Top positive review
Good fun but lacking threat
on 10 June 2013
I'm all for reading young adult books, even though I'm 36, as some of them are right up there with main stream adult fiction for pure entertainment. Alex Scarrow, Mark Walden, Carl Ashmore & J K Rowling spring to mind.
I was attracted to this book after seeing it in my local library with the tag line "The Da Vinci Code for kids".
In a nutshell, a secret group of code breakers recruit a group of talented kids to hopefully crack an unbreakable code whilst another group try to stop them.
There's a nice mix of characters, particularly the kids, and the story moves at a fairly speedy pace. The one thing I felt was lacking, however, was any threat to our heroes. The "baddies" aren't particular sinister or menacing (kids book, I know, but you still need danger) and I felt it could have benefitted from a "Silas" type character.
I did enjoy this book and I'll definitely read the next. Just hope there's a little more danger to it.