Review: ‘Proxy’ by Alex London

I received this book for free from work in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Proxy’ by Alex LondonProxy by Alex London
Series: Proxy #1
Published by Philomel on June 18th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Friendship, LGBT, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: work
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.

About Alex London

Alex London writes books for adults (One Day The Soldiers Came: Voices of Children in War), children (Dog Tags series; An Accidental Adventure series) and teens (Proxy). At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he is now a full time novelist living in Brooklyn, NY, where he can be found wandering the streets talking to his dog, who is the real brains of the operation.

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Knox is the Patron and Syd is the proxy. In this world, whenever a Patron needs to be punished, all punishments go to the Proxy. Knox got someone killed and in return, Syd is punished. The two meet by chance af a party and when they realize they have more in common than they think, they start to rely on each other and eventually help one another.

What a crazy, intense world! Imagine having someone else get punished for your crazy stunts! I don’t know how one can live when the other suffers. I have trouble living with so much, so what happens if you know that your problems can be given to someone with a lower stature? This book got me thinking, only because we do live in a world where the other lives with a vast amount of wealth, and the other doesn’t.

I also really enjoyed the technology and the food pills! How it was described sounded fun, but there’s always something better about seeing your food and eating it slowly while you savor the flavours. I sure hope we don’t have food pills like that anytime soon.

As for the characters, I couldn’t relate to any of them, just because it felt different. Not wrong, just different. I did manage to cheer for them in the end though. That definitely got me through. The ending was nicely done and I like the cliffhanger endings!

Love both the point of views!

So fast paced!

Not too keen on the cover, but I’m sure the final one is all shiny.

Loved it lots!

Overall, a nice start to a series that is sure to keep any sci-fi fan satisfied!


We should get a little forgiveness—without it, there can be no kindness. (36)
He came to believe he was being punished simply for being born. (107)
Only humans could accept responsibility, and only humans could take on a debt. (234)
Anything man can make can be unmade. (358)





  1. Hailey

    November 30, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I really loved this book.

  2. Trix

    August 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Good to know the world-building is believable!

  3. Book nerd. (@RenzRupert)

    August 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    I really really love this book! ♥

  4. fatma shahin

    August 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    This book sounds so interesting! I love the cover and its a very hyped new release 🙂 Cant wait to see what all the excitement is about. Its been very popular in booktube these days

  5. Diana Grace

    August 12, 2013 at 6:44 AM

    Nice review! Gotta check the book out now.

  6. Erika

    August 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Excited to read this one and had it on my list for awhile! I’m glad to hear you loved it! Thanks!

  7. Alex U.

    August 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I seriously cannot wait to read this book! Thank you for the review!

  8. Denise Z

    August 3, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I had to check out what you thought. I am curious about this one, but afraid about being able to connect with the characters. I just cannot imagine allowing this scenario so it is hard to wrap my mind around, looks like it might be worth trying though. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Stella C

    August 3, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Saw this featured in your ARC giveaway and thought I would check out your review. I, like you always always felt an attraction to technology and food pills! The sci-fi aspect is so alluring and mysterious. I think you should lead a double life as a scientist, Giselle! 😛

  10. Kamla L.

    July 31, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    I loved reading the Whipping Boy and The Prince and the Pauper back in my younger years. Proxy sounds like a unique, modern, jazzed up version of these and I can’t wait to read it.

  11. Jaime Lynn

    July 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    All that I can really say about this one is that I really can’t wait for the chance to read it. It sounds so different and interesting. I think I would enjoy it.

  12. Cali W.

    July 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Great review! Sci-fi books like this one sound cool! <3

  13. leeanna @ (@leaflette)

    July 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I totally forgot I wanted to read this, but your review reminded me. Happy to hear it’s good!

  14. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    July 25, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    This sounds so different and intriguing! I love the sound of the plot and the whole proxy/patron concept. I can’t wait to meet Knox and Syd. Glad you enjoyed this! 😀

    Awesome review!

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  15. Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    July 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I’ve never heard of this one! It sounds fantastic! Definitely adding it to my TBR list on Goodreads.

  16. Sam

    July 25, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I can’t wait to read this one! Glad you liked it 🙂

  17. Christa

    July 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    This definitely sounds like an intriguing read! I’ll have to check it out

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