Summary from pub:
nox 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.
With so many dystopian books coming out, there are some hits, but there are also bound to be some that are just okay.
This book has a very interesting concept – the poor are literally punished for things the rich do and it is a system of credit that is nearly impossible to escape. There are some rich kids that have no feelings towards their Proxy and never think about the consequences of their actions. There are others that never do anything wrong because they cannot bear to see another suffer.
It felt like the book would explore this a little more, but it turns into an action-packed novel with little character development. Characters die because it seems like the convenient place for them to die. Several of the twists and turns are predictable.
There are also many religious comparisons in the book and I wish it went further with it. That would have made the book stand out more and be about more than escaping a system. It juts didn’t push it enough.
I really wanted to love this book as the concept was brilliant, it just didn’t reach my expectations.