Review: Cheat Code

  • Title:
    • Cheat Code
  • Author:
    • Aften Brook Szymanski
  • Release:
    • March 27, 2019
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Sierra Kline

I’ve made it clear time and time again in my reviews that I’m not a fan of modern SciFi. As I was setting up the review page on my blog and noticed this was a SciFi story, I groaned. Lucky for me, this story is really damn good.

For the most part, it’s intense and doesn’t let up. The protagonist has no idea what’s going on or where she is, so as a reader you get to learn as she does. I’m grateful as a lot of stories wouldn’t handle this well and would just dump exposition on you at the start or drop you in the middle of a world and expect you to know what the hell is going on.

I did find it hard to follow character names. I always do, I have a hard time with names in general. The characters have names such as “GenE” or GenAK”, etc, and when everybody has similar sounding code-names, it can be a hassle to follow who is who.

This is one of those edge of your seat, roller coaster rides full of peaks, valleys, dips, and twists. Oh mercy, the twists. Every time you think you have a grasp on what’s what, some new revelation is shared that flips everything sideways. It never gets dull because something interesting is always happening. Cheat Code is one of the most creative and interesting novels I’ve read (in this case, listened to.)

The narrator does an excellent job with voices. She does mispronounce “they’re” as “there”, saying “there not” instead of “they’re not” as well as saying “perscription” instead of prescription. Both of which I find insufferably annoying. I cannot stand when narrators lack the ability to pronounce basic English words properly.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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