by Alex London
Knox is constantly getting into trouble. He's been in trouble regularly since he was five. But he's never been punished.
Syd has never been a troublemaker. He's always tried to stay on the right side of things. But he's always been punished.
Syd is Knox's proxy and Knox is Syd's patron. When Knox does something wrong, Syd gets punished for it. In turn, Knox's family pays for Syd's education and basic medical care.
Knox sees Syd get punished, but he doesn't stop it because he knows that's the system. That's the way things are.
Syd has never seen Knox, but he knows that's the system. He's just waiting for his debt to clear and his time to be served.
When Knox goes too far and Syd must suddenly take on a debt that's far too large, Syd makes the decision to leave the system. He won't take this punishment for his patron.
He'll just take his patron.
Final thoughts: This has a very interesting premise. I enjoyed the ideas and the basic plot. However, the point of view drove me nuts. It didn't really fit any mode like third person limited or omniscient. From paragraph to paragraph, the reader is shown one person's view and feelings and then the next person's with no warning or consideration. I kept having to readjust throughout the entire book, which just frustrated me to no end. So while the plot and ideas were original and interesting, the writing was just annoying.