Colin F. Barnes CODE BREAKERS Book Review

by on February 7, 2017

in book reviews, Entertainment

Book Review of Code Breakers by Colin F. Barnes

Colin F. Barnes has made a world out of place in time in the Code Breakers series where the future has fantastic technology layered in the dust of a post apocalyptic world ravaged by narcissistic avarice and nuclear weaponry. I mean, what could go wrong there?

It’s not a pretty world but as we are introduced to Gerry, we see how he’s fooled into his near perfect daily routine that gets interrupted when his name pops up on the death lottery, a morbid but necessary tool to help maintain the population inside the protective layer of the dome.

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But where the dome is designed to create an idyllic life on a barren wasted landscape, Gerry finds himself at wits end about being chosen by the lottery. You would think it’s normal to freak out about winning this particular lottery, but in this case his confusion is warranted, seeing as how he helped develop the lottery system and he should have been exempt from being picked.

And that’s how it begins, Gerry’s journey of self-discovery and challenge. To find things he took for granted ripped out from under him. All while meeting a new social order of people he never knew existed.

This entire story is wrapped in a neat and new kind of world where the technology of networked computers has been joined to our very brains. Where instead of writing code to run programs, people weave code with their minds. Some better than others, where different people have different latent talents.

We meet characters of different skills and capabilities from different walks of society, from the aloof “Family” to the ragged stragglers in the desert whose lineage has survived a nuclear holocaust.

The world that Barnes creates is a rich, full world of characters and settings, of a seemingly nostalgic old world setting meshed with the future. This world reminded me of how the realm of Star Wars is presented, with old-world looking settings laced with future technology. And if you’re a computer geek, I think you would enjoy some core aspects of the story, where people have the ability to create VPNs on the fly between each other, connecting to nodes they can detect in their heads… and other fun stuff that IT folk can appreciate to some degree.

The Code Breakers collected volumes is a fantastic way to absorb yourself in an ongoing tale for quite some time. I love tales that last a long time and this book series carries a story through the four volumes, each volume, a story unto itself, but connected with each other.

The tales and world that Barnes creates is captivating and engaging. As you move forward through the volumes, it can get a bit old in the third and fourth volumes, but the bigger picture is what keeps it all swirling around in a fresh tone, as our characters constantly encounter big and subtle surprises along the way. There are characters you’ll care about, hate, root for and be confused by.

I picked this collected series up during a promotional pricing venue but I would not have minded if I had paid the full price for each book.

 

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Paul Forcey February 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

Sounds just like my kind of book

I just finished the Wool series, which I liked. I did think the last book ended up a bit strangely but it was a good read.

The only reason I mention that is because you did a review of it when it was a digital e book I believe.

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