Rating: 4.5/5 stars.
Going along with my idea of book reproduction in my review of Speechless, Proxy would be the child of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Legend by Marie Lu. It blends fast-paced action with a well-fleshed futuristic world, complete with characters that are rife with wit and passion.
Knox has never felt consequences before. A Patron born into one of the City’s richest families, he has access to the best technology, clothing, and parties. Every time he makes a mistake, his Proxy – Syd, a hard-worker living in the rough equivalent of a slum – gets beaten up or electrocuted. But when Knox takes a joy ride too far and kills someone, Syd is sentenced to death. The two unlikely companions join forces to fight the system that has trapped them for all of their lives.
Proxy has a plot you have to experience for yourself. The premise of an affluent city in which the poor and rich despise one another isn’t striking on its own, but when blended with Alex London’s extra layers – like how those who are rich find anything natural/organic disgusting – the entire book comes to life. London paces his story in a way that lets his world-building sink in while maintaining the book’s overall thrilling nature.
The conflict and tension between the main characters kept me on my toes. Analyzing and eventually coming to understand Syd’s tough life and his desire for freedom, as well as Knox’s pampered upbringing and the unhealthy relationship with his father, was an all-consuming and all-too-enjoyable process. While the characters may have come off as cutout stereotypes at first their interactions with one another elevated them to a higher level.
I would recommend this one to any searching for a thrilling story with a fascinating setting and believable characters. It has so much potential for a sequel, especially because of how its themes encompass the idea of debt, death, honor, and hatred. I finished it in a day, and I do not doubt that many others will too.