Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Social Code (The Start-Up #1) by Sadie Hayes

Publication: September 3, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
In a world where anyone can rise to the top, the only rule is... watch your back.

Eighteen-year-old twins Adam and Amelia Dory learned the hard way to rely only on each other, growing up in a small town where they understood the meaning of coming from nothing. But everything changes when both are offered scholarships to Stanford University – and catapulted into the dazzling world of Silicon Valley, where anyone with a good enough idea can skyrocket to fame and fortune in the blink of an eye…

Amelia is almost as pretty as she is smart – almost. A shy girl and genius, she is happiest alone in the computer lab, but her brother has other plans for her talents: A new company that will be the next Silicon Valley hit, and will thrust Amelia into the spotlight whether she likes it or not. Where Amelia’s the brains, Adam’s the ambition – he sees the privileged lifestyle of the Silicon Valley kids and wants a piece of what they have. He especially wants a piece of Lisa Bristol, the stunning daughter of one of the Valley’s biggest tycoons.

As Adam and Amelia begin to hatch their new company, they find themselves going from nothing to the verge of everything seemingly overnight. But no amount of prestige can prepare them for the envy, backstabbing and cool calculation of their new powerful peers.

Welcome to Silicon Valley, where fortune, success – and betrayal – are only a breath away...

Previously published as The Start-Up.

The lives of the wealthy are not always as glamorous and happy as it seems. And The Social Code shows the reader just that.
Adam and Amelia spend a good portion of their lives in foster care. Until they are both awarded scholarships to Stanford University. Even though they are twins they are opposites. Adam dreams of wealth and power. Amelia wants to use her knowledge of computers and coding to help enhance people’s lives. She isn’t interested in becoming rich.
Adam wants to use the app that Amelia created in order to become rich and successful. He sees this as his ticket to really make a name for himself and to achieve everything he has ever wanted.
Even though Amelia is caring and smart, there were times when I thought she was rather naïve. I think both her and Adam were more intelligent when it came to school, books, and computers. I wish that when it came to worldly knowledge or street smarts that they knew more.
Lies, secrets, betrayal, backstabbing, and manipulation all play a part in The Social Code. This book reminded me a little of Gossip Girl. If you like that kind of drama
At times it felt like there was too much going on and it was hard to keep everything straight. But the pace of the story was fast and it was easy to get caught up in Amelia and Adam’s world.
RATING: 3½ out of 5.
** I received this book on behalf of the Publisher in exchange for nothing, but my honest opinion. Thank you. **
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