Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Tomorrow Code

The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner is a book about two friends, Tane and Rebecca, who learn that the world is about to end from messages sent back in time in binary code. The first message they receive is the next lottery draw’s winning numbers, and the two are soon millionaires. These messages, however, quickly become much darker and the source becomes even stranger: Tane and Rebecca soon realize that these messages are coming from themselves in the future! 

They begin to forecast the impending end of the world, as something has gone horribly wrong. It is up to Tane and Rebecca to prevent this diabolical event from ever happening in a last-ditch effort to save the human race. I very much enjoyed this book as a piece of dystopian science fiction literature. It presents surprisingly sound science in defense of its far-fetched plot, something few science fiction books choose to do. The largest problem with this book, however, may be its few glaring plot holes. 

Many of the book’s crucial events take place merely by coincidence, while others just do not seem to make sense. For example, the two main characters purchase a submarine, yet nobody seems to question the fact that two teenagers who just won the lottery are purchasing a submarine. Thus this book requires a sizable suspension of belief to follow, but if you can manage it, it is certainly worth the read, even if just for its interesting scientific validations. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy science fiction, especially dystopian and time travel science fiction.

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