Social Code, The (Start-Up)

Social Code, The (Start-Up) - Sadie Hayes 'The Social Code' was an unexpected journey into the minds of a genius girl and an ambitious brother. There was something so appealing about reading about characters that are outside the realms of what was accepted and expected in New Adult books today.If you're looking for a novel that's violence-free, sex-free and with limited foul language, this is a book you should considered. Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoy hot guys and raunchy scenes as much as the next hot-blooded girl, but sometimes I want more than that. And, in 'The Social Code' I found it.CharactersAmelia was a quiet, studious computer geek with a mysterious past. One you wouldn't have expected for her to have. She was principled, naive and totally stubborn at times. She was actually the character I liked the most. She was relatable. She suffered through what most girls do.Adam was her go-getting brother. Him - I didn't like so much. Even with that said, he is an intriguing character. He has an edge of good and bad. I kept wondering where his loyalties lay - and it was how I felt right up to the end of the book. He had traits where I found I just wanted to hit him.There were so many other characters in 'The Social Code'. All with their own intriguing stories too. Although, I have to say that I'm somewhat puzzled in how they fit into the story. They felt like add-ins. Like it wouldn't have really mattered if they were there or not.PlotThe story line was something that I adored. Two college kids taking on industrial espionage. There was also that feeling that 'Big Brother' was really tracking and tracing your every movement. That's only a sample of what the book was about - there's so much more I could add.There was a real difference with the plot. It wasn't about one character falling in love with another. It was about a collection of characters - some that fell in love, others that didn't and some that did some quite scandalous things. I don't really know how to describe it, it was just so unique from other New Adult books I have read. In some ways, I could picture the book as a T.V. series.There are some quite sordid themes to this book - cheating and criminal activity - just to name a few.Writing StyleThe writing style was simple. I'm not sure if it flowed as well as it could have. I think that was because of the way it chopped and changed to different characters. It was told in third voice, which I really enjoyed in this case. Even though, as I said above, I wasn't sure why some of the characters were there.Boring/Not BoringHmm I didn't find it boring at all. It was a little slow when the book first started, but it quickly got better. There was enough drama in this novel to keep me reading. And, because I liked the characters, it was easy to get caught up in their lives.OverallI was happy to receive this book for review. I had no expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised when I read it. I really enjoyed it. I think it was because I was expecting it to be similar to the other New Adult books I have read and it wasn't. For that alone, I'll go on and read the sequels. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's reasonably clean with an enthralling plot.Now for my rating:Four out of five starsThis review can be found here:-