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iBoy, the not completely realistic but awesome 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.


In 2017, Netflix announced that they would be making a film adaption.


  • 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
  • One-Word Title: Also a Portmantitle because it's a compound word, possibly.
  • Police Are Useless: Somewhat(?) justified in that they're dealing with gang-members, a lot of which are only minors.
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  • Pop-Up Texting: Played with. Anytime Tom texts someone the message will show up like this for the viewer, but this is because he's actually got the ability to see electrical signals. He doesn't even have to use his hands.
  • Technopath: Tom becomes this courtesy of his accident that left a piece of phone stuck in his brain. He's initially only able to "see" electrical signals and telecommunicatons through Extreme Graphical Representation, but he's able to hack into any network, operate cars, and even explode things.
  • The Yardies: The professional British gangsters are mainly black or Pakistani, although they're led by a white London Gangster.

Alternative Title(s): I Boy