Friday, August 19, 2011

Taking Technology to Another Level

What would it be like if you had all the capacities of an iPhone in your brain? It'd be pretty spectacular, wouldn't it? That's what happens to Tom Harvey, the main character of iBoy by Kevin Brooks, after an iPhone collides with his head and causes extensive damage. After the collision, pieces of the iPhone are stuck in Tom's brain and it does crazy things to him. He can send texts, e-mails, make phone calls, surf the web, all with his brain. And that's not all. He can zap people with electricity and create a force field that protects his body. When Tom finds out about all these powers, he decides to use them to avenge Lucy, the girl he likes that was raped by a group of local gang members. But will he go too far? You'll have to read it to find out. :)

So Kevin Brooks isn't exactly my favorite author of all time. I read one of his books, Being, quite awhile ago and I absolutely hated it. Nothing got resolved in that novel, and he left me with A LOT of questions. Not exactly what you're looking for in a novel. Needless to say, I haven't read anything by him since then because I hated his writing style. Now for iBoy...I'm not entirely sure if I liked this book or not. It was an interesting concept...but I couldn't really get over how Tom became iBoy. I mean, would someone throwing an iPhone at your head really cause that much damage? I suppose it matters how hard it was thrown. But I still can't imagine it putting you in a coma for seventeen days and causing an extensive amount of damage in the brain. It's kinda far fetched if you ask me. But I guess the whole book was kind of far fetched, so it kind of worked. I don't know. I still don't think I liked it all that much.

I also didn't like how Tom thought when he was iBoy. He had a weird thought pattern that kind of irritated me. And the whole making phone calls with your brain thing...that was really weird. I don't even understand how that would show up on caller ID. Tom definitely became weird after the iPhone collided with his head. And not necessarily a good weird...a really, really odd weird that I don't exactly like.

Well i guess that's all for now. Next I will be reading All You Desire by Kirsten Miller.

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