Author: N.J. Paige
Genre: YA Science-Fiction
A few days ago, I was living the life of the privileged elite—now I may not live through the night…
In a dystopian world, far in the future, seventeen-year-old, Fenesia Thornbark, loses her home, her way of life, and most of her friends and family, all at the hands of people she once trusted. With her parents dead, Fenesia is now responsible for her younger sister’s life, as well as that of several other orphaned children they meet along the way, while trying to find the resistance group who is fighting the corrupt government. As she struggles to survive in a hostile environment that is unfamiliar to her, Fenesia is transformed into an unapologetic killer—something she had never imagined possible in her former privileged life.
N. J. Paige lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. One of her favorite motto is "Life is a journey and must be taken one step at a time." And she enjoys hiking through her local forest, where she gets inspiration from forest Sprites and other woodland creatures.
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The Kakus have seen what Father has done. There is no turning back now. We are now enemies of our state, our country. They begin to fire at us, nearly hitting Mother in the head when a bullet grazes the wood beam she is standing by. She screams! And we go back toward the kitchen door. Moe, JoeJohn, and Sam the jeweler each meet us, bearing their own rifles. Not all of our friends join us, though. Richard and Klein, two more of our neighbors whom Father has known for many years, well, they remain loyal to the Purest.
They move toward us, firing as they inch closer. Father, Moe, JoeJohn, and Sam try to protect us. They immediately use their bodies as shields, firing their own weapons at the Kakus. We hear a scream. It is Sam, and he now lies dead on ground. It’s all happening so fast—no time to think, no time to mourn the death of a friend.
We have to run! Move fast! Get out of here! We run toward the old subway station—left by our ancestors—in the square. We see our image flash across the DigiMax. Soon, the entire country will know that we are traitors, enemies of the state
The story is told from the point of view of a Fenesia Thornbark, a spoiled Purestkind, whose life is blown apart when her father fires on a bunch of soldiers. On the run, she meets up with the growing resistance and starts to fight back.
I had mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it was exciting and good to see this girl become something else, but on the other hand, it was slightly confusing as the world building doesn't quite match the premise. I don't know why the characters are rainbow coloured, I don't know why the society is segregated or what the blue crystals were. I was stopping so often to ask questions about this world that it drew me out of the book. A few sentences explaining some things would have been immensely helpful.
The writing does show promise and the concept for the novel is good.
Code Human is an enjoyable read however, a good many things in the text need further explanation.