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The Industry

(The Industry #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Kirra Hayward is an ordinary sixteen year old - smarter than most, but otherwise completely anonymous. When she stumbles across an unusual puzzle on the internet and manages to solve it, she has no idea of what she's letting herself in for. Kidnapped by a shadowy organisation known only as The Industry, Kirra soon discovers how valuable her code-breaking skills are. And wh ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by HarperCollins Australia
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Kirra Hayward is a year ten student at Freemont Grammar. She's very intelligent and has skipped ahead in maths and science, taking classes at year twelve level. She's assigned a project for maths and decides to cheat and see if she can find something online that she can copy. While looking she discovers a website entitled Crack The Code. At first she dismisses it but then a number jumps out at her and once she's seen it, other letters and numbers pop out and before she realises she's come up wit
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kirra makes no bones about being a real teenage girl. She get subjected to hell and, amazingly for this genre, she doesn't instantly transform into some crazy gun-slinging brave-going-on-cold-blooded-hero but that doesn't make her a wet blanket either, she's not sitting back and waiting. Prepare to not only devour The Industry but be begging Ms Foster to get her skates on and publish the next one!
The Industry is a network of criminals who will take on any job, as long as the price is right. Available work for those in The Industry has fallen into a sharp decline when the Spencer Code - a security measure - was put in place by most businesses. When it was discovered that the only known person who could crack the code - the creator himself - committed suicide to stop anyone coming after him, a man named Latham sets up a website containing the code and a submissions box, in the hopes of fin ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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It's absolutely cool! I love how the codes are forming the girl's face, the dark background and it gives this cryptic feeling!


Can you break the code?

Kirra Hayward is just your average student. Well, she is a bit more than average. Even though she is only sixteen, she is taking 2 extension classes because she is just that good. One day, her teacher gives her an assignment to make puzzles. Kirra thinks it's really la
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is another really good book, but (spoiler) I didn't like the ending.


Kirra is your average high school student, super smart next to no friends and puts a lot of effort into her school work. So when the first day of school if her first advanced math class teachers tells everyone to create a puzzle or equation as homework, Kirra is less than excited and wants a challenge not to make a puzzle. So like most student who don't like there homework tasks, she goes to the Internet
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
THE INDUSTRY is an addictive, fast-paced, sometimes witty, over-the-edge thriller that will keep you on constant alert and make you wonder what's going to happen next to our Kirra and the fate of mankind. Even with some untrusting alliances, some gun-to-gun action, or simply good old torture with a lesson waiting to be learned, you will never know what to expect when it comes to Rose Foster's epic writing!

Full review: http://talesoftheinnerbookfanatic.blo...

4.5 stars!
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Listen to a Bookish Friends review of 'The Industry' on Omny, iTunes or on the blog. ...more
Bree T
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kirra is just a normal, average 16yo with a younger sister and brother. She’s excellent at science and maths and tends to be a bit of a social outcast, not at all concerned with things like clothes and boys like her sister. However it turns out that Kirra can do a pretty extraordinary thing… she can crack a code that to almost everyone else, doesn’t even make sense. There’s no explanation for how and why she can do it, she just can.

This makes her very, very valuable to all sorts of people and or
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
One click of the mouse forever changed the life of Kirra Haywood. She stumbles across a mysterious "Crack the Code!" website and solves the puzzle without a second thought. A week later on her way home from school, she's kidnapped by the people who uploaded the code. Gone without a trace, without a shred of evidence left behind for her family to track her whereabouts. Apparently she's one of the only living people in the world who can decipher the Spencer Code. It's not something you can learn t ...more
Dinah Browne
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great book that surprises you every chapter!
I am looking forward to the second book.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kirra Hayward is an ordinary high school maths geek genuis studying maths 2 grades above her level.. Upon searching on the Internet for ideas for a MATHS project, she comes across a certain odd puzzle and solves it instanly without much thought. A few days later, she is kidnapped and transported all the way to the other side of the world. She is kept prisoner, and tortured to solve more of those puzzles that she learns are not ordinary ones. In fact, these codes are called the Spencer Code, and ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harper-collins
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The Industry is a novel so packed with mystery and action, you won't know what to do with yourself! I was honoured to have received a bound manuscript of this amazing book to read and review. My first experience: brilliant. I could barely contain my excitement after turning the first page and realising how greatly it would meet my expectations!

Kirra Hayward is a very intelligent student with a specialisation in maths and computing. Enrolled in clas
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Kirra Hayward is exemplary student in year ten at Freemont Grammar. Being so clever in maths, she has jumped two years ahead and is doing year twelve maths classes. For her first math lesson, her lazy math teacher tells her to come up with her own equation and extra marks for a puzzle. Kirra was so annoyed, expecting something worthwhile and seeing absolutely no academic purpose in the task given. She then goes on her search engine and types puzzles, not caring about plagiarism as her teacher wo ...more
Helensvale Library
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sam, yp
Welcome to The Industry - a thrilling espionage drama that reads like a Hollywood blockbuster penned by debut Australian author, Rose Foster. It begins with a click of a mouse as Kirra Haywood navigates onto a mysterious website that challenges her to a puzzle. What she thinks is some fun is a whole lot more as this is no ordinary puzzle but a worldwide attempt to find anyone who can solve it. It's called the Spencer Code and apparently only 3 people in the world possess the ability to crack it. ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Do you love puzzles ? I know I do , my favourites tend to be the word puzzles. In Rose Foster's new series, we meet sixteen year old Kirra Hayward who is a mathematics genius . One school day during maths , the class is given an assignment to create a puzzle which includes an equation or mathematical reasoning. Kirra , unsure of what to do exactly logs on to the net and starts to google number puzzles. She comes across one and submits it , nothing happens and she leaves it at that, though it's s ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
So nice to read an YA without a vampire or werewolf to be seen (not that I don't enjoy a well-written vamp etc). Still, The Industry made for a pleasant change (though not without it's hint of the paranormal - cracking codes because the answer just appears to you? Really?) The very 'ordinary' (if geeky outsider)female protagonist was very appealing and believable (but I have to say the 'girlie' sister/mother combination was annoyingly hackneyed but their appearance was brief and therefore beara ...more
Anne Peachey
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received The Industry by Rose Foster in a Goodreads Giveaway.
From page 1, I didn't want to put this book down!
We follow a 16 year old girl, Kirra who is an ordinary young girl struggling to find her spot in High school where her intelligence alienates her.
During an Internet search looking for an assignment to submit, she comes across an anomaly of a Puzzle and as she studies it, the answer jumps out to her one character at a time. She submits her answer and this leads her onto a path of kidna
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Kirra’s in a no-win situation. She struggles with the moral dilemmas that are put in front of her and tries to pick the lesser of two evils. But can she live with herself over the choices she makes? Part psychological thriller, part espionage conspiracy, I look forward to seeing what direction Foster will take in the sequel.

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May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel is so exciting and sleek, it's like an action film in book form, and it's YA! But don't get me wrong, it's not some Spy Kids bullshit; it's more like Chuck. The character development is really interesting, and I particularly love that the author used a multicultural cast without having their cultures be the basis of their identity. Not every east Asian character needs to have a parental expectation crisis! I'd love to get my hands on the sequel.
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
It was fantastic, brillantly written. The love story that started to begin between Milo and Kirra while being locked up together, was fast-paced and very intense. The detail and exposure to this book has helped me connect better with people and how to pick out the fake friends. It has also helped me in my studies for English at high school, helping with my creative wrting. Thank you. Anyway I'm still excited but STILL waiting for the sequeal.
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
This book was pretty good the whole way through but became totally awesome once it neared the end.

(*jaw dropping* followed by a WHAT!? NO WAY!)and then everything fixes into place and you realise how it all makes sense...

Simply said: I cannot wait for the sequel 'The Estate'

What a thrilling ride
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is so good i couldn't put it down till the end. When you start the book you start trusting milo with kirra, so you get a surprize with kirra when milo turns evil.
Rose Foster is an amazing writer and can't wait till The Estate comes out!!
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Industry was fantastic. A thriller with a great cast of characters - good, bad, evil and questionable people everywhere! Plenty of potential for the rest of the series.

See my full review here:
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dear Rose Foster,

What did you do to Milo? Fix this promptly.

With angry awe,


Ps, great book. I loved the plot. A underground crime world that kidnaps special people? That's awesome! You have a great imagination.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
It was a very interesting book. Some of the book I expect while most of it was surprising and exciting like when she got trapped under that building and when she refused to give he code even when they drugged her. Those were great parts and I can't wait to read the next book.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The Industry" was exciting and fast. It was not difficult to predict some of the events that were going to happen but it did, nonetheless, make me want to read the next book.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Loved this book, what a twist on Milo at the end though, was not expecting that to come! Can't wait for the next one, The Estate
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
this is a good book... i want to read the sequal
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Review coming soon! It was good.
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars. i really enjoyed this book, it was written well and i followed the storyline easily.
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