Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner

May 2010, Walker Books
432 pages, Paperback
Review Copy

Children's, sci-fi thriller

Cushions: 5
Daggers: 4
Smiles: 3
Tissues: 1
Nayuleska's recommended rating: ♥♥♥♥♥+

Summary from Walker Books

An apocalyptic sci-fi adventure with an ecological twist

Break the code – or tomorrow is history... Teenagers Tane and Rebecca are receiving messages from the future; messages that predict the end of the world. They have only days to decode them before the mysterious Chimera Project will wipe out the entire human race. Can they change the past and save the future?

If there is one book every person should read it is this one. All adults should read it. The thriller element made my stomach drop (yes, my stomach, as in I was so surprised/scared/unsure what would happen I held my breath as I turned the page). And as for the ecological part of it - wow. Talk about a good way to wipe out the human race.

Tane and Rebecca both have different skills. Individually there is no way they could have figured out what the code meant. Together they do break it. But breaking it is only half the battle. What the code says scared me. Especially when obstacles made it almost impossible for them to achieve their task.

I never thought Tane and Rebecca would go sneaking into secret facilities, get guns shoved in their faces, be threatened with death, buy a submarine (trust me, the whole story behind that is really clever and funny). And that's not all the book! That doesn't include the tension when each have to deal with their families who, like every other person on the planet, will be affected by the disaster. Or how frustrating it is when people in power don't listen to them just because they aren't adults.

This book is just so good! It's one I would insist is read in schools everywhere. It will appeal to all ages, and all readers. Definitely one for those liking action and suspense.

Brain Falkner and his books can be found on his website here

If you like fast-paced, apocalyptic books check out Meteorite Strike by A G Taylor

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