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The Social Code

The Social Code

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by Sadie Hayes

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In a world where anyone can rise to the top, the only rule is... watch your back, in Sadie Hayes' The Social Code.

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


In a world where anyone can rise to the top, the only rule is... watch your back, in Sadie Hayes' The Social Code.

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…

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Social Code is a non-stop thrill ride through the dark side of Silicon Valley, where brilliant young computer geeks seek fortune, fame, and love.... [It] will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end––and clamoring for more.” —Ella Monroe, author of Capital Girls

“Sadie Hayes has blown me away . . . This is something new in the YA genre.” —Courtney's Book Nook

“Sharp, fun and full of angsty dramatic brilliance.” —In the Closet with a Bibliophile

“Hayes' writing is spectacular and absolutely breath-taking . . . I am begging for more Sadie Hayes!” —Sit Here and Read

“Deliciously good.” —Librarian Reads

VOYA - Barbara Fecteau
It is refreshing to read a book that bills itself as a gossipy, fun read to find that, while it is both of those things, it also has real depth in addition to its reader appeal. The Social Code tells the story of Amelia and Adam, twins raised in foster care who are attending Stanford University on scholarships. Amelia is a computer genius who loves coding to the exclusion of nearly everything else. Adam is hungry for the wealth he sees all around him in Silicon Valley. He craves the prestige he needs to woo his secret girlfriend, the daughter of the man who considers Amelia his nemesis. The characters of the twins are well drawn and so, surprisingly, is the character of Amelia's roommate, a daughter of privilege who could have easily come off as a one-note stereotype. Hayes enters the "New Adult" field strongly. Her characters are freshmen in college, just a little older than standard YA characters, but she does not force "adult" behavior. She has a very delicate way of emphasizing the emotional side of desire without being graphic. The story covers many bases—family loyalty, manipulation, deceit, idealism, and betrayal—and ties them together beautifully. Her setting is rich (both literally and figuratively) and the trajectory of the story never feels false or strained. The only caveat is that the mention of specific products in the ever evolving world of technology may seem dated in a few years. Hopefully, Hayes will be many volumes into what looks to be a tremendously entertaining series by then. Reviewer: Barbara Fecteau

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St. Martin's Press
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Start-Up Series , #1
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The Prisoner’s Dilemma, v. 2.0
If Amelia Dory had come to class, none of this would have happened.
But instead, Amelia had spent the night at the Gates computer lab writing code, noticing that it was morning only when the sun began to rise. By the time her twin brother Adam’s alarm went off at 9:38 A.M. (the exact optimal time to brush-teeth-grab-bagel-and-make-it-to-class), he had a text message from her time-stamped 7:14 A.M. saying that she was skipping PoliSci to sleep after another “accidental all-nighter.” After first feeling frustrated, Adam turned his sister’s absence into a positive: Rather than sitting in the front row with Amelia to make sure she paid attention, Adam entered the lecture hall and took a seat in the back row, where he could check out the girls in the class.
If Amelia had come to class, Adam wouldn’t have sat in the back row; he wouldn’t have been noticed by the professor or embarrassed by those girls; he wouldn’t have replied to that text message; he wouldn’t have gone to that party; he and Amelia wouldn’t have gotten into trouble; they wouldn’t have started the company; and the company wouldn’t have made them household names, because the company never would have been.
But, as it was, Amelia didn’t come to class.
Political Science wasn’t hard for Adam. He’d never been out of the country, so the international part was a little hard to grasp, but the idea that everyone wanted more power and that this often caused conflict was particularly familiar.
A cute brunette in a short plaid skirt took a seat in front of Adam. He’d never seen her before, but she was just right in that hot-but-not-too-hot-to-talk-to-him kind of way. He took a deep breath and was leaning forward to say something when she stood up and waved to … Patty Hawkins. Fuck. Abort mission.
Patty Hawkins was Amelia’s wealthy and preppy roommate. Adam wasn’t sure if Patty knew who he was, but he was certain that any girl who was saving her a seat in class was not the kind of girl who would give him a moment’s notice.
Professor Marsh, a legendary professor who was rumored to have once been a CIA spy, cleared his throat to begin the lecture. Adam slouched in his seat and settled in, peering at the cute brunette in front of him. Reading her g-chat conversation over her shoulder, he learned that last night at the Sigma Chi Derby Party the girl cheated on her boyfriend, Rob, with his best friend, Mitch. Of course, Adam didn’t know any of those people.
“Mr. Dory? Mr. Dory!”
Adam looked up. One hundred pairs of his fellow students’ eyes darted between him and a very angry political science professor. Why would Mitch do that to Rob? How could Rob not see them leave the party together? Was he cheating on her, too? While Adam’s head was swimming with strangers’ gossip, Professor Marsh continued to glare.
“Mr. Dory, I’m glad you could join us this morning. As you seem to be so riveted by today’s discussion, I was wondering if you might help me out. I described the Cold War’s arms race as the classic prisoner’s dilemma. Do you mind explaining the concept of the prisoner’s dilemma to the class?”
Adam swallowed nervously. “Well, I…”
He took a deep breath. “The prisoner’s dilemma … has to do with trust and cooperation. Let’s say you have a boyfriend and girlfriend named … Ralph and Bridget. They love each other, but one night at a frat party Bridget hooks up with Ralph’s best friend, Mike.”
“A frat party?” Professor Marsh raised an eyebrow.
“Sure,” Adam replied nervously. “Like the Sigma Chi Derby Party.” The class broke out into laughter and some even applauded. Adam felt encouraged. “So, Bridget cheats on her boyfriend, Ralph, with his best friend, Mike. The next day, they are both scared out of their minds of getting caught. Before they have a chance to talk to each other, they each run into Ralph. Bridget doesn’t know if Mike told Ralph, and Mike doesn’t know if Bridget told Ralph. If Mike told Ralph what happened, it’ll make Bridget look like a slut. But if Bridget told Ralph, then it will make Mike look like a bad friend. Of course, if they both keep their mouths shut, then neither of them looks bad … but they can’t trust the other one not to tell.”
Professor Marsh smiled. “And why can’t they trust each other?”
“Because they’re both cheaters. They know what the other person is capable of. That’s the point of the hookup—I mean the prisoner’s dilemma. Even though the two should cooperate to win, they can’t trust each other, so they both get caught.”
One hundred pairs of eyes turned anxiously to Professor Marsh, who paused before saying anything. An imposing old man with broad shoulders and a shock of white hair, his calm willingness to humiliate students made him one of the more infamous professors at Stanford. Everyone expected Adam Dory to get torn apart in front of the class, but Professor Marsh only nodded. “That’s correct, Mr. Dory. A very … titillating example, but a very good one.”
Professor Marsh held up his hand and stared at Adam for a moment before continuing. “Additionally, for your extraordinary disrespect earlier, I’d like three hundred words on what you’d rather be doing with your life than sitting in my political science class.”
“Ooooohhhhh … burned!” a lone voice belted from the corner of the lecture hall. Everyone laughed.
Adam’s satisfaction quickly gave way to embarrassment. The cute brunette turned around and shot Adam an I’m-going-to-kill-you look; he avoided eye contact with her by pulling out his iPhone, only to be greeted by an urgent text message.
“Call me ASAP. Need u to bartend party tonight in Atherton. Call me within 5 minutes or someone else gets the gig. Sheryl.”
Saved by the bell, class ended and Adam bolted out of the lecture hall to avoid the brunette and call Sheryl back. Just as the phone started ringing he felt a hand grab his arm.
“What the hell is wrong with you?” Patty said. “You like reading over other people’s shoulders?”
Adam froze, hoping that by not moving he would turn invisible. At the same moment, a woman’s voice answered on the phone: “Hello?”
“Patty, I didn’t mean to…” Adam stammered, not quite sure how to defend himself. He looked at his phone and held a finger to signal to Patty that he needed a minute. “Hello? This is Adam Dory. I’m calling back about the bartending gig?”
This only infuriated Patty more, and she ripped the phone from Adam’s hand, slamming her manicured finger onto the screen to end the call. Adam glanced around, looking for an escape route. “Hey, that was a really important—”
“Listen,” Patty interrupted. “I get that you’ve probably never hooked up with a girl and are seriously uncool, but what kind of game are you trying to pull? Do you think by spying on a girl’s g-chat conversations you’ll somehow figure out a way to get with her?” Patty was fuming.
“I was trying to…” Adam wanted to die. And he wanted to call Sheryl back about the party tonight before someone else got the slot.
“You should know your place, Adam Dory. My friends—Rebecca included—are way out of your league.”
Adam had no idea who Rebecca was, but he knew that Patty was right. Stanford had students who were legitimate big deals. Of the seven hundred female faces in his freshman class, it was impossible to figure out which ones had cured disease, participated in the Olympics, or had fathers who ruled their respective countries. But they were around, and knowing they were his new peers made Adam feel at once important and very, very small.
“Ugh, you’re such a lost cause. Such a geek. No wonder you don’t have any friends.” Patty tossed Adam his phone and headed back inside to console her friend. Adam took a deep breath as he noticed Patty rejoining a crying Rebecca: All things considered, that could have been worse.
Desperate to get back to Sheryl before it was too late, Adam hurried outside and sat his bag under a palm tree as he called Sheryl again.
“Hi, this is Adam Dory again. I’m so sorry about that. Is the spot still open?”
“Yes, I still need someone. The guy that was supposed to be here got food poisoning and Brett from Bartend-U said you were good.”
Adam felt his cheeks blush at the compliment from Brett, the trainer in the bartending class he’d taken to earn extra cash. “That’s great. I had plans tonight, but I think I can move them around.” By “plans” he meant dinner with Amelia at the dining hall, but he wanted Sheryl to think he was important.
“Okay, great. But listen: This is a very important client; we’ve got 376 guests coming. I can pay you double your usual, and tips should be good, but you’ve got to be in top shape.”
“Yeah, sure thing,” Adam said, doing his best to play it cool. “Where do I go?”
“I’ll e-mail you the address. Park at the elementary school down the street.”
“I don’t have a car.”
She paused. “Then how do you intend to get there?”
“I’ll ride my bike.” Adam felt his image being ruined.
“Fine. Just be here by five. And make sure no one sees you biking.”
“Will do, Sheryl. See you at five.”
So much for tonight’s homework, Adam thought. He sent Amelia a text: “Gotta cancel dinner 2night—just got gig in Atherton. They’re paying double! Will steal fancy dessert for you.

Copyright © 2013 by Palindrome, LLC.

Meet the Author

SADIE HAYES is the nom de plume of a former Silicon Valley executive. With two degrees from Stanford University, and years working in the tech industry, both as an entrepreneur and an advisor to its characters, she's seen the effects of rapid success and shattering failure first hand. If you work in Silicon Valley, you might not know Sadie Hayes. But she knows you…

SADIE HAYES is the pseudonym for a highly positioned Silicon Valley executive. She holds several degrees from Stanford University, and has spent years working in the tech industry, both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. She is the author of The Next Big Thing. If you work in Silicon Valley, you might not know Sadie Hayes. But she knows you.

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The Social Code 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
'The Social Code' was an unexpected journey into the minds of a genius girl and an ambitious brother. There was something so appealing about reading about characters that are outside the realms of what was accepted and expected in New Adult books today. If you're looking for a novel that's violence-free, sex-free and with limited foul language, this is a book you should considered. Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoy hot guys and raunchy scenes as much as the next hot-blooded girl, but sometimes I want more than that. And, in 'The Social Code' I found it. Characters Amelia was a quiet, studious computer geek with a mysterious past. One you wouldn't have expected for her to have. She was principled, naive and totally stubborn at times. She was actually the character I liked the most. She was relatable. She suffered through what most girls do. Adam was her go-getting brother. Him - I didn't like so much. Even with that said, he is an intriguing character. He has an edge of good and bad. I kept wondering where his loyalties lay - and it was how I felt right up to the end of the book. He had traits where I found I just wanted to hit him. There were so many other characters in 'The Social Code'. All with their own intriguing stories too. Although, I have to say that I'm somewhat puzzled in how they fit into the story. They felt like add-ins. Like it wouldn't have really mattered if they were there or not. Plot The story line was something that I adored. Two college kids taking on industrial espionage. There was also that feeling that 'Big Brother' was really tracking and tracing your every movement. That's only a sample of what the book was about - there's so much more I could add. There was a real difference with the plot. It wasn't about one character falling in love with another. It was about a collection of characters - some that fell in love, others that didn't and some that did some quite scandalous things. I don't really know how to describe it, it was just so unique from other New Adult books I have read. In some ways, I could picture the book as a T.V. series. There are some quite sordid themes to this book - cheating and criminal activity - just to name a few. Writing Style The writing style was simple. I'm not sure if it flowed as well as it could have. I think that was because of the way it chopped and changed to different characters. It was told in third voice, which I really enjoyed in this case. Even though, as I said above, I wasn't sure why some of the characters were there. Boring/Not Boring Hmm I didn't find it boring at all. It was a little slow when the book first started, but it quickly got better. There was enough drama in this novel to keep me reading. And, because I liked the characters, it was easy to get caught up in their lives. Overall I was happy to receive this book for review. I had no expectations, so I was pleasantly surprised when I read it. I really enjoyed it. I think it was because I was expecting it to be similar to the other New Adult books I have read and it wasn't. For that alone, I'll go on and read the sequels. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's reasonably clean with an enthralling plot.   Book review done by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Social Code is an amazing book that never failed to make me keep turning the pages. I was always thinking about it even when I wasn't reading. Clearly describes the competition of the Silicon Valley.
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BethanyL More than 1 year ago
Coding! Nerdery! Business stuff! The Social Code, at its core, is a business thriller, much in the vain of The Social Network meets The Lying Game. The reader is thrown into the world of Silicon Valley tech start-ups and the venture captialists that fund them, and all the ethical/moral dilemmas that go along with it. The book revolves around three families: The Dorys, twins who were in the foster system with a shady background, but who attend Stanford. Amelia is pretty much brilliant at coding and her brother has a lot of business ambition; Then there are the Bristols, T.J. and Lisa, the children of a well-respected venture capitalist. T.J. is a typical fraternity boy who thinks his networking and family name will get him anything he wants, and Lisa, the beautiful, desirable, rich girl with secrets of her own; Finally, there’s Patti & Shandi (I can’t for the life of me remember their last names…sorry!), the daughters of yet another venture capitalist. Patty is Amelia Dory’s party-girl roommate who is much smarter than she seems, and Shandi is Patty’s perfect big sister. The three families become inextricably inter-twined in both personal and business affairs (if you get my drift) and things become more than a little complicated. Overall, The Social Code is a fun, fast-paced story that delves into the worlds of the rich and privileged in Silicon Valley, those who are desperate for that world, and those who understand how toxic that lifestyle can be. Some of the twists and plot devices in the book are a little predictable, but it still proves to be a read that draws you in. It does end on a three-pronged cliffhanger, with each family’s position and livelihood left hanging in the balance, and though I feel like I can predict where the story is going to go, I’ll definitely pick up the next book to find out if I’m right.
AllBookedUp More than 1 year ago
The Dark Side of Silicon Valley Not all that glitters is gold in the Sillicon Valley and that rings true with Sadie Hayes' new novel, The Social Code (The Start-Up #1).  The Social Code reveals a fast-paced, engaging and tech-savvy read that showcases the dark side of the Sillicon Valley.  What's better than an underdog story where maybe for once, truth and smarts can prevail?   This is a story about twins who come from nothing and create for themselves a future to make up for their past, but will the past catch up to them?  Adam and Amelia were foster children who are incredibly close and have a fierce love for one another who are awarded scholarship to attend the prestigious Stanford University.  Amelia is instantly built up as the lab-loving/techy/nerdy one of the two who is borderline brilliant and has caught the eyes and attention of the Silicon Valley's leaders.  Adam on the other hand, has enough ambition for the both of them.  He is the catalyst that shoots the pair of them on this thrilling adventure where life just might catch up to them and fame and fortune might not be all it's cracked up to be. Hayes does a masterful job world, plot and character building (the perfect trifecta) throughout her novel.  All of the characters are so accurately portrayed that I felt as if I were in conversation with the nerds in the computer lab and then the next moment at the lavish parties of the powerful tycoons.  Also laced throughout the novel are elements of true friendship, love, lust, and of course betrayal and deceit.  Hayes weaves these themes with the use of multiple POVs, which really worked in this case.  It was wonderful to get the 360 view of the story from all of the angles.  I think we each have a part of every character that lives within our personalities (the idealist, the protector, the driven, the hungry, the lover, etc). I will warn that this book is guaranteed to leave you with a huge cliffhanger that will have you thirsting for more.  How long, you ask, will we have to wait for #2?  Not that long at all!  The Next Big Thing (The Start-Up, #2) debuts November 26th, 2013!  So add this to your shelf today and get ready for #2!  You wont be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in SV so I could picture where they were.