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Guardian (Proxy)

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Guardian (Proxy)

The sequel to PROXY, London's first nail-biting science fiction thriller, GUARDIAN begins with a pyre of dead bodies belonging to those who succumbed to an uncontrollable decease with no apparent cure. 
 
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Syd, once a Proxy and now the savior of the Reconciliation, despises his new role as Yovel because he knows the truth behind this puppet position. Yet not all see him as a savior in this so-called Jubilee, and his guardian, Liam, is constantly on the lookout for would-be assassins. When Syd learns that there is, in fact, a cure to the mysterious disease, he is determined to find it --- even though it goes against the Reconciliation protocols and would mean laying down his own life.
 
Truly action-packed yet filled with flashes of tenderness and compassion.
 
The world that thrived in PROXY is now a place of desolation in GUARDIAN, and in many ways, it’s not unlike our own. In the middle of a highly advanced technological age, London includes themes that have been and still are mentioned in the media, including slavery and genocide (reeducation cooperatives), plutocratic and socialistic societies (Mountain City/Old Detroit and Reconciliation) and healthcare (addressing disease, or lack thereof).
 
Syd and Liam (who are the same age) are great representations of everyday teens. Behind their societal roles are two young men with emotions, struggles and ambitions. Both come from backgrounds that are less than stellar, and both feel like underdogs (though Liam is a bit stoic) that persevere to help improve their society amid life's problems; in this case, sinister characters, such as Cousin. London has done a superb job of using the third person omniscient viewpoint so readers to observe these main character's thought processes, and he’s incorporated an edgy communication between Syd and Liam, as well as hilarious bantering that definitely lightens dark and tense moments in the plot.
 
Truly action-packed yet filled with flashes of tenderness and compassion, GUARDIAN is well written, with enough flashbacks that one could understand the story line without having to read the first novel in this set. But readers would be remiss if they didn't start from the very beginning.

Reviewed by Anita Lock on May 29, 2014

Guardian (Proxy)
by Alex London

  • Publication Date: May 29, 2014
  • Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel
  • ISBN-10: 0399165762
  • ISBN-13: 9780399165764