I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Alpha by Colin F. Barnes
Series: Code Breakers #1
Published by Audible Studios on 11/01/2016
Genres: Science Fiction
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Code Breakers: Alpha is a futuristic, high-stakes thrill ride. In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity survives within a single domed city run by a shadowy benefactor known only as The Family. Each week the death lottery claims more lives and Gerry Cardle, head of the lottery, inexplicably finds himself the next on the list. Something's wrong with the system. A deadly artificial intelligence has breached security. Gerry has just 7 days to live. Forced off the grid, Gerry has to do the unthinkable: willingly leave the city. What he finds in the abandoned lands will shatter his perception of what it means to be human. Everything he had been told before was a lie. In a deadly world of conspiracies, Gerry has to sacrifice everything he loves in order to save it, and time is running out. Look out for the other books in the series: Code Breakers Alpha Code Breakers Beta Code Breakers Gamma
This book depicts a post-apocalyptic future where humankind has been devastated by war and a small remnant lives inside of a dome. The main character Gerry finds himself targeted for a death lottery and must flee for his life.
The world-building in this book is very done when it comes to technology..it describes a world post-computers in which everyone and everything is networked and artificial intelligences coexist with humanity. The descriptions of the world and its history were a little less done and generally only mentioned in passing.
As far as characters, Gerry has advanced coding and hacking skills and much of the book details his learning about his abilities and the mystery of where they come from. I found the three main characters to be very intriguing although their backgrounds and history remain mostly clouded and they don’t always meet their potential (Petal).
Plot-wise I found the story to be quick paced and enjoyable, but not without faults. There was a twist with one of the characters near the end that I think fell flat and ultimately threw away what investment the reader had in it. And many times the characters did things without much explanation or motivation. Some mystery is good but too much is just annoying.
Ultimately though it was a good introduction for a series and engaging enough to be worth the read.
I listened to the audiobook and think the narrator did a great job.