The Social Code: A Novel

The Social Code: A Novel

by Sadie Hayes
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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.