With short, fast-paced, alternating point-of-view chapters, The Death Code starts several weeks after The Murder Complex ended. Zephyr keeps the secret about Meadow close—that if she dies, The Murder Complex will be destroyed, too. Meadow, desperate to find her brother, father, and little sister, is determined to fearlessly fight to the end, even if it means sacrificing herself and her friends, new and old. The Death Code introduces a memorable cast of secondary characters and delivers a vivid and scary thrill ride read.
I don’t have a review for The Murder Complex here on the blog, but before I review it’s sequel I’d like to point out that I loved this book. It didn’t get a lot of love out there in the book world, but I fell in love with every word and character and I was so so excited for The Death Code. Then, I finally had it in my hands.
That sounds like I didn’t like it, but I assure you I did. It just wasn’t what I was hoping for, and also I’m a bad book nerd and I had no idea it was a duology until the ending. So my feelings for The Death Code were nowhere near what I experienced reading The Murder Complex, but it’s still a solid sequel and a great read.
The Murder Complex ended with us not knowing the fate of Meadow, and it was a cliffhanger that killed me in the best kind of way that only a really good book cliffhanger can. But in TDC we get reassured too quickly in my opinion that Meadow is (somewhat) okay. First chapter is Zephyr (my love) but since Lindsay’s chapter styles are short and alternating we knew Meadow’s status in just a few short pages. I would’ve liked to have more build up to that, but it still worked. I adore Lindsay’s writing style, and I’m so glad that at least that wasn’t lost in the book.
We were introduced to some new characters, and at the time reading them I was excited to get to know them an hoped I saw more of them in the third book – remember I went into this book still thinking it was a trilogy, which is bad on my part. And then things were not a’okay with my ship (Zephyr and Meadow) when they were finally reunited.
The whole book felt like a sequel. Which it was, but that’s not what I mean. It felt like a sequel in a trilogy. It have the layout of that stepping stone book into the ending. It introduced rocky situations that the characters had to overcome so that they could get back to the big picture and move onto whatever problem awaited them in their third book. Going into thinking that this was a trilogy was my fault, I will own it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think this series needs a third book. As the final book in the series, I would have to give The Death Code 2 stars, but had their been another book then this would’ve been a sequel worthy of 4 stars. Because that ending begs for more! Again, it’s one of those cliffhangers that leaves a hole in you heart in the best kind of ways. But it was the worst without something to look forward to.
Here’s hoping for another novella in the future at least. I’m going to stick with my 4 stars for The Death Code because I did enjoy it a lot. I just can’t get over the fact that it’s over, and that it ended like that.