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The Cipher by Kathe Koja
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Nov 20, 11

really liked it

I mercilessly hunted down this book after io9.com mentioned it. I finally bought it from the author. All that effort propelled me to keep reading after I was turned off by the first few pages. Half-way through the first chapter, I couldn't put it down. I read a little more than half on the few hours before bed, and finished it up the same way the next night.

The tone was off putting at first, and I hardly consider myself a prude. I think I just had a hard time connecting with the narrator and his life. Eventually I found him sympathetic if not just outright pathetic. But i was driven, just like the characters, to find out what the Funhole is and how it could possibly all end.

At first, I was frustrated by the ambiguous/open-ended ending. But ultimately, I can't imagine any resolution that would have been more satisfying.

The mystery and action pushed the story forward with great speed and interest. It really was a book I couldn't put down. I was never bored.
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