Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Shadow Cipher

The Shadow Cipher
(York #1)
by Laura Ruby
Walden Pond Press, 2017. Fiction. 476 p.
Tess and Theo Biedermann, and their neighbor, Jamie Cruz, live in one of the historic Morningstarr buildings in an alternate New York City.  The Morninstarrs were a family of brilliant architects and engineers who created smart robots and interactive buildings that permeate the York society.  They also created the Cipher, a puzzle that was supposed to lead to an amazing treasure, but during the 50+ years since it was created no one has been able to solve it.  When an upstart developer threatens to pull down Tess and Theo's apartment building, the twins team up with Jamie in one last effort to solve the cipher and use the treasure to save their home.  As they pursue what seems to be a new line of clues, they discover that the world around them is more mysterious and dangerous than they could have imagined.

This book is getting a lot of attention.  It is a fast paced, fresh, steampunk mystery that will appeal to both boys and girls. Ruby has created a host of quirky and interesting characters, and the book ends on such a tantalizing note that readers will be dying for the next one in the series to come out.  (476 p.)

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