Author: Alex London
Masterfully written by renowned (well, not exactly renowned, but he’s good) sci-fi writer Alex London, Proxy is a new take on dystopian fiction. Proxy begins in the backseat of a luxury car, pioneered by a stud named Knox, along with one of his many girlfriends. Suddenly, the car falls off a cliff, and Knox’s girlfriend is dead. Knox awakens days later in a hospital room, where he is forced to watch his proxy, a servant that lives only to be punished for Knox’s mistakes, get zapped by thousands of volts of electricity. With the Guardians fixated on Knox’s condition, Sydney the Proxy escapes his confinement and blows up the facility. Hours later, Syd meets Knox at a party dressed in a very unfashionable onesie. Spotting Guardians present at the party, Knox and Syd quickly make their escape. Back in Knox’s house, the two boys realize that not everything is as it seems. Fleeing the city, Knox and Syd travel to the Valve, where the real adventure begins.
I was very impressed by the character development in this story. In any other book, Knox would simply be the son of a wealthy politician, who abuses his privileges to get dates (not the fruit). Knox is the son of a very wealthy politician, a skilled hacker, and a stud with countless girlfriends, most of which he can’t remember their names. Sydney the Proxy is a dark skinned, ascetic Valve kid with a mysterious background. He spends his days fixing technology for little kids until he is whisked away into the life of a fugitive.
Alex London keeps the story along the dystopia stereotype, but the unpredictable fragments make Proxy a very enticing read.
I would recommend this book to fantasy and sci-fi readers who are tired of reading the same Hunger Games stories with (essentially) the same main characters every time they flip a page. As stated previously, Proxy is a new take on dystopian fiction. While it is dystopian, it does not necessarily involve organized fights to the death in which the main characters (which in this case are both male) and lacks excessive kissing scenes (for the most part). Incredibly good or not, if you’re tired of the reading about Newt fighting for his faction in the middle of Panem, this book is for you.
Alex London has also written many children’s books, such as “We Dine with Cannibals,” “We Sled With Dragons,” and “We Are Not Eaten By Yaks.” He also wrote the Dog Tags series, along with Tides of War. Alex London is also known as Charles London, C. Alexander London, and Alexander London. London has also written “Guardian,” which just so happens to be the sequel of Proxy. After you read this book, you should definitely read Guardian. Because you’re going to read this book.