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.
When I first saw this book I was extremely hesitant to pick it up. Although it was science fiction- my favorite genre- it didn’t feel like one through the description. Literally 10 months later, I finally, finally decided to pick it up and read it.
So, this book is set in a creepy futuristic society. Everyone has data in their blood- their name, their personality- it’s like you’re a computer. Anyway, you got your rich, you got your poor. Whenever the rich, a patron, does something wrong; like steal or get in a fight, their proxy, a poor person that’s assigned to them, receives the punishment. The punishment is given by something called an “EMD stick,” which we can guess is something like a taser. The patron has to watch their proxy being tortured. Horrible, creepy futuristic society. There are people that believe that the debt and proxy system is flawed and horrible and that it needs to be fixed; these are called Rebooters- but more on that later.
Knox, the patron, steals a car from his dad’s workplace in the opening chapter. He brings a girl in for the ride trying to impress her with his daring stunts. But, he goes too fast and crashes the car, killing the girl.
Knox is badly injured, but he survives. Syd, the proxy, is now being held for a murder charge. Syd is unbelievably angry at Knox and makes a daring escape from the detention center and that he’s being held in and the “Guardians” that administer the punishments. As soon as he makes it out, he rushes to his friend Egan, who could assist him with a fake identity to flee the “Guardians” chasing him. Coincidenally, Egan’s contact to help with Syd’s escape is *gasp* KNOX.
It was refreshing to read a book about a gay main character. And in a science fiction too!
I loved the premise of the book, the whole debts have to be paid thing. The adventure that the three characters go through is raw and pure emotion. Most books these days don’t have that. Authors make up 16 year old boy characters and make them act like 22 year old men. I loved Proxy because it was extremely relatable (well, not really, but you know).
The ending of the book was such a plot twist. It was also heartbreaking as hell. I don’t know how else to put it as. It was such a good book with a potential for a happy ending- until the last few chapters. I don’t know why I love science fiction so much, there’s literally never a good ending. But hey, this is a duology! It’s not over. 💔
Last review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 🙂
That’s it for now, until next time!! ✨