Book Review: Kill Code by Clive Fleury

“The station: a seething mass of humanity. Some came with hope in their hearts, ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime. For others, it was the only place hey had left to go. They had reached rock bottom.”

Written by Clive Fleury and a futuristic dystopia, Kill Code is set in 2031 in a world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. It’s a world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt; a world where a good man can’t survive for long. The story follows Hogan Duran, a disgraced cop, forced to resign when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now he lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive. But Hogan’s ship is about to come in. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organisation that protects the ruling elite from the uglier elements of this new society. The NSC is ready to hand Hogan his wildest dreams, so long as he passes their deadly entrance exam and agrees to keep their one abominable secret. In a world gone wrong, can one good man actually make a difference? Or will he die trying?

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Book Review: Peter Green And The Unliving Academy

Written by Angelina Allsop, Peter Green And The Unliving Academy follows a 14-year-old boy who can’t remember how he died. All he has are his pyjamas, a silk tie, and a one-way bus ticket to Mrs Battisworth’s Academy and Haven for Unliving Boys and Girls, a strange and spooky school for dead orphans like himself. The Unliving Academy has everything, from vampires in the hallways, to monsters in the cafeteria, to ghosts in the basement. And that’s just the teachers; the students are far stranger.

As Pete learns to fit in with his new supernatural schoolmates, he starts to discover his own uniquely undead abilities and even begins enjoying his life after death. But he just can’t shake the feeling that he’s forgotten something (or somebody!) important. Somebody he left behind in the land of the living. Somebody he loved very much. Somebody who’s in terrible danger.

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