Reviews for Tomorrow Code


Booklist Reviews 2008 September #2
Three young New Zealanders square off against a biological apocalypse in this terrifying sf page-turner. Starting with the notion that quantum foam might be a key to sending messages back through time, Tane, his friend Rebecca, and his older brother Fatboy discover a series of coded transmissions from their own future selves: a set of lottery numbers, circuit diagrams for a transmitter, and ominous warnings about a Chimera Project. That last turns out (they discover too late) to be a scientific experiment gone wrong that produces an opaque cloud of deadly organisms designed to detect and kill all human life. Falkner crafts a solid thriller for his U.S. debut, in which immunology, ecological depredation, and Maori culture all play significant roles. Though he doesn't resolve every time paradox (such as where those circuit diagrams originated), his tale hangs together well enough, and features an open ending that will leave readers waiting with fingers crossed. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
New Zealand teens Tane and Rebecca hit upon a way to decode transmissions from the future and begin receiving messages--from themselves. The cryptic messages hint at an ecological global catastrophe, and the pair needs to decipher them before it's too late. The apocalyptic novel starts slowly but gathers momentum as the peril advances. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2008 September #1
New Zealand author Falkner makes his U.S. debut with a book that resonates with a Down Under accent. With a tautly constructed plot, this fast-paced and all-too-realistic thriller asks both protagonists and readers to consider the implications of humankind's exploitation of the earth and its possibly catastrophic repercussions. Tane and Rebecca, 14-year-olds living in Auckland, receive coded messages from their future selves, warning about an apocalyptic event that only they can prevent. As they decipher the clues and race to take the right steps to save lives, readers are swept into visions of ecological disaster and a planet fighting back. With puzzles aplenty, codes, computers and a submarine called Mobius, this technothriller offers gearhead ecowarriors everything, including a hugely satisfying ending. Character development does not take a back seat to plot, however; told largely through Tane's eyes, the narrative creates a believable and sympathetic cast of characters, both main and supporting. Exciting and thought-provoking, it will raise awareness of serious issues as it entertains. (Thriller. 10 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 February

Gr 7 Up--"The end of the world started quietly enough for Tane Williams and Rebecca Richards." This intriguing first sentence immediately draws readers into the novel. When two New Zealand teens decode a cryptic message consisting of seemingly random patterns of 0s and 1s, they are alarmed to discover that the message appears to have been sent from the future by themselves via gamma rays and warns of a disaster that could affect the entire planet. Though this is a fine premise for a speculative fiction novel, the book suffers a bit from uneven writing and sketchy science. Still, the action scenes are dramatic, the message decoding is intriguing, and the underlying pro-ecology message of respect for the Earth (or else) is timely and will be enough to keep some readers interested. However, David Klass's Firestorm (Farrar, 2006) and M. T. Anderson's Feed (Candlewick, 2002) are stronger choices.--Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

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