Friday, 29 August 2014

Pinoy Book Tour: Proxy by Alex London

Proxy (Proxy, #1)Title: Proxy (Proxy #1)
Author: Alex London
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Publisher: Philomel (HB) | Speak (PB)
Date of Publication: June 18, 2013 (HB) | May 1, 2014 (PB)
Genre: YA dystopia, LGBT
Source copy : National Bookstore

Synopsis :

Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.

Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.

Source : Goodreads

Proxy gives the idea of the futuristic dystopian world wherein there are only two standards of life; Proxy and Patron. Being a Patron obviously marks a person as one of the wealthiest, Proxy on the other hand is the opposite. It totally feels like one of the trash in the country. People who are born to be a Proxy feels like its better they weren't born at all. They are the ones who deal with the consequences they didn't even done at all. In fact, it was their Patron who actually commits the mistakes and its the Proxy who faces it. One Patron to One Proxy. It is really a majestic and tragical concept for a dystopian world.


The principal thing that I noticed from the start is the black and white side of Proxy. Alex London was able to depict the black portion of being a Proxy in a brilliant style. The way Syd was forced to bear the reality of facing all the consequences and pain he didn't even deserve clearly enraged me to learn more within his character. I was curious how will he able to fight for his rights and bring equality of the people in all layers. 

Apparently it was an impossible task given that he was just a Proxy. Then when Syd had a sudden encounter with his Patron which is none other than Knox, Alex London made these two dimensions collide in a dangerous situation. 

Being a Proxy feels like you're in a bad debt for all of your lifetime. On the other hand, Patron exactly feels like you're on top of the world. The idea of Proxy itself wasn't just about the different levels of the society specifically, it is the main fact that these characters weren't just caught up in a child's play, Knox and Syd were able to gradually understand how the polluted and unfair society affects them in front of their naked eyes. And reading those things chapter by chapter was the top reason I just can't help to skip lunch and continue reading Proxy.

Alex London's Proxy is one of a kind book when it comes to the advance technology and world in the space of YA dystopia. Among all the books that I've read, this could be included as one of the sci-fi genres that I will undeniably read over and over again. 





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