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The Death Code

(The Murder Complex #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,724 ratings  ·  295 reviews
With short, fast-paced, alternating point-of-view chapters, The Death Code starts several weeks after The Murder Complex ended. Zephyr keeps the secret about Meadow close—that if she dies, The Murder Complex will be destroyed, too. Meadow, desperate to find her brother, father, and little sister, is determined to fearlessly fight to the end, even if it means sacrificing he ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Greenwillow Books
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Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it

A solid ending! I really enjoyed getting back to these characters and relationships. The plot was fast-moving, but not super surprising.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
SOO good! Gaahhh Lindsay Cummings is such a fantastic author!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book was so perfectly paced, and it was just so well written; you could tell that there was a lot of time and thought put into it to make it flow/sound as great as possible, and it was well worth it! I can't rave enough about how much I enjoyed the writing style.

The development of the characters from book 1 to book 2 is crazy! Zephyr has really discovered himself and stepped up to be a really great, strong
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
As far as sequels go, I really enjoyed it....of course, because of that weird mood I have been in that I finally was able to get out of today......I didn't really start loving it until earlier today. I do know though, that if I read this again, and I actually read it right after The Murder Complex, that it'd be a full 5 stars.

This duology [MAN I'd love a third!!!], is seriously amazing. I love the violence, and I love that the romance didn't overpower the violence and the plot of the story. Ther
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015
2.5 stars

This was definitely fast paced and had a lot of things happening, but it was like an overload.

The first third of the book was the best. There was tension and action and I never wanted it to stop. The second third was a bit weird, but we got answers to a lot of the things that were happening, so I kept going. The ending section was like a watered down Hunger Games arena and it just seemed so repetitive.

What I was irritated the most about was this secret that one character whispers to
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
It started SO GOOD! It read so easily and quick. Packed with action, plot twists, murders and so many Meadow/Zephyr feels!

And then ending is just.... UGHHHHH

I'm sorry but that's NOT how you end a series! I'm left with a billion questions and just... NO!
Please tell me Lindsay has a secret plan to write another book!!!
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Once again I didn't know this was a duology.. :'D I don't know what's wrong with me, but yeah, what can you do. :D
I found this to be a pretty solid conclusion though!





Lindsay can I please have this book NOW!




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OMG Lindsay liked my review :D
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was so fast-paced but such a let down. So let's recap:

Part 1: The first third of this books was SO great, everything that made the first book amazing. Action! Torture! Character deaths! But then...

Part 2: The imitation began. The entire book from this point forward felt like a ripoff of many popular dystopian YA books. The characters escape the perimeter and discover the horrible outside world...just like Veronica Roth's Divergent conclusion or Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy. It was
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)


THE DEATH CODE was a fantastic sequel that kept me invested and on my toes the entire book. I LOVED this sequel as it takes us beyond the barrier and into the unknown. There was a lot going on in this novel, lots of secrets, trust issues, loyalty uncertainties, shocking reveals and revelations that were utterly heart wrenching and epically thrilling! I just couldn't get enough of it all, and then when it was over, I was SCREAMING for book three!!

Cummings really steps up her game in this
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a really REALLY good book and great conclusion. It was very tense, extremely fast paced, and really heart pumping. There were also some really well written emotional scenes, especially in the last quarter or so.

I tend to go into a sequel thinking "I bet this happens at the end", or something like that. What I thought would happen at the end of this book, happened in the first third, and that left me wondering what the hell was gonna happen next all the way through to the last page.

All i
Alison Morquecho
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This book was great! What a great ending to this series. I totally loved sketch. She was by far my fave character in this book. I still like zephyr and Meadow a ton, but sketch was perfect. And the way the narrator did her voice was perfection.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great display of finding what love is, and discovering how it never fails, no matter what. The Death Code was so action packed, full of anticipation lurking around every corner; it just simply leaves its readers in awe at its traces. Such a soulful book that connects deeply to the mind and heart.

I loved this book in comparison to The Murder Complex, its first book of the series. There was so much revealed, and there was so much anxiousness.
I felt for Meadow, when Lark and her f
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: January 20th 2016
Rating 4,5qqq

“There's hope in there somewhere. There's always hope. Sometimes it just takes a little patience before it shows itself.”

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May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Another bloody and gruesome book from the ever so talented Lindsay Cummings. I really enjoyed this book. As far as sequels go this was a good one and a pretty good concluding book for this duology. I must admit that I did like the first book a little more than this one but it’s a good one.

This duology is definitely so well written and develop. I liked this dystopian world that Lindsay Cummings created in The Murder Complex and I loved it here in The Death Code. This book was a bit more about see
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: rt-booklovers
Why!? I wanted to have this book be so phenomenal. I hurt myself because my expectations where too high. Why?!
The things I loved: Zephdow. I also enjoyed the world outside of the Shallows.
The things I had problems with: Towards the end the book felt like The Hunger Games, no joke. I loved all of the characters in the first book, but know they lacked that special charm that made me fall in love with them. Finally the ending. It was too open ended for a dystopian and Cummings literally left us
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
wow. it took me a long time to read this. not because it was a bad book, but because i just haven't been in the mood to read.

i adore Lindsay's writing style, it was so much better than the first book. this book was also a lot darker than the first. i didn't exactly like Meadow, but i didn't hate her either. she's a strong character, but that's really all she is. she really has no personality besides being fearless and protective of her family. Sketch was definitely my favourite, she had the mos
Sama Aziz
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
LOOK AT THAT SEXY COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





I had no clue this was the final book in the series! I really enjoyed the book! I noticed such a difference in the perspective meaning I could tell who's perspective we were all times. To be honest some things remind me of The Scorch Trials but it didn't affect my opinion . I love the relationship that Meadow and her family have really sweet . There are times however that I just do not like Meadow there were times she just a brat ! I did enjoy this book and I think the author is an amazing perso ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
The Murder Complex was one of my most favorite reads in YA last year and also being a debut for Ms. Cummings, I was anxiously awaiting book two. I mean, if she can do that well with a debut, imagine what the second book will hold right?

And while I did like this read, it didn't quite have the hold over me that book one accomplished but I still had a great time while reading it.

Told in both Meadow and Zephyr's point of view, this had the same intense, mysterious, and downright unique elements tha
Marta Oliveira
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: minesweeper-2015
I swear that I was angry for more than half of this book, Meadow was just so crazy and she seriously got on my nerves.
Another thing I didn't like is the younger sister in danger thing, I am so sick of every dystopia/fantasy book there is always the sweet and innocent younger sister and the badass sister that puts EVERYONE at risk just to save her. I loved the hunger games and all but I just can’t take it anymore.
That was the only things that bothered me, I loved the world and the whole freedom
Brooke Archer
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the fast pace, and I love the resilience of the characters. They never broke from character (as some authors do to make things fit) and I loved that. Lindsay Cummings has a way with action and romance and it makes you feel like you're right there. I was pretty on edge the entire time. And when you-know-what happened, and then didn't, I almost cried out of happiness. Which would have been weird because I'm in the car on a road trip with my family. Yeah.
david y biblioflick
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Honestly, I'm a tad bit disappointed on the ending. Ms. L. Cummings introduced us to one more experiment site - The Drop - which is not mentioned once in the book. While The Ridge, wherein (view spoiler)

Nonetheless, the book is still a great read and is open for another book. (a nov
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-i-own
I thought this was going to be a trilogy but its a duology.

The Death Code, the conclusion of The Murder Complex series, is amazing. I read this duology in two days. It kept me asking, what's going to happen now? Who's going to die? Are they going to survive?What's going to happen?! It's a very thrilling series and I loved it deeply. You have to read it if you haven't.

The ending tied it all really good together but I would love to see what happens after. With Rhone, the Initiative, ect. ect.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful surprise. A great ending to this series with a fabulous conclusion. Things didn't go as planned and the series didn't necessarily go where I thought it would. But Lindsay Cummings had better ideas than me anyways, I'm glad I trusted her and finished this last one. ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
i had VERY mixed reviews on this, and i think that the author should have made the characters less annoying… and many more the author also could have written this waaayy better the author also stole some ideas from Divergent THG and Reboot
C. Maria
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I have mixed feeling about this book. It's well written and it is a good and interesting story but I couldn't get into it. It bored me and it was like torture - nothing interested me. I really didn't care what will happen with the characters or the story. ...more
Maria Drago
Aug 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
Actual rating: 3.5
While I didn't like most of what was going on in this book, I found that I was pretty into the story throughout most of the book. I don't think it's better than the first, but it does have a good ending. But I did not like the writing. I mainly didn't like this book.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings is the sequel to The Murder Complex and picks up soon after The Murder Complex leaves off. Read my full review here Link goes live 2/22/2017 ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5/5 Stars
I absolutely LOVE this series! I was so excited for this book to be released and it most definitely lived up to my expectations! The Death Code was an excellently fast-paced finale to Meadow and Zephyr's story! -
This book was probably the fastest I've read a book all year. The plot picks up right where it left off in The Murder Complex, and it's definitely not boring. At just 20 pages in, I couldn't put it down because I was already sucked back in. Every page in this book puts you on
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Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling co-author of ZENITH, along with her duology, THE MURDER COMPLEX from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. She is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary in NYC.

Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, writes full time from her home in the deep woods in North Texas, and loves to ch

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