Title: Immoral Code
Author: Lillian Clark
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Page Count: 308
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Ocean’s 8 meets The Breakfast Club in this fast-paced, multi-perspective story about five teens determined to hack into one billionaire absentee father’s company to steal tuition money.
For Nari, aka Narioka Diane, aka hacker digital alter ego “d0l0s,” it’s college and then a career at “one of the big ones,” like Google or Apple. Keagan, her sweet, sensitive boyfriend, is happy to follow her wherever she may lead. Reese is an ace/aro visual artist with plans to travel the world. Santiago is off to Stanford on a diving scholarship, with very real Olympic hopes. And Bellamy? Physics genius Bellamy is admitted to MIT–but the student loan she’d been counting on is denied when it turns out her estranged father–one Robert Foster–is loaded.
Nari isn’t about to let her friend’s dreams be squashed by a deadbeat billionaire, so she hatches a plan to steal just enough from Foster to allow Bellamy to achieve her goals. Fast-paced and banter-filled, Lillian Clark’s debut is a hilarious and thought-provoking Robin Hood story for the 21st century.
Immoral Code by Lillian Clark is a young adult contemporary that follows a group of five friends. Each of the group have a voice in the story as they come together to try to help one solve their problem of getting to college.
Nari is the hacker of the group and as you may guess plays a big part of the story, Keagan is Nari’s boyfriend, Reese has plans to travel the world, Santiago a champion diver having secured a scholarship to Stanford and then there’s Bellamy who’s dream has always been going to MIT.
Bellamy had gotten the news of an acceptance into MIT and couldn’t have been happier, that is until finding out money was going to be a problem. Having planned on financial aid and getting turned down there’s no way Bellamy being raised by a single mother can pay for the school. Bellamy’s father however is a billionaire who signed her away years before and since his wealth is keeping the MIT dream out of reach why not hack away a few thousand, she deserves it, right?
I actually rather enjoyed the story in Immoral Code, I mean who can’t help but feel for the teen who knows who their father is but he wasn’t man enough to be in her life? The thing that kept me from really loving this one was when switching between each character’s voice I would often forget who it was. Each should have more of a personality instead of blending together to me. In the end I would give this one 3.5 stars, still a fun read but perhaps a bit bland on character development.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Lillian Clark, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, grew up riding horses, climbing trees, hiking, and going on grand imaginary adventures in the small-town West. She’s worked as a lifeguard, a camp counselor, and a Zamboni driver, but found her eternal love working as a bookseller at an independent bookstore in what was once a brothel in historic downtown Laramie, WY. Now living with her husband, son, and two giant dogs in the Teton Valley of Idaho, she spends her snowy winters and sunny summers reading almost anything and writing books for teens. Learn more about Lillian online at LillianJClark.com and on Twitter at @LillianJClark.