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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  491 ratings  ·  163 reviews
For Nari, aka Narioka Diane, aka hacker digital alter ego “d0l0s," it’s college and then a career at “one of the big ones," like Google or Apple. Keagan, her sweet, sensitive boyfriend, is happy to follow her wherever she may lead. Reese is an ace/aro visual artist with plans to travel the world. Santiago is off to Stanford on a diving scholarship, with very real Olympic h ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Larry H
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I read a lot of YA books, but I must admit, reading Lillian Clark's new book, Immoral Code , was the first time I felt old reading this genre. There are certainly universal themes of friendship, loyalty, and love, but perhaps because the book deals with a lot of technological stuff, some of the lingo used went over my head. (It's embarrassing to admit I'd never heard the term "ace/aro" to describe someone who is asexual and aromantic—I know what these words mean, but I wasn't familiar with th ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Immoral Code by Lillian Clark is a young adult contemporary that follows a group of five friends. Each of the group have a voice in the story as they come together to try to help one solve their problem of getting to college.

Nari is the hacker of the group and as you may guess plays a big part of the story, Keagan is Nari’s boyfriend, Reese has plans to travel the world, Santiago a champion diver having secured a scholarship to Stanford and then there’s Bellamy who’s dream has always been going
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

CW: bullying, aphobia.

I received an earc of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review

Original review posted on my blog : Word Wonders

Hello, what do you do when you read a book and love the cast of characters so much you want to adopt them and would die for their safety and happiness? Because. That’s me. With this book. Immoral Code has been on my radar for a while because 1/ Contemporary teen heist book (!!!) and 2/ One of the MCs is aroace!!!! So when
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you ready for characters that are flesh and blood, honest to goodness teens on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you care enough? How far would you go to help a friend who has been let down about one of the most important things in their lives? Do you have the confidence of youth to outsmart a successful corporate mogul? Could you hack your way into the financial funds of a wealthy and seemingly uncaring absentee father to provide his child with a well-deserved college educati ...more
Sherwood Smith
Feb 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: caper
The premise of this one grabbed me at once: five high school seniors plan a heist, to get money for one of their number to go to college.

The book is short on action and heavy on teen dialogue, which might make it a strong plus for its intended readership. The narrative style is broken into chapters from each of the five characters' POVs. The kids come across as extremely intelligent; the three girls' chapters came alive for me more than the two boys' chapters. Overall there was a sameness to the
☆ Mira ✷
Oct 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
This is about organized teenage crime, so I'm declaring it the 2019 YA contemporary version of Six of Crows and begging the bookgods for a modern American Kaz. ...more
Kelly Coon
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Update 1: Wow. Wow. Wow. And Wow. Okay. First of all, you're going to love this. Honestly. Clark wrote a book filled with such real, vibrant, complex characters, that I'm looking around my living room wondering where they are. These distinct (brilliant) characters wriggle through the nuances of a moral dilemma while battling their own inner demons, and you, reader, get to go through the deliberations with them. Twenty out of twenty would recommend to their friends.
Update 2: Seriously, y'all need
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aspec
4.5 stars
The aro-ace rep is everything I could want from it and more
Dec 31, 2018 added it
I quit Immoral Code at the 60% mark, but I'm adding my write up to Goodreads, since I don't see any other ace reviewers discussing this book.

I love heist stories, and this follows five teenagers who are planning a heist to take seventy thousand from their friend’s estranged father. He’s never even met her, but his massive fortune means she was denied financial aid and wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend MIT. I thought the concept sounded really fun, and Immoral Code has the added bonus of inc
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A fashionably diverse group of youths tries to steal a fortune from the father of one of the group in order to pay for her college tuition.

Way too self conscious.
Vicky Again
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I read the first 100 pages of this book when I had a few spare minutes to actually pick something up to read. And then, I read another 50 pages and fell asleep somewhere in that area (not the book’s fault–I was really tired). So take what I saw with a grain of salt, because I know that I didn’t give this book my all, unfortunately.

I’ve been so excited for Immoral Code for months now, and I feel bad that I didn’t give this my 100% while reading. So the first half was definitely “meh” for
Gail Shepherd
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y-a
I read the Advanced Reader's copy of this book, and I was blown away. The Premise: Five very close friends, in their senior year, plan to hack into the bank accounts of a mega-wealthy, .01 percenter entrepreneur to skim off enough petty cash to pay the $50,000 yearly tuition of brilliant Bellamy, who has been accepted at MIT to study physics. The mega-wealthy entrepreneur, as it happens, is Bellamy's deadbeat dad. The caper revolves around figuring out the logistics of how to do the skim without ...more
Jen Ryland
As a book about a Scooby gang of friends, I thought this worked great. (Though five is a lot of POVs for me and I often had trouble telling them apart.)

As a heist story, this was a bit disappointing. If you go in expecting more friendship and less heist, you should be fine!

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Thanks to the publisher for provi
actual rating: 2.5

Ok, things I liked about this book:

- teen heist!
- diverse cast including an ARO / ACE PROTAG!
- uh ...damn, is that really it?

Things I didn't like about this book:

- overly 'cute' dialogue that seemed to be trying way too hard
- not enough style difference between POVs = me forgetting whose chapter I am reading almost CONSTANTLY
- despite the one aro/ace protag there was a LOT of romance with the other characters
- definitely WAY more contemporary melodrama than action heist
- it's b
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)


Immoral Code is one of those books that charms you. Not because it is always shiny, but because there's something so endearing in its pages. In these characters, their secrets, and the ways these friends dance around each other. You fall in love with each of them in turn. And then when they enter together, the whole world bu
Kimberly Gabriel
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had everything I want in a good story—strong characterization, witty dialogue, and a fast-paced, twisty plot—AND it involved a heist. The story revolves around 5 friends and was told from each of their POVs. Clark did a brilliant job of keeping each character and voice distinct and fresh. I found myself drawn to each of them as they work together to pull off a heist that could ruin their promising futures in order to protect one of their own. Through everything they try to accomplish a ...more
This book should have been perfect for me. I love a funny book, and I love a good heist, so the synopsis sounded great to me. And there was an aroace main character.

Granted, the aroace rep is great. The rest of the book, not so much. I really didn't like the writing style, and because of that, the rest of the book didn't work for me either.

CWs: slutshaming, bullying, aphobia
Rashika (is tired)
I love a good heist book and 2019 truly seems to be the year of heist books but unfortunately, Immoral Code was not everything I wanted it to be. It’s the kind of book that has good bones but ultimately, neither the writing style nor the pacing worked for me.

The entire time I was reading the book, the characters voices felt sort of inauthentic? But upon reflection I don’t think the fact that they were all self-aware makes them inauthentic, I am an extremely self-aware human being, but I think se
Jennifer Camiccia
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was greatly privileged to read an Advanced Readers Copy of this book, and (spoiler alert) LOVED it!! So many great characters written with depth and so true to life. I loved the story and how the author used it as a fast-paced vehicle to showcase the vulnerability and awesomeness of her characters. I recommend this to anyone who loves heist stories, love stories, friendship stories, stories with diverse, interesting characters. Or anyone who loves to read. I can't wait to see what else this au ...more
Erin Hahn
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just... WOW. No spoilers, I promise! This book was spectacular. Brilliant teens, loyal friendships, pragmatic financial strains and a dash of sweet romance. I would recommend this story to anyone seeking a fast-paced and though-provoking read. I devoured in an afternoon because I just had to know what would happen!!

Clark’s writing is gorgeous, layered and complex. Her FIVE povs stand out, each unique and whip-smart. This author is one to watch!
Idris Grey
I had the pleasure of reading this earlier in the year and I think you're all in for a treat. ...more
Brenda Rufener
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-blurbed
Loved this book so much I blurbed it!
Samantha (WLABB)
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
After working for years and finally achieving her dream of MIT, Bellamy thought she was shut out, because her estranged father was too wealthy limiting her financial aid, and he had not offered to help with tuition. Nari hoped to right this wrong using her hacking skills, as she and the rest of their friends embarked on this morally grey mission.

I am starting with a warning: This book features five points of view. I see many readers lament about too many POVs, but I thought Clark did a good job
Samantha Hastings
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Office Space” for teens. This is a hilarious and heartwarming heist!

Told from the perspective of five teens. Their friend Bellamy won’t be able to go to MIT because she doesn’t qualify for student aid because of a rich father who is only a child support check.

Nari, a computer genius, decides she’s going to make Bellamy’s father pay for college—even if they have to steal the money. Using all of their unique talents, the five teens plan and execute the perfect heist only to discover, they’ve sto
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
IMMORAL CODE was so much fun to read, evidenced by how lightning fast I tore through it! It tells the story of 5 friends, each character unique and with a fully developed story line. Although the central plot involves some high-tech thievery (which raised the tension and had me tearing through the pages to see what happened next), the friendships always remained front and center. The interactions among the friends showed how deep their love, loyalty, and trust, and the lengths they would go to s ...more
Kara McDowell
This book is astounding. Really. That's the only word I can think of.

Immoral Code has FIVE first person POVs. And they are all distinct and incredible and brilliant. Each character is a real person with a unique voice and flaws and strengths. I loved each of them (but maybe I loved Santiago the most).

Another thing I loved about this book was the breakneck pace. Time moves exactly like it does in a heist movie, which was so interesting to read.

If you love heist movies, friendship stories, or fas
Greg Andree
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an arc of IMMORAL CODE, and it was awesome. A diverse group of teens (including an aromantic character) doing an Ocean's 8 style heist on a high school budget. The characters are well-developed, and friendships are explored, as well as group dynamics of the friendships as they work together and clash while they try to get justice for their friend.

The break-ins, hacking, planning . . . it's all edge of your seat, and constantly driven by great characters. I know my 8th g
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intricate friendships, a road trip, a high-stakes heist—there was so much I loved about IMMORAL CODE! Featuring five POV characters who are each brilliant, clever, and complex in their own way, this is the story of a group of close-knit teens grappling with right and wrong, hope and fear, as they prepare a daring heist that could cost them their bright futures if it all goes awry. This book is fast-paced, hilarious, and immensely entertaining, and I highly recommend it!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
It's their senior year, their lives are stretching out before them, this incredibly close group of five friends are preparing for graduation, college, etc. -- even (not that they'll confront this quite yet) living without each other. They all excel in one or two ways -- one's a hacker/activist, one's an artist, one's got a real shot at the Olympics -- etc. One is a physics genius (or close enough to a genius to count) who was admitted earl
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I had some fundamental issues with this book, I think the YA world in may just love it.

Immoral Code tells the story of five teens, best friends since forever, taking action against injustice.  Bellany is brilliant and could go full-ride to MIT... except that her umber rich father still shows up on her FAFSA and she can get an ounce of support.  Even though her father abandoned her before she was born.  When Bellamy tries to call him, he hangs up on her.  So that's it.  No MIT.

Except her fr
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Lillian Clark, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, grew up riding horses, climbing trees, and going on grand imaginary adventures in the small-town West. She's worked as a lifeguard, a camp counselor, and a Zamboni driver, but found her eternal love working as a bookseller at an independent bookstore. Now living in Teton Valley, Idaho with her husband, son, and two giant dogs, she spends her ...more

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