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The Tomorrow Code Paperback – July 28, 2009
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Grade 7 Up—"The end of the world started quietly enough for Tane Williams and Rebecca Richards." This intriguing first sentence immediately draws readers into the novel. When two New Zealand teens decode a cryptic message consisting of seemingly random patterns of 0s and 1s, they are alarmed to discover that the message appears to have been sent from the future by themselves via gamma rays and warns of a disaster that could affect the entire planet. Though this is a fine premise for a speculative fiction novel, the book suffers a bit from uneven writing and sketchy science. Still, the action scenes are dramatic, the message decoding is intriguing, and the underlying pro-ecology message of respect for the Earth (or else) is timely and will be enough to keep some readers interested. However, David Klass's Firestorm (Farrar, 2006) and M. T. Anderson's Feed (Candlewick, 2002) are stronger choices.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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Three young New Zealanders square off against a biological apocalypse in this terrifying sf page-turner. Starting with the notion that “quantum foam” might be a key to sending messages back through time, Tane, his friend Rebecca, and his older brother Fatboy discover a series of coded transmissions from their own future selves: a set of lottery numbers, circuit diagrams for a transmitter, and ominous warnings about a “Chimera Project.” That last turns out (they discover too late) to be a scientific experiment gone wrong that produces an opaque cloud of deadly organisms designed to detect and kill all human life. Falkner crafts a solid thriller for his U.S. debut, in which immunology, ecological depredation, and Maori culture all play significant roles. Though he doesn’t resolve every time paradox (such as where those circuit diagrams originated), his tale hangs together well enough, and features an open ending that will leave readers waiting with fingers crossed. Grades 6-9. --John Peters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The problem started when you found out more about they mystery. The book turned into an anti-science propaganda, and their depiction of scientists was highly unrealistic. I work in a building that does animal testing, and they do not murder monkeys in front of screaming children, telling them "I told you not to name it." This is just ignorance. Rebecca, who I liked earlier in the novel, became very annoying. I ended up not finishing the book and just putting it down in disgust.
Someone please rewrite the last third of the book.
For ages 13 and up, I can't recommend it enough. A good non fiction companion is "Time Traveler" by Physicist Ronald Mallet, a good fiction companion is "The Last Universe."
Could easily be used in a science class as a study of Physics or biology. Here are some of the topics covered: time travel, quantum foam, mobius strip, chimeras, pathogens, antibodies, and destruction of natural environments.
I read this book in paperback, my students read it on Kindles. The Kindle was really helpful as there is some tough vocabulary, and the instant definition option helped the students a lot.
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I really liked how Tane and Rebecca had to crack a secret code from the future.Read more