Cover of KILL CODE by Clive Fleury.

Review: KILL CODE by Clive Fleury

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of Kill Code for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


Cover of KILL CODE by Clive Fleury.

Title: Kill Code
Author: Clive Fleury
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Publication date: December 5, 2018
Average rating: 4.28/5 stars
My rating: 2/5 stars

Goodreads Description:
“WHEN THE OCEANS RISE…THE TRUTH DROWNS

It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.

Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive.

But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society. All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams.

But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC are hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets.

In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?

Kill Code is the first novel in an exciting new dystopian science fiction series from the mind of the award-winning author, screenwriter, and director Clive Fleury.

Fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and Divergent by Veronica Roth will be captivated by Kill Code.”

My Thoughts:
I would like to first pat myself on the back for getting through this ARC in its entirety without passing out from boredom.

Done! Onto my review.

Despite what you might think, I hold no hatred for this book. Much like how I don’t hate bees, but still avoid them whenever possible.

Hogan Duran. The only thing I learned about him was he has an ego the size of what’s left of North America. Ruby’s probably the love interest in the story, but the readers wouldn’t know it by how little we’re let into Hogan’s thoughts and feelings. Not the kind of experience I anticipating when reading in the first-person narrative.

It’s possible my love for the dystopian genre was my downfall in the end, for having read so many, but I found Kill Code incredibly predictable. The parts that weren’t predictable made no logistical sense! What started out as a good plot twist–something in this book I finally felt I could rally behind–turned into… How do I put this delicately? I cant. It was an elaborate shit show.

Lastly, for my fellow disabled readers, do yourselves a favor and skip this book. The only disabled representation, if you can call it that, was Hogan’s best friend. Max merely served as a reminder of Hogan’s guilt for being the reason his friend’s in a wheelchair, to the point where he quit one of the few stable jobs left in existence. Once they’re attacked for Max’s outstanding gambling debt, Hogan encourages him to leave town. Don’t even get me started on the public bus Hogan carried him onto. Apparently, wheelchair lifts and designated wheelchair seats cease to exist by the year 2031. Max’s wheelchair was separated from him, thrown in with the luggage, for what I can only assume is the duration of the ride.

Do I recommend this book? No.
Will I be reading the next installment? No.

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