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Smugglivus 2011 Giveaway: iBoy by Kevin Brooks

Welcome to Smugglivus 2011! Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2011, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2012. We will also have giveaways, in order to whet the appetite!

To truly kick off Smugglivus, we of course had to include an inaugural giveaway – the title up for grabs today is YA thriller iBoy by Kevin Brooks.

The Book:

Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teen. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. And they’re having an extraordinary effect on his every thought. Because now Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could. But with his new powers comes a choice: Seek revenge on the vicious gangs who rule the South London housing project where he lives, and who violated his friend Lucy? Or keep quiet and move on? Not even the search engine in his head can predict the shocking outcome of iBoy’s actions. A wifi, thriller by YA master Kevin Brooks.

The Book Trailer:

The Website:

For more information about iBoy and the latest in Scholastic’s YA titles, make sure to check out the official ThisIsTeen Facebook Page.


We have ONE copy of iBoy up for grabs. The contest is open to addresses in the US and Canada only, and will run until Saturday December 3 at 11:59PM (PST). In order to enter, leave a comment here letting us know what your favorite techno-thriller book, film, or comic is. Good luck!


  • bigfoot24
    December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I actually don’t think I have read any techno-thriller books but I would love to start with this one!

  • Na
    December 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Techno-thrillers are new to me and the main reason this book caught my eye is because of element of technology. Tom sounds like an intriguing character.

  • scribe kira
    December 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    i have never read/ heard of such a thing, but would love to start now!!!=o)

  • Breanne M.
    December 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Like everyone else, I also have never read a techno-thriller, but would love to start!

  • Stephanie
    December 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I don’t think I’ve read a techno-thriller either, but this book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jessica C
    December 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Does Incarceron count.

  • Justine
    December 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Jurassic Park was my first techno-thriller, so I’ll go with that movie.

  • jenn
    December 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I have not read any techno-thriller before… at least I don’t think so… making this a great place to start. =D

  • Kay-Kay-Bay
    December 2, 2011 at 12:07 am

    What about Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks? It has a lot of computery stuff…does that count?

  • Vivian
    December 2, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I’m not sure what classifies as a techno-thriller, but I really like books that include new technology that could be the next new thing in real life.

  • Sarah
    December 2, 2011 at 7:04 am

    The matrix. It was released more than 10 years ago and it is still an excellent movie.

  • Jen B.
    December 2, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I liked The Matrix (only part 1) even if it was trippy and hard to follow. My favorite ever is The Andromeda Strain (the original version). The underground lab is chilling. jepebATverizonDOTnet

  • Vanessa
    December 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Close call between Neuromancer and Cryptonomicon. Both out of this world but I’m going to have to go with Cryptonomicon because it’s impossible to finish in one sitting thereby enhancing the suspense.

  • Laura
    December 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Techno thriller? I like the term.. I read the Joe Ledger books by Jonathan Maberry, starting with Patient Zero. These were pretty intense.

  • Audra Holtwick
    December 2, 2011 at 9:01 am

    This would be my first techno-thriller- please enter me into the giveaway

  • Emilia
    December 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I’ve never read any techno-thrillers, but this book sounds intriguing!

  • Kaethe
    December 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I was a huge fan of Crichton back in the day, and Stephenson is great, but these days I seem to be getting my techno within dystopian YA.

  • Candice J
    December 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I haven’t read a lot of techno-thrillers, but Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster was really interesting and chilling. I don’t know if Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky would count, but there is a technology/internet plotline. I was surprised by how much I loved Awaken. Thanks for the awesome contest!

  • Katy
    December 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

  • mary anne
    December 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I don’t remember the name or author, but it was about a future society where everyone was “online” so to speak with the internet via implants directly into their brains, and the outcasts were those not hooked up. Don’t know that I loved it so much as that it stuck with me, in one of those creepy, “Is this what is starting to happen” feelings I get when I see people walking around talking to themselves (OK, maybe it’s to their little ear thingies, but it still always makes me want to say, “You talkin’ to me?”, or staring at their smart phones instead of the world around ’em.

  • Julie Witt
    December 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I’m not really sure what a techno-thriller is either, but if The Matrix counts, then that was it! I would love to read this book so I would know for sure what this type of book is all about 🙂

  • Bethie
    December 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I guess the Matrix would be as close a techno thriller as I get. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Kevin
    December 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I loved Surrogates!

  • Anna Friday
    December 6, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I like the Matrix. Thanks!

  • SandyG265
    December 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t think I’ve read any techno-thriller books but I like The Matrix movei.

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