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It is the near future, and the earth has entered a new ice age. Eleanor Perry lives in Tucson, one of the most popular destinations for refugees of the Freeze. She is the daughter of a climatologist who is trying to find new ways to preserve human life on the planet. Dr. Perry believes that a series of oil deposits she has found in the Arctic may hold the key to our surviv It is the near future, and the earth has entered a new ice age. Eleanor Perry lives in Tucson, one of the most popular destinations for refugees of the Freeze. She is the daughter of a climatologist who is trying to find new ways to preserve human life on the planet. Dr. Perry believes that a series of oil deposits she has found in the Arctic may hold the key to our survival. That's when she disappears—but not before sending Eleanor a series of cryptic messages that point to a significant and mysterious discovery. Now it's up to Eleanor to go find her. This search will launch Eleanor on a breathless race to unlock the mysteries of what has happened to our planet, solving the riddle of the cold that could be humanity's end—and uncovering a threat to the earth that may not be of this world.


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It is the near future, and the earth has entered a new ice age. Eleanor Perry lives in Tucson, one of the most popular destinations for refugees of the Freeze. She is the daughter of a climatologist who is trying to find new ways to preserve human life on the planet. Dr. Perry believes that a series of oil deposits she has found in the Arctic may hold the key to our surviv It is the near future, and the earth has entered a new ice age. Eleanor Perry lives in Tucson, one of the most popular destinations for refugees of the Freeze. She is the daughter of a climatologist who is trying to find new ways to preserve human life on the planet. Dr. Perry believes that a series of oil deposits she has found in the Arctic may hold the key to our survival. That's when she disappears—but not before sending Eleanor a series of cryptic messages that point to a significant and mysterious discovery. Now it's up to Eleanor to go find her. This search will launch Eleanor on a breathless race to unlock the mysteries of what has happened to our planet, solving the riddle of the cold that could be humanity's end—and uncovering a threat to the earth that may not be of this world.

30 review for The Arctic Code

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rashika (is tired)

    ***This mini-review has also been posted on The Social Potato The Arctic Code was an interesting book to say the least but I liked the idea of it more than I liked the actual book. This is a book kid me would have loved but it pains me to say this, especially since I am just starting to get back into middle grade, but this book just didn’t work for me as an older reader. That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it, I did, but I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief of certain things. I don’t know if that ma ***This mini-review has also been posted on The Social Potato The Arctic Code was an interesting book to say the least but I liked the idea of it more than I liked the actual book. This is a book kid me would have loved but it pains me to say this, especially since I am just starting to get back into middle grade, but this book just didn’t work for me as an older reader. That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it, I did, but I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief of certain things. I don’t know if that makes my feelings towards the book ‘it’s me not you’ because what does it say about a book if I cannot manage to suspend my disbelief? I’ve done this for other middle grade books I’ve read so it is me as a reader or is it a failing of the book? I cannot say for sure. My problems with the plausibility aside, I did like the book. It was vereh fun and cutsey. I just, I don’t know, I wanted more. There are some rushed explanations at the end and as someone who is a huge admirer of The Arctic (and The Antarctic) I just wanted more. I wanted this book to be more about their adventures in The Arctic than about a ‘mystery’ that was easily solved. The world building has a lot of potential but given the way things ended, I am not exactly sure where the author is going with this.  Maybe it’s just my own disappointment because things didn’t go exactly the way I had thought they would but, the route the author chose might have been more enjoyable if it hadn’t seemed completely random. I don’t want to say much else without giving spoilers though. That said, the main character, Eleanor, was awesome. She was a smart girl and seemed to have great surivival instincts! She made some stupid decisions, sure, but she is a kid, and even kids are prone to make mistakes now and then. All in all, this is a cute read but perhaps one older readers wouldn't enjoy as much because of the implausible factors. I will probably still be picking up the sequel to see where this all goes though so if you're curious, definitely give this one a shot!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    *sigh* So many things not properly explained, characters not memorable and rather pale, their motivation for their actions were sometimes not reasonable, a lot of logic missing or simply unbelievable, hence an unsatisfying read overall. Site note: I felt some parts weren't really appropriate for kids (middle grade book). The female lead, Eleanor, was just really lucky a lot of times, and she didn't really carry the story sufficiently. What was fairly well done was the overall feeling wading throug *sigh* So many things not properly explained, characters not memorable and rather pale, their motivation for their actions were sometimes not reasonable, a lot of logic missing or simply unbelievable, hence an unsatisfying read overall. Site note: I felt some parts weren't really appropriate for kids (middle grade book). The female lead, Eleanor, was just really lucky a lot of times, and she didn't really carry the story sufficiently. What was fairly well done was the overall feeling wading through this novel, just cold and bleak. Could never shake off that feeling and never felt good while reading this. The plot idea in general wasn't too bad, but the execution fell flat for me. And the things happening at the end... huh, really?! Seemed rushed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    LibraryDanielle

    really? really? the ending here was as much a horrible let down as Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, the movie that should never have been made. I mean come on. the beginning was good, which is why this got two stars instead of just one. Eleanor is a good hero- spunky, interesting, and just a bit flawed. the action is good,if a bit unbelievable. but then the last third of the book. sigh.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Love all the adventure in this book. It's fast paced and will draw in any reader of any age. I also think the setting of the story is brilliant. Great descriptions. Matthew Kirby is a phenomenal author who is a master writer. I'm a fan of all his works. I would recommend this book for teenage boys and girls, and any adults that are looking for an intriguing adventurous read. Love all the adventure in this book. It's fast paced and will draw in any reader of any age. I also think the setting of the story is brilliant. Great descriptions. Matthew Kirby is a phenomenal author who is a master writer. I'm a fan of all his works. I would recommend this book for teenage boys and girls, and any adults that are looking for an intriguing adventurous read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Painter

    3.5 stars Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. The Arctic Code is the first book in a new MG sci-fi series by Matthew Kirby. I tend to like Kirby's books and the way he writes character relationships. The Arctic Code is no exception and has an exciting fast-paced plot to pull readers along on the adventure. In a not so distant future, the Earth is experiencing an unexpected Ice Age. The ice sheet has taken over, forcing most of the surviving inhabitants toward the Equator. Ene 3.5 stars Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. The Arctic Code is the first book in a new MG sci-fi series by Matthew Kirby. I tend to like Kirby's books and the way he writes character relationships. The Arctic Code is no exception and has an exciting fast-paced plot to pull readers along on the adventure. In a not so distant future, the Earth is experiencing an unexpected Ice Age. The ice sheet has taken over, forcing most of the surviving inhabitants toward the Equator. Energy is a coveted resource and the UN has given a great deal of power to a company called GET. Eleanor is a girl living in Arizona while her geologist mother works on finding a new energy source in Alaska. Eager for adventure, Eleanor is often doing things that most consider unwise. When her mom goes missing after sending Eleanor files of information with the warning to keep it all a secret, Eleanor stows away on a plane headed for Alaska to discover what has happened to her mom. Upon reaching Alaska, Eleanor discovers that mysterious sites are appearing on the ice sheet and GET is enforcing all sorts of new and menacing rules. Eleanor and her new friends, sons of another missing scientist, decide their best bet is to head into the frozen wasteland themselves to find their parents. What they end up finding, will change their view of the world and lead to a whole new set of troubles. I don't typically like futuristic doomsday type of books whether post-apocalyptic, dystopian, or earth in peril. I also typically don't like survival stories. I wouldn't have picked this up at all if it hadn't had Matthew Kirby's name on the cover. (The cover does grab the eye and make you curious on its own though.) Despite the presence of two things I tend not to enjoy, I did enjoy this book. Kirby set up his story very well, and it is mostly a fast paced, edge of your seat adventure. (There is a scene in a science class early on where there is a lot of information given in the form of a lesson, but even that is executed well as Eleanor herself is bored. Well played.) Eleanor's every step is shadowed by fear. She knows GET is not entirely honest, and she doesn't want them to get a hold of the files her mom sent to her. And her meeting with the CEO and his minions later on only makes her more determined. There is also a fear of death, because survival in the harsh climate is no small matter. In Alaska the air is so cold breathing it in might kill you. Then the story morphs from being a perilous futuristic adventure to a sci-fi thriller with some fascinating twists. Not all of the elements of the plot are handled as completely as I want. Eleanor has an ability that isn't entirely explained. I'm sure it will be in future volumes, but for this as a stand alone it made her seem like a little too special in comparison with everyone who couldn't do this thing. Eleanor is an excellent heroine despite this unexplained specialness though. And not simply because she is special. She is reckless, impatient, and rebellious. She is also brave, loyal, and incredibly smart. I do like that the reader gets to thoroughly know her as Eleanor before the reveals in the end. The opening scene has her creating snow using a fan and water at her school construction site while planning to sled down a dangerous incline from a partly finished building. She ends up getting arrested with two of her friends. Fortunately for the 12 year olds, no charges are pressed. But it is a perfect way to show everything Eleanor is to prepare for her actions as she recklessly hops a plane with a stranger to Alaska. That stranger is a pilot named Luke who wants no part in being responsible for a 12 year old girl, but given no choice he embraces his duty admirably. Luke is a good guy, but also a complicated one. I found myself really wanting more of him and hope that will happen as the series progresses. The other characters aren't developed quite as well, but Finn and Julian, the boys who set out with Eleanor into the frozen wild, have distinct personalities and interactions with her. One aspect of the novel I particularly enjoyed was the fraught relationship between Eleanor and her mom. There is a lot of love there but also a lot of hurt and misunderstanding. This is the sort of relational writing Kirby excels at. I'm eager to see where the next volume in this series takes the stories and characters. I know this will be an easy sell to kids. Kirby's books usually are. I read an ARC received from the publisher, Balzer & Bray, at ALA Midwinter. The Arctic Code is on sale April 28th.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bill Tillman

    Eleanor Perry lives in a world experiencing a new ice age. Elle has lost contact with her mother after receiving a bewildering message from northern Alaska. You never know what this determined 12 year-old will do next. This is a real fun adventure aimed at mid-graders, but I confess I enjoyed it enough to read book 2 in this series as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    So this is one of those times that I REALLY wish Goodreads had an option to add half-stars. I liked the book enough to give it more stars, but it wasn’t quite a four star level. The Good: I really enjoy reading Middle Grade adventures that feature strong heroines, and Eleanor Perry is pretty spunky! She seems to have no fear (which is a good thing when you need to find a way to the Artic to rescue your mom), and I generally found her to be interesting and likeable. I thought the premise of the b So this is one of those times that I REALLY wish Goodreads had an option to add half-stars. I liked the book enough to give it more stars, but it wasn’t quite a four star level. The Good: I really enjoy reading Middle Grade adventures that feature strong heroines, and Eleanor Perry is pretty spunky! She seems to have no fear (which is a good thing when you need to find a way to the Artic to rescue your mom), and I generally found her to be interesting and likeable. I thought the premise of the book (unexpected Ice Age) was intriguing, even though I spent the first few chapters wondering if this was written as some kind of response to the ongoing climate change discussion. I also really liked that her mother was a scientist—climatologist to be precise (Shout out to women scientists! Yeah!). The Not-As-Good: While Eleanor has some great qualities, I would have really liked to see her showcase her talents a little more. In the beginning of the book the author shows her inventing a snow machine, and it would have been nice to see her proactively use inventions and problem solving skills to address the many challenges she faces. Another reviewer had mentioned that many of the characters seemed flat and lacking personality, and I have to agree. I didn’t dislike them, I just wanted to know more about where they come from and what their motivations are. Of course I realize this is a series, and I’m sure there will be much more information to come. The verdict: Overall I enjoyed The Artic Code and I am interested to see where this series is headed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gisbelle

    My thanks to Balzer + Bray ------------------------------------------------------------------ Point of View: Single (Eleanor) Writing: Third Person | Past Tense Setting: Phoenix/Alaska Genre: Middle Grade | Science Fiction ------------------------------------------------------------------ It's tough for me to decide how to rate this book because I kind of liked it, but only some parts of it. I did enjoy reading this book at first. The first 60% of it was full of action, suspense, and everything els My thanks to Balzer + Bray ------------------------------------------------------------------ Point of View: Single (Eleanor) Writing: Third Person | Past Tense Setting: Phoenix/Alaska Genre: Middle Grade | Science Fiction ------------------------------------------------------------------ It's tough for me to decide how to rate this book because I kind of liked it, but only some parts of it. I did enjoy reading this book at first. The first 60% of it was full of action, suspense, and everything else was just entertaining. The last 30 something percent, however, made me reconsider everything. It was just boring and confusing. The discovery they made wasn't actually explained in a way that made me want to know more. Like I said, it was confusing. At least to me. Eleanor was a nice character, though. I liked that she was brave and decisive. A little reckless if you ask me; still she was a nice kid. I'd love to know more about other characters such as the mom, the uncle and Luke... All in all, it was somehow a nice middle grade sci-fi. I would have loved it way better if the book had not been getting boring after about 2/3 of it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    My 11-year-old read this first and couldn't stop talking about it, so I decided I'd better read it, too. I thought the concept was interesting (What WOULD we do if the earth suddenly started drifting from the sun?), and the characters were fun. The descriptions of the cold had me reaching for blankets mid-summer, and conspiracy theorists had my spidey-senses tingling. There were a couple of plot points that felt a touch convenient, which is why I only gave it 4 stars, but overall, it was a fun r My 11-year-old read this first and couldn't stop talking about it, so I decided I'd better read it, too. I thought the concept was interesting (What WOULD we do if the earth suddenly started drifting from the sun?), and the characters were fun. The descriptions of the cold had me reaching for blankets mid-summer, and conspiracy theorists had my spidey-senses tingling. There were a couple of plot points that felt a touch convenient, which is why I only gave it 4 stars, but overall, it was a fun read, and I'm looking forward to book 2.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I loved this book. Adult books can get a bit boring, so I like to take a break and find something fun to read. I love the strong female lead character in this book. I think the rest of the series will be very interesting. Def recommend for young readers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Buxton

    My name is Luke, and I had no idea why a twelve-year-old girl would want to stowaway in my plane headed for Barrow, Alaska. The temperatures drop to 200 degrees below zero, and your lungs can freeze while trying to breathe. Once we arrived, I found out Eleanor's mother works for G.E.T. and went missing while searching for sources of energy. I don't trust the company, and I'm surprised to find the owner up here in this land of ice. He was the one who predicted the arrival of this Ice Age, but his My name is Luke, and I had no idea why a twelve-year-old girl would want to stowaway in my plane headed for Barrow, Alaska. The temperatures drop to 200 degrees below zero, and your lungs can freeze while trying to breathe. Once we arrived, I found out Eleanor's mother works for G.E.T. and went missing while searching for sources of energy. I don't trust the company, and I'm surprised to find the owner up here in this land of ice. He was the one who predicted the arrival of this Ice Age, but his company's all about making money. I'm not sure how seriously they're searching for Eleanor's mother, and Dr. Skinner has been pressuring the girl to turn over her Sync. It's the only connection she has to her mother, and I know she's lying to Skinner about it. I suspect she's keeping more secrets, and she's reckless enough to try something crazy. I've already saved her life once, but I may not be there next time. You immediately know this science fiction book will be different due to subzero temperatures in Arizona and the Ice Cap now covering most of the country. Eleanor gets secret information from her mother, and that becomes the basis for the whole plot. You're never totally sure what it's all about, but you know it could affect the whole world. The author's inclusion of missing cultures makes the plot interesting. There are characters from the distant past and technology that far exceeds what we should have on Earth. In addition, Eleanor's father is unknown; her mother always blames her questionable behavior on the Donor. Books with adopted kids or mysterious parents always leave open the possibility of unexpected surprises. Although Eleanor's parentage is never revealed, it's clear that her father's heredity is having a huge impact on the events. Eleanor mostly acted alone in this book, with some help along the way, but I'm going to assume there will be more of a team effort in the sequel. I'm curious to find out what happens next, so I've already checked out the next two books in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Schwartz

    Having seen movies that depict end of the world scenarios, this book remind me of some of those. Unlike the movies however, this book does a good job showing just how vulnerable we would become if such an event were to occur. Set in the near future, the earth has entered a new ice age. Humans and other animals were forced to move to the equator where things are at least close to mild. Eleanor, the daughter of a climatologist who works for a company called G.E.T lives in Phoenix Arizona. One of t Having seen movies that depict end of the world scenarios, this book remind me of some of those. Unlike the movies however, this book does a good job showing just how vulnerable we would become if such an event were to occur. Set in the near future, the earth has entered a new ice age. Humans and other animals were forced to move to the equator where things are at least close to mild. Eleanor, the daughter of a climatologist who works for a company called G.E.T lives in Phoenix Arizona. One of the last places in the U.S. that is not covered in a consist moving glacier. One day while her mother is up in the arctic, Eleanor receives a cryptic message from her before she disappears. Knowing something is wrong, Eleanor begins her adventure to find her mother. In the process to find her Eleanor begins to discover what triggered the new ice age, as well as the hope to stop it. Eleanor as a character is adventures, brave, and calm minded. While she doesn’t always know how to solve problems, she isn’t afraid to take them head on or ask for help. Feeling different from everyone else, Eleanor tries to impress others by being herself, something most of us have a hard time doing. As for the environments, the author does a good job describing a post apocalyptic world. While we of course don’t get to see it all in this book, the subtle hints are scattered about. The story itself had a Seven Wonders series vibe coming from it, though shorter and slightly less action based. The author overall does a good job beginning to shape a world that is more believable then most apoplectic movies from over the years. While some may see this story as a slow start, I have a feeling that the next book will bring Eleanor on a thrill ride worth checking out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie - Books Less Travelled

    Another library pick I stumbled on. This one caught my eye at the library, and though I had never heard of it, the cover and the title grabbed my attention. I later found out it's sci-fi, (view spoiler)[and has to do with aliens! (hide spoiler)] something I'm not often the biggest fan of, but this one pulled it off! When a book leave me reaching for the next in a series right away, I know it was a good pick! The story was interesting and well written, the characters fun and entertaining. I loved Another library pick I stumbled on. This one caught my eye at the library, and though I had never heard of it, the cover and the title grabbed my attention. I later found out it's sci-fi, (view spoiler)[and has to do with aliens! (hide spoiler)] something I'm not often the biggest fan of, but this one pulled it off! When a book leave me reaching for the next in a series right away, I know it was a good pick! The story was interesting and well written, the characters fun and entertaining. I loved Luke most of all, but also enjoyed uncle Jack, Elanor and Finn. As soon as things started happening, it was a snowball affect to the end, and as the first book, it seems things are just getting started! I'm excited to see what happens next, and can't wait to follow them on their next journey. (Sadly my library doesn't have the next two books, so it will be a little while before I can find out) A few things I didn't like was that this book did have some cussing, which wasn't bad, and only happened a few times. I also used Lord and God as curses, and mentioned suicide casually a few times, but overall those are all minor things, and for the most part I really enjoyed reading this!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I'm hesitant to give this only three stars, since it really is great to find some good science fiction levelled for children, and also since my daughter may never forgive me (she's a big Matthew Kirby fan--"The Clockwork Three" is possibly her very favorite book). But there were parts where I felt the action moved too slowly and others where things jumped quickly enough it was hard to keep up, so the pacing made it hard for me to get into sometimes. And there was something...unsatisfactory about I'm hesitant to give this only three stars, since it really is great to find some good science fiction levelled for children, and also since my daughter may never forgive me (she's a big Matthew Kirby fan--"The Clockwork Three" is possibly her very favorite book). But there were parts where I felt the action moved too slowly and others where things jumped quickly enough it was hard to keep up, so the pacing made it hard for me to get into sometimes. And there was something...unsatisfactory about the ending. I'm having a hard time pinning down what exactly, but it just didn't quite live up to its potential. It did pique my interest enough to encourage me to go pick up the next installment, though, so I have hopes that whatever unresolvéd-ness kept this one from four stars for me will be a non-issue in book 2.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anja

    This book was quite a solid, unique juvenile dystopian book. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much of it just because it's juvenile fiction and that demographic is ages 8-13, and I'm not in that age group. The plot of this book was intriguing, and I was in it for the relationship between Eleanor and her mom. I liked the friendships that formed between Eleanor and Finn, and Eleanor and Luke. Eleanor is such a determined young woman, and I really like her as a character. I can't wait to see her gr This book was quite a solid, unique juvenile dystopian book. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much of it just because it's juvenile fiction and that demographic is ages 8-13, and I'm not in that age group. The plot of this book was intriguing, and I was in it for the relationship between Eleanor and her mom. I liked the friendships that formed between Eleanor and Finn, and Eleanor and Luke. Eleanor is such a determined young woman, and I really like her as a character. I can't wait to see her grow in the sequels. The setting and the plot were also quite lovely, and they supported Eleanor's character quite well. It made me think about what would happen if the Freeze was actually real. I would recommend this book to juvenile fiction readers and to anyone who is as determined as Eleanor.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kellam Venosky

    When I first started reading this book, I became interested in learning more about Eleanor. She added a unique perspective, it could have been her determination and her free spirit, but she is admirable. Who says kids/teenagers can't be selfless and thoughtful? I'll be honest, there were times when I wanted to close the book and be done with it, and there were other times when I couldn't put this book down. It's a GREAT read and I cannot wait to read what happens next in the Dark Gravity Sequenc When I first started reading this book, I became interested in learning more about Eleanor. She added a unique perspective, it could have been her determination and her free spirit, but she is admirable. Who says kids/teenagers can't be selfless and thoughtful? I'll be honest, there were times when I wanted to close the book and be done with it, and there were other times when I couldn't put this book down. It's a GREAT read and I cannot wait to read what happens next in the Dark Gravity Sequence.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Elenora does crazy stuff, like go after her mom when she ends up lost in the Arctic. Set in a future with a new ice age progressing, Elle will get help from pilot Luke and the Powers brothers to try to find her mom and their dad. There is something sinister going on with the Global Energy company GET. Interested to see where the sequel goes. Written for younger users (fight with some shot, trampling, averted kidnapping/theft, couple of h--- and maybe a G-, or da--)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anya Zhang

    I just finished The Arctic Code by Matthew J Kirby, who is also the author of The Clockwork Three, which I'm planning to read soon. I finished the book pretty quick, and it was mostly due to how exciting and suspenseful the plot was. Do not try to read this book while trying to go to sleep, because it will keep you up into the wee hours of the morning while you're trying to figure out what happens. I think I would've liked the story better if the story had more structure and more explaining of t I just finished The Arctic Code by Matthew J Kirby, who is also the author of The Clockwork Three, which I'm planning to read soon. I finished the book pretty quick, and it was mostly due to how exciting and suspenseful the plot was. Do not try to read this book while trying to go to sleep, because it will keep you up into the wee hours of the morning while you're trying to figure out what happens. I think I would've liked the story better if the story had more structure and more explaining of this world.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Candy Glade

    No Snowcones Melting in Phoenix Think of Phoenix being covered in ice and a plucky 12 year old girl making her own sledding hill with a fan and a hose. That incident introduced the character who goes on to make a dramatic rescue from an underground ice sheet in Alaska. The characters were well developed. Kirby's writing style really moves a story along. This book also included a fun bit of sci-fi and a noble woolly mammoth! Great fun!! No Snowcones Melting in Phoenix Think of Phoenix being covered in ice and a plucky 12 year old girl making her own sledding hill with a fan and a hose. That incident introduced the character who goes on to make a dramatic rescue from an underground ice sheet in Alaska. The characters were well developed. Kirby's writing style really moves a story along. This book also included a fun bit of sci-fi and a noble woolly mammoth! Great fun!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Riliddell

    I have been trying to remember the name of this book for month and just got the second one by fluke from the library! I LOVED this book!! It was such an interesting take on life from other planets and how our basic laws of physics can affect So much of the world around us. I recommend this to EVERYONE!! I am so excited to read the second and third.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karsyn

    Quite and enjoyable book with a great story and good characters. Loved the state the world was in, the setting for most of the book, the characters and so on. Would recommend for any YA fans looking for a fun adventure that's not wrapped up in romance. Only wouldn't recommend to those weirdos who don't like books if they aren't "real". Which ugh, but that's another matter. Great book! Quite and enjoyable book with a great story and good characters. Loved the state the world was in, the setting for most of the book, the characters and so on. Would recommend for any YA fans looking for a fun adventure that's not wrapped up in romance. Only wouldn't recommend to those weirdos who don't like books if they aren't "real". Which ugh, but that's another matter. Great book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    I really enjoyed this book. Really cool characters, and cool setting, great read. Not going to spoil the ending but the ending is definitely weirder than the beginning. You'll see what I mean if you read it! I really enjoyed this book. Really cool characters, and cool setting, great read. Not going to spoil the ending but the ending is definitely weirder than the beginning. You'll see what I mean if you read it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Beth Ryshavy

    The only reason I read this was because it was a Young Hoosier Book Award. It's not my typical genre. I liked the first half of the book; then all of a sudden, extreme science fiction stuff occurs. Just different follow the flow. The only reason I read this was because it was a Young Hoosier Book Award. It's not my typical genre. I liked the first half of the book; then all of a sudden, extreme science fiction stuff occurs. Just different follow the flow.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela Massengale

    What a great book! The character development overall could be better (the only character fully developed is the heroine), but I read this book in about three hours. Couldn't put it down, looking forward to the reading the rest of the trilogy! What a great book! The character development overall could be better (the only character fully developed is the heroine), but I read this book in about three hours. Couldn't put it down, looking forward to the reading the rest of the trilogy!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    I really enjoyed this one- I just wish the science had been a little bit clearer in parts. I hope in the next book things get explained a little better, but so far this book is a great start to a sci if series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Marked as children's literature, but too mature and intense for lower grade levels. Although the main character is 12, this is YA material. Interesting premise, but I have no clue about the scientific accuracy. I enjoyed it. Marked as children's literature, but too mature and intense for lower grade levels. Although the main character is 12, this is YA material. Interesting premise, but I have no clue about the scientific accuracy. I enjoyed it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Thacker

    This was a great book. The arctic code has a very interesting plot and endearing sidekicks. I am definitely going to read the the second book. Maybe I'll learn how to survive in a rain forest in that one. This was a great book. The arctic code has a very interesting plot and endearing sidekicks. I am definitely going to read the the second book. Maybe I'll learn how to survive in a rain forest in that one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mindi

    Very..."sciency". I love how the kids prove the adults wrong, but I don't really like how the main character starts out with superpowers and uses them to "magically save the day". [not meaning to say they aren't cool] Very..."sciency". I love how the kids prove the adults wrong, but I don't really like how the main character starts out with superpowers and uses them to "magically save the day". [not meaning to say they aren't cool]

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janice Robertson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked that Eleanor was gutsy enough to go looking for her mom. Also like the idea of a silence conspiracy. Lots more to like too.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    Fun adventure story for middle grade readers.

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