The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings || a gruesome sequel

January 7, 2016 | Posted by Gaby in Book Reviews | 0 Comments

The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings || a gruesome sequelThe Death Code
by Lindsay Cummings
Series: The Murder Complex, #2
Genres: Young Adult
Publication Date: May 26th 2015 by Greenwillow Books
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
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4 Stars
Source: Purchased

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.


Another bloody and gruesome book from the ever so talented Lindsay Cummings. I really enjoyed this book. As far as sequels go this was a good one and a pretty good concluding book for this duology. I must admit that I did like the first book a little more than this one but it’s a good one.

This duology is definitely so well written and develop. I liked this dystopian world that Lindsay Cummings created in The Murder Complex and I loved it here in The Death Code. This book was a bit more about seeing other parts of this world that weren’t shown in the first but are equally as screwed as The Shallows. I honestly love the world building and the concept of this duology. A world where nobody dies so they get killed to control world population. A world so screwed up that they research ways for people to die again. And a world where compassion and remorse has disappeared.

One of the things that I most enjoyed about this book in my opinion are some little realistic aspects that the author included in this. Throughout this book horrible thing happens to the characters and it shows. I loved that our main character Meadow was so strong but she paid the price for being that strong. Unlike so many YA characters where something happens to the main character and the continue as if it was nothing Meadow lost it. In my opinion I loved to see how the things that happened affected her not only physically but mentally. This girl lost it in probably some of the most gruesome and twisted ways. We also see this in Zephyr and his romantic relationship, at one point he doubts his feelings and his loyalty to this girl. And to some people this seems wrong like that is a sign that it wasn’t true love but to me it felt like something so realistic. In so many YAs we see unconditional love, I mean they go through hell and back and all is fine and dandy here we see another aspect. And I honestly loved it.

There’s some amazing character development in these books from Meadow how was already strong and continues to grow stronger and Zephyr who gains his freedom and discovers who he is and what there is for him. Considering how dark this book is most of the time there’s always a need for some comic relief and that for was definitely Sketch. She is one sassy and out of control character but she fits in so well with the story. Her comments and actions never seem out of place no matter how horrible the scene is.

A perfectly paced story with some great plot development. This was a great sequel to an already great book and even though the ending is not exactly what I was expecting, I found it to be pretty satisfying.  Can’t wait to see what Lindsay Cummings comes up with next. She is definitely on my author radar.



About Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings is the 24-year-old author of THE MURDER COMPLEX series from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, can’t get enough of her two pesky German Shepherds, wolf cub, and two horses. She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail.

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