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The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
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bookshelves: adventure, childrens, fantasy

First a note on the audiobook: the narrator's voice really didn't work for me, and almost turned me off the story completely. I managed by speeding the voice up, which made it far more tolerable. :)

The premise of this middle-grade novel sounded really interesting - if also rather similar to Ready Player One - but opens up into more of a conspiracy magiteck story than a straightforward competition to solve a puzzle for cash. I found the beginning _really_ hard to get into, in part from a feeling of having quirkiness thrown at me from every direction, but eventually it settled down into a readable adventure tale.

There's a lot of fantastical worldbuilding in this book, and a lot of rather unbelievable non-fantasy events that kept jerking me out of the story (I refuse to believe anyone, no matter how rich and corrupt, could have wangled the destruction of the building without massive protests etc). And, though I knew this was the beginning of a series, I felt rather unsatisfied by the resolution.

It also assumes a lot of knowledge of US historical figures that might pass non-USians by.

Still, it was interesting, and I finished it. I don't think I'll go on with the series, but can suggest it for readers looking for something slightly different in the middle grade realm.
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Reading Progress

November 10, 2017 – Started Reading
November 10, 2017 – Shelved
November 10, 2017 – Shelved as: adventure
November 10, 2017 – Shelved as: childrens
November 10, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
November 10, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Leah Moore Woods Thanks, glad Im not alone in hating the audio narrator. I wish the characters each had a voice actor...

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