“The station: a seething mass of humanity. Some came with hope in their hearts, ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime. For others, it was the only place hey had left to go. They had reached rock bottom.”
Written by Clive Fleury and a futuristic dystopia, Kill Code is set in 2031 in a world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. It’s a world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt; a world where a good man can’t survive for long. The story follows Hogan Duran, a disgraced cop, forced to resign when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now he lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive. But Hogan’s ship is about to come in. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organisation that protects the ruling elite from the uglier elements of this new society. The NSC is ready to hand Hogan his wildest dreams, so long as he passes their deadly entrance exam and agrees to keep their one abominable secret. In a world gone wrong, can one good man actually make a difference? Or will he die trying?
Thank you to TCK Publishing for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. You can visit Clive’s website for more information about the author’s work.
Similar to young adult dystopias such as The Hunger Games, The 5th Wave, The Maze Runner and Divergent, what makes Kill Code unique is that it, firstly, deals with more mature themes. Fleury’s futuristic world is full of conspiracies and injustice, set against a backdrop of a failed economy and the rise of unemployment, which feels very realistic. It’s more about human nature and a society gone wrong than anything too speculative, but it is still a quick-paced and entertaining read with a protagonist who stands up for what’s right.
Secondly, the book has a more masculine feel to it, led by a male adult who fights for the nation’s security regiment. There is a lot of action which wasn’t really for me, but the scenes were still described well and I enjoyed the use of futuristic technologies and scientific advances to add a few original twists and developments.
Fleury does a good job of describing his dystopian world up, although I would have liked a little more detail in the set up about how the world came to be in this state, but it’s when Hogan joins the National Security Council that the story gets really exciting.
You can tell that Fleury is an award-winning author and screenwriter because I could picture every scene vividly. Hogan is also a great character to follow. He’s tough and determined, but he’s always got his head on straight which is exactly who you need to lead a dystopian action series.
Personally, this story is a little too action-heavy for me, but it’s definitely a book that I would recommend for those who like dystopias and a bit of gritty action.