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Author: Alex London
Year Published: 2013
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.
Why?: I don't know much about this book other than it has a gay character in it and I've heard wonderful things about it. From what I remember, a character just happens to be gay and the book isn't entirely about it. I didn't have access to Internet where I was when I wrote this, before I started reading it, so I went into this without reading a synopsis.
Expectations: I'm not sure. An interesting YA that just happens to have a gay character. Another good dystopian YA.
Judging a book by its cover: I like the cover. I like the colors. There aren't many clues that I can infer before reading. Bar code? Negative image of a boy? Maybe something about parallels or twins?