Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/Thriller
Subjects: murder, death, love, mystery, action, assassins
Setting: in the future, in Florida, near the everglades in a place called the Shallows, and then the Ridge in Washington
POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense, rotating between Meadow and Zephyr
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 496 pgs.
List Price: $17.99
Publisher: HarperTeen: Greenwillow
Summary/ product description: “With short, fast-paced, alternating point-of-view chapters, The Death Code starts several weeks after The Murder Complex ended. Zephyr keeps the secret about Meadow close—that if she dies, The Murder Complex will be destroyed, too. Meadow, desperate to find her brother, father, and little sister, is determined to fearlessly fight to the end, even if it means sacrificing herself and her friends, new and old. The Death Code introduces a memorable cast of secondary characters and delivers a vivid and scary thrill ride read.”
My Review: The Death Code, the sequel to the Murder Complex is a fast-paced thrill ride. It’s set in Florida’s everglades and then Washington state at the Ridge. The story alternates between Meadow and Zephyr’s point of views. Meadow is very badass and was trained by her father. Zephyr is a patient of the Murder Complex programmed to kill, but would prefer not to.
The Initiative has captured Meadow and is torturing her to get information about the resistance and the whereabouts of her mother. Meadow is strong and doesn’t tell then anything. She doesn’t know where her mother is and doesn’t really care since her mother is the reason why the Murder Complex exists. They decide that using Meadows sister Peri might get Meadow to do what they ask.
When Meadow finally escapes, stuff happens. Around page 150 things are really set into motion by a tragic event that actually may have been good. (If I tell you anything else it would be a spoiler.) Then Meadow and Zephyr head across country to the Ridge, another testing site where Peri and the rest of her family is being held. The Ridge is crazy. It’s the testing site for genetic mutation where the Initiative is hoping to find something called the “Death Code” or the cure to the The Cure (nanites). It’s full of dangers that Meadow never experienced in the Shallows. Can Meadow rescue her family and bring down the Murder Complex before it’s to late?
I love the characters. Meadow reminds me so much of Tris Prior from Divergent. She makes lot of sacrifices and is truly brave and Zephyr is kind of like Four. The world building is scary. People get murdered daily in the Shallow. The murder rate is higher than the birth rate. This story is full of murder and horrible event, sometimes gruesome. I wouldn’t recommend it to the younger kids. This book is bloodier than the Hunger Games. Like Katniss, Meadow has a younger sister that she cares for: Peri. I recommend this to fans of Divergent, The Hunger Games, Legend, Reboot, The Maze Runner, and other action-packed YA dystopian book about survival.
Cover Art Review: I know it’s supposed to by Zephyr. Kind of wish the cover was more interesting.