Monday, June 29, 2015

The Social Code by Sadie Hayes

The Social Code by Sadie Hayes
Source: Library
Pages: 320
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: September 3rd 2013
Series: The Start-Up; Book 1
Verdict: Buy

SummaryIn a world where anyone can rise to the top, the only rule is... watch your back.

Eighteen-year-old twins Adam and Amelia Dory learned the hard way to rely only on each other, growing up in a small town where they understood the meaning of coming from nothing. But everything changes when both are offered scholarships to Stanford University – and catapulted into the dazzling world of Silicon Valley, where anyone with a good enough idea can skyrocket to fame and fortune in the blink of an eye…

Amelia is almost as pretty as she is smart – almost. A shy girl and genius, she is happiest alone in the computer lab, but her brother has other plans for her talents: A new company that will be the next Silicon Valley hit, and will thrust Amelia into the spotlight whether she likes it or not. Where Amelia’s the brains, Adam’s the ambition – he sees the privileged lifestyle of the Silicon Valley kids and wants a piece of what they have. He especially wants a piece of Lisa Bristol, the stunning daughter of one of the Valley’s biggest tycoons.

As Adam and Amelia begin to hatch their new company, they find themselves going from nothing to the verge of everything seemingly overnight. But no amount of prestige can prepare them for the envy, backstabbing and cool calculation of their new powerful peers.

Welcome to Silicon Valley, where fortune, success – and betrayal – are only a breath away...

Review: Books with intelligent characters are always a win in my opinion. Oftentimes, books don't showcase the capabilities a character has beyond the usual meanderings, but The Social Code does more than showcase the brains behind it all. This book reveals the masterminds, the villains, the brainiacs, the privileged, and so much more. The Social Code is a story about what can happen when the thoughts and formulations of the brain create something worth fighting for.

I'm personally not a very tech-savvy person, so it was incredibly interesting reading about coding, hacking, and all the different sides of technology. What made it even better was that the best part of the technology revolved around a shy eighteen year old female mastermind. Talk about girl power.

Amelia Dory is the brains of this entire book. Without her, there would be no code, thus resulting in a lack of Doreye. And without Doreye, there would be no mayhem, drama, and craziness. Basically, without Amelia, nothing would have happened and this book and its plot line would not exist. Talk about girl power...

Her twin brother, Adam Dory, is (believe it or don't...) the more social of the two. He's the make-it-happen person in this book. He has ambition, and he sees opportunities when they come about. Without Adam, Doreye would not be Doreye. But then again, without Amelia, there would be nothing that Adam could do, because the coding for Doreye would not exist, and Doreye would be an unknown and unheard of application. So... there's that. (Disclaimer: In case you can't tell yet, I'm a huge fan of Amelia Dory. Seriously, she's the coolest.)

This book is thrilling and fun and unique, yet there was still a slight problem. Some of the drama seemed too fabricated. At some points, it got a bit annoying to read about, but not so much that I didn't want to read more, because let me tell you, I totally wanted to read more.

The Social Code is a book that incorporates action, intelligence, intuition, and cut-throat actions into something whole, distinct, and engaging. There may have been some details that were unnecessary, but all in all, this is a book that you won't want to miss.

 Really enjoyed


  1. Hmmm, I used to have this one, and the sequel. Unsolicited from the publisher, so I never read them, and donated them. That's okay! I'm glad you liked it, Grace. Sounds like a fun ride!

    Awesome review :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I really liked this one, but I finished the sequel and was left a bit disappointed, to be honest. (That review's coming up in a few posts!) But I'm still happy I read this, because this first book was really nice, and I love reading about brainy characters!

      Thanks, Alyssa!

      -Grace :)