Literature / iBoy
iBoy the not completely realistic
story of a boy called Tom Harvey who has an iPhone dropped on his head from a 30-floor council flat and develops superpowers from the pieces lodged in his brain. These powers include: control over electricity
, access to the entire internet just by the power of thought (as well as the phone lines), somehow the knowledge to hack anything on the internet and listen in on anyone's conversations and electric force-fields.
The same person who threw the iPhone was also involved in gang-raping Tom's childhood friend Lucy
and Tom sets out to take revenge on the attackers but soon learns that nothing good comes from getting involved with gangsters...
Notable for being literature for older teens but exploring some incredibly dark themes, as well as realisticly exploring the psychological effects of developing super-powers.
- Big Bad: Gang life seems to run on there being bigger and bigger bads as the chain of command goes higher but... Howard Ellman.
- Broken Bird: Lucy, although she gets a little better as the story goes on.
- Black and Grey Morality
- Childhood Friend Romance: It seems like it would've been a pretty straight example until Lucy was raped, Tom got super-powers and inadvertantly made Lucy fall in love with his online iBoy persona...
- Cursed with Awesome: Well, the tagline for the book is "His powers are his curse".
- Cool Old Lady: Tom's grandmother who raised him when his mother died, although she is only in her 50s.
- London Gangster
- Police Are Useless: Somewhat(?) justified in that they're dealing with gang-members, a lot of which are only minors.