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Boy X

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Kidnapped and drugged, Ash wakes up on a remote tropical island. His mum - a genetic scientist - has been imprisoned and infected with a deadly virus. Where is he, and what's he doing there? He sets out to cross the jungle to find out and rescue his mother. Soon he realises he's quicker and sharper than before. But there's something else ...why are the animals watching him ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 4th 2016 by Chicken House Ltd
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Apr 14, 2017 Oliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Boy X by Dan Smith is Science fiction story. Ash wakes up on in a room on an island that he has never seen before. When he wakes up a list of questions start racing through his head, where is he, why is he there, who brought him there and is there anybody else around who he could ask all these questions? He has to find out fast, and can he get out of the mysterious island with his life? The main characters in Boy X are: Ash, Isabel, Thorn, Cain, Pierce and Mom. Boy X made me feel surprised becau ...more
Kate Ormand
BOY X is an exciting adventure story set on a remote island where the jungle and all that's within owes its unusualness to the experiments that happen there. The island is a place for research: secret human experiments and a virus that could destroy the world...

When Kronos falls into the wrong hands, Ash must try to stop the virus leaving the island, save his mum and the other doctors trapped in the biosphere, and figure out what is happening to him. He's changing in some way, and it's linked t
Ms. Yingling
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Ash wakes up in a hospital, alone. He doesn't remember coming there, and there's no one around to ask. He eventually makes his way out and finds Isabel. She is the daughter of scientists who are working with Ash's mother, and the two discover that a whole group of scientists have been infected with a disease that some villains are trying to spread to the entire world. Since the scientists are all locked in a room and only have 24 hours before they begin dyi
I didn't expect much from this book, but I ended up quite enjoying it. I was expecting the survival story of a boy stranded by himself in a jungle, but it kept going in directions I didn't see coming and I really liked that. Despite what the cover and blurb lead you to believe, this is not really a book about adapting to the wild, befriending/eating animals, swinging through trees on vines etc. - it's more about a cryptic science company, their experiments gone wrong, and a race against the cloc ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Ash wakes up and has no memory of how he got to the sterile room with an IV drip in his hand. He is alone and he knows he has been drugged. As he starts his journey through the medical facility, things happen really fast. There are people shooting down a helicopter, his mother is imprisoned in a locked laboratory with a lethal virus, someone is trying to track him down, and he realizes that he is the only one who can save the day. With fellow escapee Isabel guiding him through the jungle, Ash se ...more
Feb 09, 2017 Keane rated it it was amazing
it was a amazing book and I would recommend it to any one who likes mystery's and jungle and monsters
Mar 03, 2017 LouLou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Author Dan Smith turns up the heat in his latest YA novel, Boy X. Fully loaded with action, adventure, and bordering the line of sci-fi, this book doesn’t hold back on the suspense.

Through third person narrative, readers become familiar with protagonist 12-year-old Ash McCarthy. Readers and Ash begin to grasp what a dangerous situation he is in when he wakes up in a curious laboratory on an all but deserted exotic isl
Mar 09, 2017 Diana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-for-work
Ich merke einfach immer wieder wie mich Krimis / Thriller einfach kalt lassen... Eigentlich ist das kein schlechtes Buch und ich kann mir auch vorstellen dass es den Leuten gefällt die so "Wettlauf gegen die Zeit", der Junge muss die Welt retten.. Zeug mögen... Ich halt nicht. Etwas weit her geholt fand ich seine übermenschliche Stärke. Ja, es wird halbwegs logisch aufklärt aber das war einfach übertrieben... Und die Reaktion der Tiere auf ihn war auch nicht besser. Wollte eigentlich 2 Sterne ve ...more
Anna Louise
Nov 01, 2016 Anna Louise rated it really liked it
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Boy X by Dan Smith is a remarkable book that has the common theme of mystery throughout the novel. Smith misleads the reader into believing in the supposed antagonist and then, at the last minute, has that faith severed. It has a strong opening, partly because the reader is as clueless as Ash about what is going on – at first they think that the boy is perhaps in a hospital, explaining the whiteness and the needle in his hand. However, after Ash has called out for his mother several
Shuttle Dienstag – Du hast nur 24 Stunden, Dann Smith, 288 Seiten, Chicken House, 20. Oktober 2016, Fiction/ Young Adult, Hardcover, 14,99€


Auf einer abgelegenen Insel … Ash erwacht in einem Labor. Das Letzte, woran er sich erinnert: Seine Mutter und er wurden hierher verschleppt. Offenbar entwickelte das Forscherteam seiner Mutter ein tödliches Virus. Jetzt, wo ihr Job getan ist, wurde sie damit infiziert. Ash muss die Organisation stoppen, die mit dem Gegenmittel die Insel verlassen will
Feb 25, 2016 Emma marked it as guest-reviews

Boy X is very creative featuring action, adventure and a high level of excitement. The race against time to save the lives of those affected by the deadly 'Kronos' virus including the nearest and dearest to our main character, Ash, who must find the antivirus before time runs out.

I found Ash very relatable, being the same age and having similar hobbies made him very realistic within the imagination.

All the characters are described well with information about each of them being
Diana von Dinchen´s Welt der Bücher
Erster Satz:
"Ash blinzelte und sofort fuhr ihm ein stechender Schmerz in die Augen."

Meine Meinung zum Buch:
Mit "Shut Down - Du hast nur 24 Stunden" ist Dan Smith ein weiterer actiongeladener Roman gelungen. Der Schreibstil ist wie gewohnt locker und leicht verständlich geschrieben.

Die Story dreht sich um den 13 jährigen Ash, der sich mit seiner Begleiterin Isabel auf den Weg macht um nicht nur seine Mutter, sonder auch die ganze Menschheit, zu retten. Im Großen und Ganzen hatte ich sehr viel Spa
May 25, 2016 Fibi added it
Boy X is a very adventurous and action filled book. I really enjoyed this book because I am a big fan of action books. The language in this book wasn't very hard, so I think the book age range goes from 11-15. The book is written in a way that it actually makes you feel like you are in the same position as Ash McCarthy is when he is trapped on the Island. This book reminds me of when I was away in south Africa and went through the jungles. This book left me on a cliff-hanger and I hope they do m ...more
Jenny Butler
Apr 29, 2016 Jenny Butler rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
very action packed and this doesn't let up. Got a bit over this relentless action towards the end. Couldn't predict the ending and the story is left hanging in 1 sense, with Ash realising he has amazing powers from the injection of Type 24. Will corporations or governments be after him to experiment on him to find out what power he does have and then perhaps use them for their own purposes?
Jul 18, 2016 Sheryn rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the read, not as fast and gripping as 'Big game', but certainly worth buying. Now to sell it to the students ... aiming at Y7-9. An easier option for students wishing to read Hunger Game type books, but not up to that level.
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May 12, 2016 Houlahan houlahan rated it liked it
Very good book for young readers by the author of Big Game. Has sci/fi, Frankentein elements, science
gone mad etc, with a young protagonist. Very readable...and perhaps set up for a sequel.
Leanne Neilson
Apr 27, 2016 Leanne Neilson rated it really liked it
Another great Dan Smith book, full of action, adventure and moments that make you hold your breath waiting to see what is going to happen.
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Dan Smith is the author of Dry Season, Dark Horizons, The Child Thief, Red Winter and his first book for children - My Friend The Enemy.

Growing up, Dan led three lives. In one he survived the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the padi-fields of Asia and the jungles of Brazil. But the third life he lived in a world of his own, makin
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