London Eye

London Eye

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The Hunger Games meets the X-Men in an exciting postapocalyptic debut.
Two years after London is struck by a devastating terrorist attack, it is cut off from the world, protected by a military force known as Choppers. The rest of Britain believes that the city is now a toxic, uninhabited wasteland. But Jack and his friends--some of whom lost family on what has become known as Doomsday--know that the reality is very different. At great risk, they have been gathering evidence about what is really happening in London-and it is incredible. Because the handful of London's survivors are changing. Developing strange, fantastic powers. Evolving. Upon discovering that his mother is still alive inside London, Jack, his sister, and their three friends sneak into a city in ruins. Vast swathes have been bombed flat. Choppers cruise the streets looking for survivors to experiment upon. The toxic city is filled with wonders and dangers that will challenge Jack and his friends ... and perhaps kill them. But Jack knows that the truth must be revealed to the outside world or every survivor will die.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 229 pages
  • 147.32 x 218.44 x 27.94mm | 340.19g
  • English
  • New.
  • 161614680X
  • 9781616146801
  • 643,250

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"This is the first title in what promises to be a gripping series depicting a near-future England in the throes of a postapocalyptic disaster. Lebbon tells a grim tale, made a bit lighter by the well-developed friendship among the teens and the devoted relationship between Jack and his sister."
-School Library Journal "An inventive read that will entice readers of all ages."
-Monsters and Critics "Fans of The Hunger Games should enjoy this book as well..."
-Blogcritics "Readers really come to inhabit Lebbon's destroyed, scary world. A great read."
-RT Book Reviews, Four stars (Compelling - Page-turner) "A straightforward adventure narrative, moving from the relative safety of suburban life to the dangerous streets of London, with plenty of gunfights, showdowns, and daring escapes to keep readers turning the pages."
-VOYA "If you've got a YA reader who is looking for a good action adventure with a solid dose of mystery and mutations, they're sure to enjoy London Eye."
-Wired.com "Geek Dad" "A fascinating story....[Lebbon] creates a stellar cast of characters...complex and relatable throughout the book. The plot unfolds at a nice pace and keeps the reader engaged throughout the whole story. This is a great new series for fans of fantasy."
-Portland Book Review
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About Tim Lebbon

Tim Lebbon is a New York Times-bestselling writer from South Wales. He has had over twenty novels, dozens of novellas, and hundreds of short stories published to date. Recent books include London Eye (Toxic City Book One), and The Map of Moments (coauthored with Christopher Golden). He has won four British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, and a Scribe Award, and has been a finalist for International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, and World Fantasy Awards. Fox 2000 recently acquired film rights to his book series The Secret Journeys of Jack London, and Tim and Christopher Golden have delivered the screenplay. Visit Tim online at www.timlebbon.net and on Twitter @timlebbon.
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Rating details

415 ratings
3.29 out of 5 stars
5 15% (62)
4 29% (122)
3 33% (139)
2 14% (60)
1 8% (32)

Our customer reviews

The Hunger Games meets X-Men? Some crazy attack on London that has left the city absolutely devastated and isolated from the rest of the world? People with superhuman powers and abilities? This is EXACTLY the kind of premise I love to hear about. Plenty of action and excitement should be an unstoppable book. But unfortunately, London Eye simply failed to deliver those anticipations of mine. I had a difficult time really connecting with the book, and if I can't do that then I'm bound to dislike it. Reasons to Read: 1. There is PLENTY of action: This was awesome - I liked that danger really was lurking around every corner and that the further the story moved along, the more likely it was that more danger would take place as the group drew closer to London. It's a messy and crazy world, and the action at least kept the story moving along for me. 2. Diversity with characters: These definitely aren't your cookie-cutter YA characters, and I applaud Tim Lebbon for being creative with his characters and making them real and flawed. They were edgier than I expected, and far more honest than most. Plus, I like seeing more male perspectives in YA. And I thought it was brilliant to include Emily as Jack's younger sister, and giving them a very strong sibling relationship with each other. Regardless, the story ultimate felt lacking to me. As diverse as the characters were, I couldn't stand most of them. I had the hardest time relating to Jack and just didn't find the redeeming characters I was looking for from him. And Lucy-Ann was another character I didn't take to - I wonder if perhaps it's because I didn't buy into her relationship with Jack. We're introduced to them at a time when they're both having a hard time with their relationship but because they were so new to me, I couldn't fully appreciate how difficult this struggle was for them. I couldn't fathom why these kids were so trusting with strangers, considering they had been on their own for so long. But mostly, I felt like I was thrown into a world with characters I didn't know anything about. I wanted to like them, I wanted to know more about what was going on in this time and place, but I didn't get that. It felt glossed over and rushed, and without strong world building and character development I just couldn't connect with the story at all. Review copy received from publisher for review; no other compensation was received.show more
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