when an iPhone cracks your skull and its electrical components become embedded into your brain?

Well, in the iBoy world, it gives you superpowers, with skin that lights up in a myriad of pulsating colours, hands that can shoot electricity and a brain that can surf the net, call phones and hack into government networks. That’s exactly what happens to Tom Harvey, and armed with his amazing newfound powers, he is faced with a decision: should he take revenge on
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Matt
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
3/5

sci-fi/superhero powers/rape/revenge/soft romance/detective elements/british contemporary/examining underclass and gangs/themes of morality and righteousness and power

this was a super fast-paced, cotton candy, read-it-in-a-day type of teen book, written with simple and almost flat language for middle school kids and yet deals with rape and the "fuck" word for more mature high school teens. "iBoy" is an intelligent, tech-thriller that didn't exhilarate me but strung me
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Carly
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I must admit, when I first read about iBoy and learned it was the story of a teenage boy who was hit on the head by an iPhone and then acquired powers I was somewhat sceptical. However, something intrigued me about the book and I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Kevin Brooks that I really wanted to give it a try.

iBoy is a brilliant story. It’s a simple as that. Sure, the premise might sound a little strange to those of us who prefer our novels a little fluffier but it makes fo
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Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

* Unique and unusual idea for a storyline
* Darkly humorous at times, which helps tone down the darkness of the story
* Gram is one cool bad-ass -- my kind of Grandmother
* Fast paced
* Could lead to some fascinating class discussions about moral choices
* Love the relationship between Tom and his Grandma - real honest love and respect
* Tom's a believable and likable protagonist and you can really feel the struggles he deals with ...more
Sophie
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
This was my first book by Kevin Brooks. I always wanted to read something by him, but never got around to. Overall I liked it, although not as much as other young adult books I've read.

iBoy is the superhero identity of Tom, a 16 year old boy who one day is bitten by a radioactive iPhone hit in the head by an iPhone that thanks to some mystical process becomes one with his brain. As a result he's a lot like Tony Stark with the Extremis, meaning his brain is online and he can do pretty much
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Krista
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel surprised me. When I picked it up, I was not expecting to be enthralled, but that's how it ended. The book is about a 16-year old boy, Tom Harvey, who lives in England. He has grown up in the projects of Crow Town, and spent his life dealing with the realities of the very active gang life in the area. One day, an iPhone is thrown at Tom from the 30th floor of a building and it splits his skull. The result: 17 days in a coma and nanofragments of the iPhone are embedded in his brain. H ...more
Sophie
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, uk-author
I see Kevin Brooks as one of the best YA authors from the UK so I had high expectations for iBoy. I wasn’t disappointed.

Like all of Kevin Brooks’ books, iBoy is gritty and real. Tom’s life on a notorious South London estate isn’t sugar-coated in the slightest. All of the elements of living on a gang-ruled estate are represented - drugs, prostitution, verbal abuse and excessive violence. Thankfully, I’ve never experienced this life myself, but I feel like I’d know what to expect from it. And i
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Lisa
The only reason I read this book was because I won it in a competition, and at first I believe I wouldn't really like it.

But I was wrong. I absolutely loved it.

The best thing about this book is that there are surprises from start to finish and will leave plenty of people satisfied when they close the book. And, instead of super-spiders or toxic waste or whatever - these "super-powers" that Tom Harvey obtains are from a iPhone - weirdly wonderful really.

So, Tom Harvey - a
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Nolan
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IBoy is about a boy named Tom who lives in a town with a lot of gang activity. Tom’s best friend Lucy gets raped by a couple of gang members. Tom wants to get revenge on the people that raped Lucy. Tom couldn't do much at the time because he was in the hospital since an IPhone fell from the top floor of an apartment building and hit Tom on the head. When Tom got out of the hospital, he finds out that the IPhone left fragments in his brain that caused him to have superpowers.
I like how the
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Hayden
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like fantasy and sci-fi (or iPhones/Pods)
I picked up this book in the school library because at the time, I had just finished listening the my iPod, and the name just kind of struck me as something to do with iPods (you don't say!). Anyway, when I read the... what do you call it again... the blurb?, I thought. Ok... this sounds a bit bonkers, but since I'm into all kinds of fantasy and sci-fi stuff, I thought I'd give it a go.

Ok, this book has mixed reviews. Most of them are good. But everyone seems to point to the amount o
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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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