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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.

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