Code, the 3rd book in the Virals series, did not disappoint as a story or as a continuation. By itself, Code is a whirlwind thriller full of science, deduction, betrayal, danger, and frighteningly real characters. As a continuation, Code fed just enough new information into the ongoing mystery of the Virals' existence to keep me interested without leaving me hanging (much).
What I liked the best about the Virals series is that Kathy Reichs (and now helped by Brendan Reichs) is not afraid to take risks with the main characters. They are mercilessly put through trials by fire, trials by emotional ruin, and trials of conscience, and each time, they rise to the occasion and deliver amazingly.
My favorite part of Code itself...? The Gamemaker. Without revealing too many spoilers, the Gamemaker was fascinatingly cunning, ruthlessly determined, and psychologically terrifying. He wasn't your typical YA villain who pushes the young protagonists into a dark closet, leaving them plenty of time to escape. Not at all. He was evil and dark and hunted his prey like a wolf hunts a rabbit.
I also really enjoyed getting to see the Virals all growing up a little. That must be a very hard trick to pull, because very few authors do it well, if they do it at all. But the authors of Code did it very well, blending newfound maturity with expanded responsibility and newfound feelings that are very real and well-known to anyone who's ever been a teenager.
The return of narrator Cristin Milioti also makes me very happy. She reads the voice of Tory perfectly, and I love the well-planned special effect that are thrown in at just the right moment.
5/5 would listen again.
Yes! The story was one of timeless importance and full of intricacies that can be enjoyed over and over again.
The gradual revealing of why the characters' feelings led them to do what they did.
Haven't listened to any others, but this one was very good!
"The hope of one man is the downfall of another. "
Castrovalva is certainly NOT a typical Doctor Who story! It contains twists and turns, and there is always a dark figure lurking in the background. Still it is very well written, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. All the mathematical phraseology, evidently meant to confuse, is very well explained. The action comes on in spurts and keeps you interested until the rather bittersweet ending. All in all, this is a great Doctor Who story. The only thing I could say is that the description on audible.com is rather inaccurate.
Doctor Who and the Giant Robot was an excellently written and well performed audiobook. If you like a good, classic Doctor Who story, this is the ONE for you! The narrator is a very good reader with a very calming voice that really lets you fall into the story. I was sad when it ended! I would definitely recomend this book to anyone that likes Doctor Who. Also, if you are curious about Doctor Who and what to know what it's like, this would be an excellent story to begin with. Again, this is a very classic story in true Tom Baker (The actor that played the Doctor as well as narrated this story) form.
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