Kill Code: A Dystopian Science Fiction Novel by Clive Fleury
Publication Date : December 5th 2018
Publisher : TCK Publishing
Read Date : January 29th 2019
Genre : Dystopian / Sci-Fi / Fiction
Stars : 5/5
WHEN THE OCEANS RISE…THE TRUTH DROWNS
It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.
Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive.
But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society. All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams.
But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC are hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets.
In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?
Kill Code is the first novel in an exciting new dystopian science fiction series from the mind of award-winning author, screenwriter, and director Clive Fleury.
Fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and Divergent by Veronica Roth will be captivated by Kill Code.
You’ll also love this book if you enjoy:
Dystopian novels and stories
Stories about futuristic societies
Stories about disgraced cops
Stories about unlikely heroes
Stories about conspiracies
Stories about injustice
Kill Code was a dystopian fiction novel that revolved around Hogan, his life in the world of poverty, Story of survival, competition, power, conspiracy and injustice. Blurb describes the book precisely with good detail.
Protagonist, Hogan Duran was smart, brave and tough guy but unlike other candidates applied for NSC (National Security Council), he never lost his conscience. Even though all applicant told to be competitive and not friends, he built unspoken understanding and friendship with Ruby. His spur of moment decisions were fabulous and never hesitated when he had to choose right over wrong even if it cost his life. He was great character.
Ruby was another fab character who was strong, brilliant and only one with dignity. Like Hogan she was sensitive and had her conscience. I liked how she supported Hogan and believed in his judgement.
Jake was jerk. I hated him ever since his first intro in the book. I knew he would cause lot of trouble when something good was about to happen and he didn’t disappoint me there. I was glad he got what he deserved in the end.
Other secondary characters mainly NSC officers were most surprising.
Kill Code was first person narrative nicely written with impressive plot design, strong characters, and dystopian world that was narrated with all minor details.
The world was interesting it had two parts one was majority population living in cities where catastrophic climate change made the world worst to live in. There was 80% unemployment, people suffering from famine and drought. Burglary, vandalizing and killing for food and cloth was too common. Garbage hills were home for some people and take away area for food and valuables. Pure food, water, shelter, and safety was only for rich and gangsters. The other was NSC base and separate elite group area to whom NSC provided protection. NSC base was structured in total contrast to the world. Fresh food, sophisticated technology and luxurious shelter was given to all officers. It was built for elites. It was shocking to see such huge contrast between two world and I was eager to know why only they had all luxuries and why they didn’t help people.
Book was pretty short and so things went real fast in the book. Within 35% of the book, world was described, we get to know about Hogan’s life and his guilt trip, deadly NSC entrance tests in fact NSC officer was also selected. It was pretty fast paced. But when they were attacked by Krails, whole NSC thing started to feel fishy.
I was curious to know-
What were the Krails and why they attacked NSC?
Why some officers turned against government and joined Krail?
What was Krail’s ultimate goal?
If what they said to Hogan was right, what NSC people were hiding?
Who were real antagonists, Krail or NSC?
Whose side Hogan will take?
These questions hooked me to book till the end. There were so many unexpecetd twist and turns that kept the plot exciting.
Last 30% of the book was flurry of events. Climax was shocking. I was filled with rage and felt betrayed along with characters. I couldn’t believe what was revealed. I loved book more in this portion. It was adrenaline inducing, with many smart moves by Hogan. End was satisfactory and sounded like there might be sequel of this book.
Overall, it was interesting, gripping Sci-Fi with impressive and well represented dystopian world.
*** Note : I received e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. ***
Author : Clive Fleury
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