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Review: Kill Code by Clive Fleury

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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.

*I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Thanks to TCK Publishing for the opportunity!*


Who doesn’t love a good dystopian story? Kill Code by Clive Fleury is an action packed sci-fi dystopian novel taking place in the not so distant future. My favorite thing about dystopian novels is the world building, and finding the cause of the world’s current state. Kill Code does this very well and shows us the butterfly effects of the events leading up to the dark world we are now a part of from our hero’s POV. We’re immediately drawn into Hogan’s world as he is struggling to stay afloat in a collapsed economy and dreaming of a way out. His luck changes when he is finally accepted to compete for a coveted spot as a member of the National Security Council or NSC. The competition is fierce and so are the trials Hogan and the rest of the applicants are put through. It should come as no surprise, since Fleury is a screenwriter, that this book is incredibly cinematic in both writing style and description, and also in pacing and structure. The book is pretty short, under 200 pages, so the action is packed in and felt more like the pacing of a movie than the pacing of a novel. All of the scenes were vivid and exciting. I really enjoyed the plot and the twists, but since it was all packed in so tightly, I felt that it was all action. I would have liked to get in deeper with the characters, develop stronger connections and relationships between them, and have more time to really uncover the plot and earn the twists. That being said, Kill Code is an exciting read that would be perfect for action film fans and anyone looking for a quick thrill.

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