GUARDIAN (Proxy, #2) by Alex London
Release Date: May 29, 2014
Hardcover,Â 352 pages
Genre: YA / Dystopian / LGBT
The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.
In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Sydâs bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists arenât the only danger.
People are falling illâtheir veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides itâs up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned.
This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page.
A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendshipâjust as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.
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âTheyâre human,â some argued.
âTheyÂ wereÂ human,â said others. âNow theyâre meat.â
âWe have to study the infection,â said the doctor.
âWe have to contain it,â said the counselor and gave her orders. âBurn the bodies.â
A work detail was tasked with the burning. One by one, in the dead of night, green uniforms with white masks hauled corpses to the pile. The corpses were webbed with black veins, their entire network of blood vessels visible through the pale skin. Dried blood obscured their faces and each had a single hole in the temple by the eyes, where the killing bolt went in. They were put down like livestock, burned like sacrifices.
As the bodies crackled, the doctor watched the flames, her face half in shadow, half dancing in firelight. âI believe there is a cure for this,â she said.
The counselor, standing beside her, nodded, but did not turn to look her way. âYour cure is worse than the disease.â
âYou believe that?â
âItâs the truth. Your way is treason.â
âYouâre in denial,â the doctor said. âThis is going to get worse if we donât stop it.â
âItâs a new world, Doctor,â the counselor replied. âWe canât turn back the clock.â
âEven to save peopleâs lives?â
âTheseââthe counselor gestured at the bodiesââare not people.â
âIf it spreads?â
âIs it spreading?â
âIt is your job to know.â
âI can hardly understand it. The blood turns against the body. Itching, burning. Then, expulsion. Half of them bleed out.â
âAnd the other half?â
The doctor clenched her jaw. âThey havenât bled out yet.â
âThey are in pain?â
âThey canât communicate, but we have to restrain them to keep them from scratching their skin off with their fingernails.â The doctor sighed. âSo, yes, they are in pain.â
âPut them out of their misery,â the counselor ordered.
âBut, we can still learnââ
âThose are the orders.â The counselor walked away, two green uniforms trailing her into the jungle. The doctor took off her white smock, pulled the blue gloves from her hands with a loud synthetic snap, and stood before the flames. She watched her latest failed experiments turn to smoke and ash in the bonfire, every bit of blood boiled away, with all the information it might have contained.
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C. Alexander London grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He’s an author of nonfiction for grown-ups (under a slightly different not very secret name), books for teens (as Alex London…see above), and, younger readers. He once won a 12-gauge skeet-shooting tournament because no one else had signed up in his age group. He’s a Master SCUBA diver who hasn’t been diving in way too long, and, most excitingly, a fully licensed librarian. He used to know the Dewey Decimal System from memory.
He doesn’t anymore.
While traveling as a journalist, he watched television in 23 countries (Burmese soap operas were the most confusing; Cuban news reports were the most dull), survived an erupting volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a hurricane on small island in the Caribbean, 4 civil wars (one of them was over by the time he got there, thankfully), and a mysterious bite on his little toe in the jungles of Thailand. The bite got infected and swollen and gross and gave him a deep mistrust of lizards, even though it probably wasn’t a lizard that bit him.
Although he has had many adventures, he really does prefer curling up on the couch and watching some good television or reading a book. He enjoys danger and intrigue far more when it’s happening to somebody else.
He lives in Brooklyn, NY.