Review: London Eye by Tim Lebbon

October 4, 2012 Review 1

London Eye (Toxic City, #1)


(Toxic City, #1)
by Tim Lebbon

Genre:  Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by:  Kristina | Source: Publisher

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (October 2, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 161614680X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146801


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.


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.


Unlike most post apocalyptic stories where the entire world is affected, in LONDON EYE, the first book in Tim Lebbon’s Toxic City series,only London was attacked. The story moves fast and many of the action scenes are wonderfully intense and scary especially the few that happen in dark enclosed places. What I really enjoyed was the profoundly creepy news blurbs at the beginning of the chapters consisting of the radio broadcasts immediately following the terrorist attack. These blurbs only start appearing before the chapters when Jack and his friends approach London. This helps increase the desolation and eeriness of the present day London Jack encounters when he enters the city.

While the depiction of a devastated London was very well described, I was left with a few questions about just how the survivors started evolving ‘strange, fantastic powers. I also had to suspend disbelief over the rapid development of these powers a mere two years after the attack, and why no one in the book questioned the sudden appearance of these burgeoning abilities.

Questions about how this evolution happened aside, I did love the ‘X-Men’ like powers they develop such as rapid healing and foresight. I also enjoyed seeing the ways people evolved and the exploration of life in London post-attack, but was left wanting more in character development. Some of the relationships between this group of supposedly close friends seem to be pretty superficial. At times they really care for each other but at other times they almost forget they exist.

LONDON EYE reveals a unique dystopian world filling a decrepit London with rapid human evolution. I enjoyed the premise though I was left with more questions than I wanted and found the character development to be uneven. I look forward to seeing my questions cleared up in the next book in the Toxic City series which  should be published in 2013.

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One Response to “Review: London Eye by Tim Lebbon”

  1. Raine

    I’m wary reading dystopians I guess I don’t like to get too depressed after reading but this one set in London made me curious how the country was cut off with the rest of the world. It sounds like that a very strategic attack happened in those two years to make it very isolated .