Monday, 14 January 2013

Review: Code by Kathy Reichs

Title: Code
Author: Kathy Reichs
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Genre: Young Adult
Series: Virals #3
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardback
Publication Date: 3rd January 2013

Tell Me About It
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.

My Thoughts
I am so excited to be joining the Virals, Tory, Hi, Ben, Shelton and Coop, on another adventure. Code has been one of the books I have been eagerly awaiting its release and I was super excited to receive a copy for review.
Geocaching is the new hobby for Hi.  What started out initially as a hobby, soon turns out to be a deadly game of hide and seek, with lives at stake. The Virals must find and solve all the clues before time runs out, and someone dies.  To add to the chaos, Tory also has to deal with her d├ębutante ball.

I loved this series from the moment I first read it, and I found it easy to fall back into the world Kathy has created and join the Virals once again.  This pack, which is what they are in Coop's eyes, certainly know how to find trouble, or trouble has a way of finding them, either way it makes for a great read that has you engrossed.  The dynamic relationship between this group of friends is even stronger than before, and the 'pack' ties and their special abilities only enable them to become closer.  While at times they don't necessarily want to be as close as they become at some times on the book, when the need strikes their unique skills only helps them at whatever clue they are solving.  However I think that the Virals act before they think in most cases, but they do what they think is right, whether their methods are legal or not and I admire them for their tenacity.

Throughout this series I have witnessed each character come into their own, and I thought I knew them inside out, but there are shocks in store within the pages of Code, and I did not see any of them.  One of them I had no idea about, and I like how it was as much of a surprise to me, as it was for another character.  Another one was something I couldn't believe had happened, how than they do this and still feel like it was OK.  Code brings back our favourite characters, and we get to see even more of Whitney, much to Tory's displeasure, and while Whitney is a lot to handle for just one person alone, I do respect her for how she acted after an altercation with Troy, and I respect her for dealing with it like an adult, and not as a 'friend' or as a stand in Mother for Tory.

Anyone who has read the previous book for this series, has to read Code, and while the ending wasn't what I wanted, it also leaves it open for another book, which I am really really hoping will happen.  Kathy has once again done an amazing job of making scientific, geeky stuff very interesting, and I still need to pick up her other books.

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