Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #26

Hosted by Pen to Paper
It almost makes me sad sometimes how any wonderful books there are out there in the world, because I know I'll never be able to read them all. I can't even read all the books coming out this year. But then I wave my hands dismissively, because HOLY COW BOOKS ARE AMAZING! This week's pick is a perfect case in point.
Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.

Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.
This is like... like the sci-fi version of The Whipping Boy! I only saw that movie once and only vaguely remember liking it, but still. My relationship-dynamic-driven girl brain is going haywire. CLEARLY there is bound to be major amounts of resentment between the two boys. Syd is a slave, forced to take Knox's punishments no matter what. Knox is a reckless brat who likely doesn't even think of Syd as a person. But now they're forced to work together and care for each other.

I LOVE watching two people go from hating each other to willing to die for each other. Bromance, you guys!

Your turn! What are you wishing for this Wednesday?