Title: The Death Code
(The Murder Complex #2)
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Thriller
First published: May 26th 2015
Finished reading: January 20th 2016
Pages: 496
Rating 4,5qqq

“There’s hope in there somewhere. There’s always hope. Sometimes it just takes a little patience before it shows itself.”


I read and loved The Murder Complex last year. Since I’m trying to finish some of my pending series and I wanted to know how the story continued as well, I decided to finally pick up the sequel. The Death Code turned out to be just as good as the first book, although slightly different. The world in this series is dark, violent and might not be for everyone, but I personally loved it. Lindsay Cummings writes in a way that makes you want to keep on reading. The chapters are short and the POV switches between the two main characters Meadow and Zephyr, which helps you understand both characters and their relationship. The prose is easy to read, the pace is fast and I liked the fact that the plot wasn’t a copy of the first book. The Death Code is a proper dystopian story set in a world I wouldn’t want to live in myself… Which makes it all the more simple to connect to the characters. If you like the genre, I would definitely recommend this series!


WARNING: do not read this summary if you haven’t read the first book in the series yet! It will most likely contain spoilers, even though I’ve made sure to keep it short.

The sequel starts a few weeks after The Murder Complex ended. Meadow is kept prisoner and is tortured without result, and Zephyr is both trying to keep her secret and find a way to save her… Meadow in the meantime is determined to resist and find a way out to find her brother, father and little sister. She promised herself to never give up until they are safe, but that is easier said than done… And it seems that they were finally able to guess her weakness. Will Meadow and Zephyr overcome their difficulties and find a way to achieve their goals?


The Murder Complex series went straight to my favorite YA dystopian list. I really enjoyed both books even though the world the story is set in is actually quite dark and violent… The characters and plot are interesting and the two books really complement each other. In The Death Code Meadow and Zephyr dive into the unknown, and that turns the sequel into a whole new story… The pace is fast, the prose itself is well written and I would recommend this series to anyone who wants to read a good and dark dystopian read without many sappy romance scenes.