The book “Proxy” by Alex London follows our protagonist Sydney Carton, a 16-year-old teenager of color through the dystopian future. The future is composed of two tiers, the poor and the rich. Those who had money had all of the privileges of the world, along with the ability to buy a “proxy”. A “proxy” is a person who owes a debt to a major company and or firm if a person purchases a proxy, all of the things that they do wrong and all of the sentences that would have originally been placed upon the rich person, will be caused to the proxy. Our protagonist is a proxy for the rich idiot Knox, since the age of 4, he had been punished by multiple EMD shocks. The latest sin that Knox had committed was a car accident, which has cost the life of a young girl and the hospitalization of Knox himself.
Alex London plays with a theme that money is not the only thing that matters in the world, instead our families and friends are the real prizes in life. “All his happy expressions came from his mother.” (132, London) As Syd begins on his quest to escape the city and the systems, he runs into his patron, Knox. As they make their way to the border of the city, Knox begins to learn that money was not everything and that him being with his friends was the best gift for him. Syd finds out that he had a certain virus in his blood that could bring down the whole system, and he meets up with another patron, Marie. As the novel goes on the author constantly reminds us of this fact.
Marie helps Knox and Syd make his way to the Rebooters so that they could upload the virus in his blood and destroy the whole system. The day that this is supposed to happen is called Jubilee, the day that all is forgiven.“Jubilee,” said Mr. Baram. “When all is forgiven.” (532). Along the way, more people are killed to catch Syd along with his best friend Egan. All of these casualties only infuriated him and stimulated him to complete his mission. As they made their way to the Rebooters; Syd, Marie, and Knox grew evermore closer together.
As the world progresses we must all remember to distance ourselves from money, we can’t rely completely on money as our source of happiness. Instead, we should focus on what’s around us and whos around us. We shouldn’t try to distance ourselves from others just based on how much money we have.
In conclusion “Proxy” by Alex London, introduces us with a life lesson and a rule of thumb for us to live by, that money is not everything and our family and friends are more important.