Author: Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
Rating: 8 out of 10
** Spoiler Alert: Read Virals OR Seizure (no review, summary on Virals review page. If you are wondering, I liked it) before reading Code**
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.
What I Think: I need to start by saying that I'm a very big fan of Kathy Reichs so I may be bias. I think that she is a great writer and I always enjoy reading her novels especially her young adult novels because they still require thought but are at a level that are easy to understand and easy to read. They make you feel like you are getting the science of a more hardcore novel but are still able to enjoy the drama of teenage life. It mixes two of my favourite things. I was however very dissapointed with the cover change. Now my set doesn't match. OCD FTW? I think this one should match, how hard is that?
Anyway, I digress! I love the setting of this series. The authors paint a beautiful picture of the area and allow me to visualize what the characters are seeing. That helps to get me into the story. It's a great place for these stories to take place too. I couldn't imagine how different it would be if it took place elsewhere. I'm happy that it doesn't.
The characters are great. They are each unique. Kit is as far away and still close as ever. He is more aware then is let on until the end. I feel like he gets ignored too often. He's a great guy. Whitney...urg! I'd kill her if I were Tory. God bless Tory for not killing her. Tory is a great leader. I like that she tests limits but also realizes the need to be safe. She is also compassionate and worries about hurting the feelings of other people. It's the perfect mix of what people feel. Everything is tossed inside but at different levels. She has the depth of a true person. However, she should have figured out what was what between Ben and Jason.
I love the snappy writing and the small, quick jokes. I am sarcastic and relate to that well. This book gives a few good laughs while keeping itself honest and true to the characters and story line. Tension is released at the best moments and built when it needs to be. Emotions ran to fit the story; I got into it. I was upset at the end just as Tory was and I felt betrayed and hurt and happy like she did. Mostly, I felt bad that she had to put up with so much creepy. The biggest creep (in this story) being for a stupid reason in the end. Though, to level with you, I figured out what was going on before I got to the end. I also figured out quite a few of the puzzles which made me angry because if I could figure it out, why couldn't they? I should have been proud but I was just disappointed. The feeling didn't last though.
In Conclusion:I could see myself reading this novel again in the future. As I said before, I am a big fan of Kathy Reichs. I have all her novels and, of them, this series is definitely the easiest to follow. I enjoyed the quick wit, quick read, and small bites of science. If you like crime, puzzles, and mystery you might like this novel. However, it's not all true science since they are Virals. Science-fiction gets thrown into the mix so if you don't enjoy that beware. Me? I'm waiting for the next book.