Alex Lon­don
  • Review
By – June 6, 2014

Syd, a proxy for the wealthy and high­er class Knox, must be pun­ished for each infrac­tion of the many soci­etal rules that Knox sim­ply refus­es to obey. Each of the boys has his place in this ver­sion of dystopia and yet some­how, against the odds, the gap begins to bridge and a human con­nec­tion is made. The results are stun­ning and threat­en to destroy the under­pin­nings of the entire soci­ety in which the boys live. Life, as these char­ac­ters know it, may nev­er be the same. 

With its high tech futur­is­tic set­ting and its Whip­ping Boy” theme, Proxy is a sto­ry that will be long remem­bered after the final page has been turned. It is filled with action, ten­sion and much food for thought and the moral dilem­mas and choic­es the char­ac­ters face make this a great book for dis­cus­sion in a group set­ting. The Jew­ish angle is a sur­pris­ing, unex­pect­ed twist and glob­al issues such as greed, empa­thy and the strug­gle for pow­er are addressed with bold strokes but with nuance and shad­ing, as well. 

A fast paced adven­ture that is also a study in human nature, this book is rec­om­mend­ed for ages 12 and up.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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