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Friday, 22 November 2013

Review: CODE

Code by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
Book 3 of the Virals series
Read by Cristin Milioti
Genre: YA science fiction thriller
Format: hardback & audiobook

About Code:
The Virals are put to the ultimate test when they find a geocache containing an ornate puzzle box. Shelton decodes the cipher inside, only to find more tantalizing clues left by "The Gamemaster." A second, greater geocache is within reach — if the Virals are up to the challenge.

But the hunt takes a dark turn when Tory locates the other box — a fake bomb, along with a sinister proposal from The Gamemaster. Now, the real game has begun: another bomb is out there — a real one — and the clock is ticking.
Source: Info in the About Code was taken from http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7744611-code on 11/03/2013.

I know I promised that I would not buy this book until it got cheap in the secondhand market... well, the library beat the secondhand market to it. I placed my request for this book at the library not so long ago. Then the library emailed me that the book is ready for pick up! I wasn't expecting it to be so soon since I was, what, tenth in the queue of requests, or something?? I wasn't sure whether that was a good or a bad sign. Did people read this book that quickly? Or did not want the book after all and so I was bumped up the queue? But for some reason it went faster than anticipated. So there I was reading Code after all. Besides, after reading Deadly Decisions, Tory is not as stupid as Dr. Temperance Brennan. Heck, compared to Brennan, Tory barely registers on the richter scale of stupidity! However the stupid vibes is still annoying as hell! I was also not very impressed with the plot in this book. It depended on the characters acting stupid to create the story's dilemma so that the Virals can show off and save the world. Pretty weak plot. I hope they would improve on the plot and the stupid factor because this series has a beautiful and really soound world building!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3
Character development = 3
Story itself = 2.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 2
Pace = N/A (10 hrs and 48 mins of listening time)
Plot = 2.5
Narrator = 4

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

Thank you to RCT Libaray for the lending me the hardback copy of this book.

FTC Disclosure:
The hardback copy was borrowed from the library. The audiobook edition was purchased with private funds. No money received for this review.

1 comment:

Anne said...

I'm glad someone else agrees with me about Brennan. I frequently go long periods of time between the books and have recently read 3. Probably the latest 3. I did not recall brennan being such an idiot. She is not a cop or an investigator (other than forensically) yet she persists in snooping (then again that happens a lot in mysteries) and by herself while unarmed. I doubt I'll read any more. It's one thing for Suzy Everywoman to be stupid, another for a professional woman with advanced degrees and lots of law enforcement friends to continue to make the same mistake book after book. (That's why I've given up on Patricia Cornwell's books, not to mention her characters are just plain unlikeable.)

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