Being by Kevin Brooks

Title: Being
Author: Kevin Brooks
Published: January 1, 2007
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Mystery
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Goodreads Synopsis: “The Fugitive” meets “Blade Runner” with a Kevin Brooks kick in this heart-stopper about a boy who discovers he’s not one hundred percent human.

It was just supposed to be a routine exam. But when the doctors snake the fiber-optic tube down Robert Smith’s throat, what they discover doesn’t make medical sense. Plastic casings. Silver filaments. Moving metal parts. In his naked, anesthetized state on the operating table, Robert hears the surgeons’ shocked comments: “What the hell is that?”

“It’s me,” Robert thinks, “and I’ve got to get out of here.” Armed with a stolen automatic and the videotape of his strange organs, he manages to escape, and to embark on an orphan’s violent odyssey to find out exactly who–exactly what–he is.


Robert Smith (who made me think of The Cure every time I read his name) is a sixteen year old boy who has spent his life going from foster home to foster home. In the beginning of the book he’s in the hospital for a routine endoscopy. During the endoscopy, the doctors discover he isn’t fully human and that he’s full of machinery. Robert wakes up in a different room than he fell asleep in and his stomach cut open and doctors and strange men in suits standing around him.

Robert takes the anesthesiologist at gunpoint and goes on the run, where he meets up with a girl named Eddie who makes fake IDs, hotwires cars, and sells drugs, and they run away to Spain together.

I was really into this book when it first started because it was super intense, but as time went on, and not a single question was answered, I started to get annoyed. In the last chapter I thought I’d finally find out what/who Robert is, or who the men in suits are, but the book just ends on a violent note. I thought maybe there was a sequel, but there isn’t! Had there been answers, this would have been a great book, but there isn’t a single answer and now I can’t help feeling like I wasted my time! 😦


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