Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Social Code by Sadie Hayes

***I received an ARC copy of this book from Fresh Fiction via St Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review

The Social Code (The Start-Up #1)

Goodreads Description:

In a world where anyone can rise to the top, the only rule is... watch your back.

Eighteen-year-old twins Adam and Amelia Dory learned the hard way to rely only on each other, growing up in a small town where they understood the meaning of coming from nothing. But everything changes when both are offered scholarships to Stanford University – and catapulted into the dazzling world of Silicon Valley, where anyone with a good enough idea can skyrocket to fame and fortune in the blink of an eye…

Amelia is almost as pretty as she is smart – almost. A shy girl and genius, she is happiest alone in the computer lab, but her brother has other plans for her talents: A new company that will be the next Silicon Valley hit, and will thrust Amelia into the spotlight whether she likes it or not. Where Amelia’s the brains, Adam’s the ambition – he sees the privileged lifestyle of the Silicon Valley kids and wants a piece of what they have. He especially wants a piece of Lisa Bristol, the stunning daughter of one of the Valley’s biggest tycoons.

As Adam and Amelia begin to hatch their new company, they find themselves going from nothing to the verge of everything seemingly overnight. But no amount of prestige can prepare them for the envy, backstabbing and cool calculation of their new powerful peers.

Welcome to Silicon Valley, where fortune, success – and betrayal – are only a breath away...

My Thoughts:

I went back in forth in some parts of this book about whether I loved it or not, but in all it ended up winning me over. The story was interesting enough and the ending definitely left me wanting more. I think the main thing that threw me off was the point of view and all the alternating characters. However I would still recommend this book because the story was interesting enough that it made the slight issues not matter much in the end. 

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  1. I think I also rated it with 3 stars. But I loved the story, so I just had to have the next installment. And Netgalley had it so... :) Can't wait to read it!

    1. Yes I'm trying to get a print through Fresh Fiction again if not I will go to NG. It was crazy how I was 3 star all the way through until the last 20% rose it to a 4 star for me. And with the ending I have to read the next one.

  2. I saw this book on my bookstore jaunt today. I do like the premise and your review definitely piqued my interest.

    1. Hope you give it a try. It's a really quick read! Let me know how you like it if you decide too.


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