Boy 23 isn't in My Place any more. He can't see The Screen, he can't hear The Voice. Boy 23 is alone.
One dark night, Boy 23 is thrown in the back of the van and driven out of My Place - the only home he has ever known. He is abandoned in a forest with a rucksack containing the bare essentials for survival. Before the van drives away, a voice tells him he must run as far as he can. His life depends on it. Boy 23 has never known another human. Boy 23 has never even been outside. So who is he? Why do people want to kill him? And more to the point, who is the voice that wants to save him?
Sometimes, you'll find a book like Boy 23 which has such a unique feel to it that there are only two ways to take it: you can either really love it, or it can be such a big disappointment. For me, it was the latter.
I felt that the book had quite a lot to offer and I really was quite excited by the high pace that the book started with. Unfortunately, I struggled to connect with Jesper, the main character, and the plot seemed very slow and draggy for the vast majority of the book that I'll admit, I was skimming. The language and slang used in the book made it quite difficult to be absorbed and this just added to my difficulties.
Overall, I didn't particularly enjoy reading Boy 23 - I finished it, but I skimmed a lot of it.
Overall Rating: D-
Book released 19th November 2015 by Bloomsbury
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review