2011-12-29

Review: The Beautiful Code

The Beautiful Code (The Start-Up #3) by Sadie Hayes
Release Date ~ December 20, 2011
Backlit Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis:
Set against the fast-paced, winner-take-all world of Silicon Valley, where today’s software geek is tomorrow’s billionaire, The Start-Up chronicles the meteoric rise of Adam and Amelia Dory, a talented brother and sister team. With only each other to rely on, the na├»ve eighteen-year-olds must make their way through a treacherous world of money, power, and envy.
This suspenseful and exciting episode is the third installment in an ongoing serial story.

The ending to The Anti-Social Network was KILLER so I just had to pick up The Beautiful Code ASAP. This entire series is like that; hook, line, and sinker. I'm really impressed by how much Sadie is able to fit into these books seeing as they're rather short, and if I didn't like the series already I definitely would after this one.
By The Beautiful Code, we're familiar enough with the stories and characters to have a better sense of what's going and who these people are and really makes it exciting to see where this is all headed.

  1. Amelia:
    Amelia is worth reading the books all on her own. She's outstanding, and easily my favourite character out of the bunch. All of the characters are turning out to be drastically different from the types of people I originally predicted they were, but Amelia is one that really stands apart from the rest. I think, if anything, these books seem to be a story of Amelia growing up and exploring who she is and coming to terms with herself and her past. And by this book, we're really starting to see her act on this which is great!
  2. Who's the villain? Who's the good guy?
    I am constantly going back and forth, and back and forth, trying to figure out who I can trust and who I can't (which is probably what Adam and Amelia are doing as well). Nobody is quite as bad as they seem to be, and nobody is quite as good as they present themselves. There is this constant drama of people discovering their secrets, and their motives, and who knows which secrets? I kind of miss having a Gossip Girl character around just to keep everything straight for me, but it's delicious reading all the same. It's just constant surprises and revelations, one after another = fun!
While there are quite a few things I LOVE about these books, I'm really hoping for some new changes to spice things up in the next few. Less cliffhangers, and more development of other secondary characters, and even Adam because he doesn't seem to be doing too much yet. But the writing is as good as ever, and there were some things hinted at in this read that I'm hoping will be fully fleshed out soon...

Review copy received from author in exchange for my honest review; no other compensation was received!
Rating: 3.5/5

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