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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Die by the Code is the second book in The Daedalus Cycle trilogy, a dystopian thriller series written by Christoph Brueck. After the events of The Revolution Will Be Tokenized, Cypher -- a resourceful young woman who possesses advanced software called Daedalus that allows her to control powerful AI systems -- flees from Ghana alongside her loyal friend Tifi Tagoe. They arrive in a futuristic Hong Kong, where they get acquainted with a woman known as the Chainbreaker, and her mysterious boss, Amber Eyes. But trouble follows Cypher as cybersecurity expert Damien Black and his clients from a powerful organization track her every move, leaving her to play a game of cat and mouse with some dangerous factions. While she hatches her plans for a rebellion using Daedalus, the hunters get closer than ever.
Die by the Code is yet another enthralling installment in The Daedalus Cycle series. The plot moves quickly in unexpected ways, keeping you hooked throughout the pages. Author Christoph Brueck keeps the plotting intricate while developing his characters further. The dialogue is crisp and snappy, and the action sequences happen in quick bursts that are vividly described. Cypher's charismatic leadership, Tifi's devotion to her, and Chainbreaker's skepticism make for an intriguing dynamic, and I found myself thoroughly invested in the scenes involving them together. I also enjoyed the conflict within Damien's mind, and his POV scenes were some of my personal favorites from the book. Die by the Code sets the stage for a thrilling end to The Daedalus Cycle trilogy. If you love dystopian thrillers, this is the book for you.