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The Social Code

(The Start-Up #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  451 ratings  ·  121 reviews
In a world where anyone can rise to the top, the only rule is... watch your back.

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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published October 16th 2011)
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Paula  Phillips
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This series has now been re-released with different titles and updated covers but is a series I have had on my Kindle since 2012. I have decided to go back to my Kindle and read some of my older books and the Start-Up by Sadie Hayes looked interesting. This book is also a quick read and made me wonder if it was originally intended to be like a serial rather than series. In the Start-Up, we meet foster twins Adam and Amelia Dory, yes like the fish on Finding Nemo. Currently, they are both on scho
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-netgalley
One big fat MEH!

The book I was given by the publisher via Netgalley appears to be all three earlier novellas( The Start-Up (The Start-Up, #1) by Sadie Hayes, The Anti-Social Network (The Start-Up, #2) by Sadie Hayes, The Beautiful Code (The Start-Up, #3) by Sadie Hayes) wrapped into one.

Interesting plot, without too much tech talk, but I feel a little cheated by the ending. Which wasn't. Too many questions unanswered.

I can't help but think that there will be additional books after this one, especially considering that this book ended in a spot that didn't even attempt to wrap up the subplots that permeated this book.

And this is precisely why thi
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who like terrible books
The synopsis is what caught my eye about The Social Code by Sadie Hayes. It sounded promising and very much like a book version of The Social Network. I’m a bit of a tech geek, so combine that with a YA novel and you’ve pretty much hooked me (plus, look at that cover!).
But this book pretty much sucked ass. Let me tell you why.

In the beginning, the twins are going to college, she’s a genius, he’s a wannabe social climber. She hacks a system called Gibly (a smartphone app), and finds some…really q
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-2012
My rating: 4/5 stars
Read the review in my blog!

May contain some spoilers
Amelia and Adam are twins. They're also orphans, bounced from foster home to foster home, but now they're doing better as a scholarship students in college. Even though they're twins, they aren't excactly identical, since the other one, Amelia has the the brain, and Adam the social skills.
Along the way they meet some mean people, but in the end, they have their lucky break.

Okay, first of all: Amelia makes me feel like I
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tech, young-adult, arc, galley
Review is also posted at http://readingnookandcranny.blogspot....

I received a galley of this book from the publisher for review. When I read the description of the book, I thought it was going to be amazing. Cut throat, edge of your seat, big business corruption amazing. I could not have been further from the truth. This novel is just another cliche YA romance with one dimensional characters with just a hint of technology thrown in. Reading this novel, I came to the conclusion that Hayes has lit
Trish at Between My Lines
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews-done
The Social Code is a New Adult Book with a difference. It’s not overly emotional, it’s not steamy, it’s not following the rules that other NA books seem to be. So that is what it is not, stick around for a few minutes and I’ll show you what it is.

My Recap:

Eighteen-year-old twins Adam and Amelia are both attending Stanford University on a scholarship, trying to forget their foster home roots and concentrating on the future. Adam is ambitious and wants to make it in the business world. Amelia is
Jen  (In the Closet With a Bibliophile)
Original Review Posted: In the Closet With a Bibliophile

Deep-seated greed and corruption intricately blended with naivety and intelligence, The Start Up: Episode 1 by Sadie Hayes, is sharp and fun and full of angsty dramatic brilliance. Gossip, intrigue and illegal corporate tactics sing from Silicon Valley, telling us of the money to be made and the people who will destroy anyone in their way to get that money.

Adam and Amelia are scholarship entrees into Stanford. Amelia,the epitome of genius w
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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he synopsis was telling me one thing that this was not the usual plot I get with the label New Adult and that I knew I was going to like it! Well, yeah those are two things, but in the end, the cover and the synopsis truly made me want to read this book!

Gossip Girl For Nerds and Geeks!
The main plot follows the twins Amelia and Adam on their way to success. Coming from foster care and having just started College, Computer Geek and brainy Amelia finally feels lik
Kait | sixcrowsbooks
The Social Code by Sadie Hayes takes place in California, following a set of twins, Amelia and Adam Dory, as they attend Stanford University and begin their own company for a technological advancement. Basically, Amelia is the brains of the invention, and Adam handles the business side of things, with the help of a few others. This first book (because apparently, it’s part of a series) deals with the start-up of the company, and the ups and downs of both company issues and college/life issues.

Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ve had The Social Code sitting on my Kindle for a while, but when it came up on the Netgally rotation, asking what I thought of it, I decided to give it a read. I absolutely adore books about entrepreneurs, especially young entrepreneurs, like Amelia and Adam Dory. I was immediately sucked in to their world of youth, exuberance, and the startling fact every eighteen-year-old in Silicon Valley is allowed to drink without being told off from their parents. If you read The Social Code you will pr ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgallery
The Social Code synopsis sounded very promising. I admit I was excited about the concept. It sounded much like the story of Facebook with some additional aspects thrown in the mix.

The main characters Amelia and Adam are an interesting combination, twins who haven't had the easiest life - it feels almost rags to riches. I warmed to Amelia after a while but felt considering she was so smart and intelligent at times was rather naive. I didn't like Adam at all and at times admit skimmed the book wh
William Bentrim
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Start-Up by Sadie Hayes
Sadie Hayes provides a screen shot of technology’s sordid underbelly in this riveting e-book novella.

The reek of truth permeates this glimpse into the world of high finance and technology. The dot com bust is in the past, the present is dominated by the next cloud technology or aps for our ubiquitous cell phone companions. Ms. Hayes sets the plot in and about Stanford and their famous geeks. I spent 25 years in the computer industry. I was lucky enough to meet some of
Lj Ducharme
I'm not completely sure how to rate this one (or three really).

Lost a first mark for the fact that they separated the 3 books. One is not complete without the others. Nor are any of the three of them to rate novels on their own. They are more like novella's making up a novel - and an incomplete novel at that.

Although the characters were all adults, the writing would have been readable my a 10 year old. Not complicated at all. I felt that the author was just writing and publishing as she went.

Crystal | decorating.reader
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I went back in forth in some parts of this book about whether I loved it or not, but in all it ended up winning me over. The story was interesting enough and the ending definitely left me wanting more. I think the main thing that threw me off was the point of view and all the alternating characters. However I would still recommend this book because the story was interesting enough that it made the slight issues not matter much in the end.

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This book was different from others that I have read. Adam and Amelia are twins who were raised in foster homes but Amelia is a computer Geek and she captures the attention of a very wealthy man who persuades her to join forces with him. The business world she and Adam enter is nothing like they expected.

Recommendation: I think it's a good book overall and it's worth a shot.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
What I liked about this YA novel was that it talked about computer science, marketing, and business. Something more for the tech savvy young adult. What I didn't like is that it tried too hard to be a part of the cool crowd.

Adam and Amelia are orphaned twins from Indiana riding on scholarship to Stanford College. Amelia is a tech wiz and creates her own code which (view spoiler). T.J. is a graduate of
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was meh. I felt like all the characters were pretty boring. The plot was semi engaging, but definitely could have been improved more by the author. I was disappointed because this book definitely had potential.
Ulla Milbreta
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book if you want to clear your head.
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
the social code is an interesting read. by no means is it the best I've ever read, not does it have the most original plot, when one really get's down to the bones of it. but it was entertaining, and very well written. it had just the right amount of emotional entanglements and elements that furthered the plot. very happy with this book, and I am looking forward to reading the next book as soon as I get my hands on it.

let us start of with the cover of this book. digitally, the cover is nothing
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, ebook, 2013
The story stars off with twins Amelia and Adam Dory. They're freshman at Stanford and Adam fancies himself more business-minded while Amelia is more of a computer programming genius. From the start of the book we know that they go on to become the richest family in the world, the book is the story of how they got there.

Not only are we following the Dory family, there are also several other families and people in the story. There's the Hawkins family with Patty, Amelia's conniving roommate; Shand
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
4/5 Plot
4.25/5 Characters
2.75/5 Writing
5/5 Originality

I could stress this enough: I wanted to like this book. Because I could be a technophile at times, I really wanted to enjoy it. There were some parts where I really enjoyed and other parts where I was scratching my head with confusion and wrinkling my nose.

The originality and the idea of this book is so interesting that I would rate the originality section of the rating up to 10/5 because I loved the setting. Silicon Valley. Never have I read
Remarkable Reads
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A new series that combines the wonderful world of technology with the backstabbing and glamorous life of the wealthy.

Amelia and Adam Dory have been in foster care all their lives never having a place to call home, the only family they have is each other and they will do anything to stay together. Against the odds they both got full scholarships to Stanford, and after a few life changing encounters and discoveries th
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Start-Up surprised me from the very first paragraph, or should I say before I started reading it? The blurb caught my attention immediately, it left me with a desire to know about the characters and the plot, and I was super excited to read it. It was the first time I was reading a book with this topic, a YA book. There are no YA books like The Start-Up! No! I haven't seen them! I haven't read them! So, it was something completely different to me, something really appealing! And the best thi
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Everyone at some point in time has gone to a bookstore to pick up a specific book only to leave with something completely unexpected. This happened to me the other day, resulting in me grabbing The Social Code as my newest read.

The Social Code (originally published as The Start-Up in 2011), by Sadie Hayes, takes place in the sunny Silicon Valley. It’s about two orphaned twins, Adam and Amelia Dory, who both received scholarships to go to Stanford University. Amelia is a computer nerd with incred
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
First of all, I had no idea this was released back in 2011 much less that it's part of a series until I made it to the end of the book, or whatever that last paragraph was. With that aside, The Social Code was an alright, goodish sort of story but it wasn't great. The technical aspect had the potential to be so cool but it all came out a bit overwhelming, as did some of the elaborate details throughout the book. I felt that there was too much going on with all the different characters being focu ...more
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, business
The Start-Up tells the tale of Adam and Amelia Dory, twin siblings who are freshmen at Stanford. They are not like their classmates, all of whom have alumni parents and large bank accounts. The Dorii (as they call themselves) are on full scholarships. Amelia is studying computer science, and Adam is undeclared. Also unlike their peers, they are not involved in the business of Silicon Valley, but all that's about to change.

Computer Science is very interesting, as well as foreign to me. I though
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to the World of Contemporary Cogent Fiction, Sadie Hayes!

Sadie Hayes writes about entrepreneurship in her eBook THE START-UP and the story, the style of wiritng, and the fact that this opus 1 appears to be an ongoing exposé of the new world of computer controlling frauds and genius applications would indicate that this writer has a firm grip on the very topic about which she writes. If her subsequent followup novels (or novellas: they are short) can stand up to the degree of savvy in des
Kristin (Young Adult Book Haven)
My Thoughts:

When I first read the summary for The Social Code, I immediately thought of the facebook movie, The Social Code did have a lot of similarities to the movie. There was drama, lies, money, and interesting technology. So if you were a fan of The Social Network I definitely think that you will enjoy this one. Honestly this book was just ok for me, I didn't love it but, I didn't hate it either. At times characters were hard to connect with because there was so many different plot lines go
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

An Overview of the Novel: Amelia and Adam Dory are two twins studying at Stanford. They would do anything for each other after all they are all they have.

Adam is unsure what he wants to do an is kind of just floating through school. While Amelia knows exactly what she wants to do, she loves code and spends all her time in the Gates lab.

Amelia's talents are reco
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