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London, Alex.
New York : Philomel Books, 2013
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In the future, the world is a hardened, unforgiving place. Following wars and violent environmental change, cities have fallen and new power hubs are being created. In this world, you live in a City, or you die in the swamps, deserts, and desolation beyond the reach of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Syd is a Proxy, poor and living in the slums, known as the Valve.

The young rich who dwell in the luxurious City beyond the Valve pay (as “Patrons”) for the contractual services of the less fortunate (who become their “Proxies”). Whenever a Patron breaks a law or bends a rule, their Proxy incurs that “debt” and pays the price – in physical torture, and days, weeks or even years of hard labor. Knox is Syd’s Patron, and when he kills someone in a reckless act, Syd is unwilling to pay the price and goes to find Know. When he finds him, however, there is far more at stake than just the lives of the two boys. Syd and Knox are the key to changing everything – to breaking the system of Proxies and Patrons, to absolving the power imbalance, to changing their world.  (Book Talk Author: Dodie Ownes, Colorado Blue Spruce Award, 2015)

SUBJECTS:    Teenage boys -- Fiction.
                        Punishment -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.

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