April 4, 2013

ARC Review: Code White by: Scott Britz-Cunningham

Code White by: Scott Britz-Cunningham (April 9, 2013)
Publisher: Forge Books
368 pages
Genre: Thriller

Goodreads summary: Ali O’Day, a dedicated young neurosurgeon, might have a Nobel Prize in her future—if she can survive the next eleven hours.

Under the glare of live television cameras—and with her lover, Dr. Richard Helvelius, and her estranged husband, Kevin, both looking on—Ali is about to implant a revolutionary mini-computer into the brain of a blind boy. If it works, he will see again. But someone wants to stop her triumph. No sooner has she begun to operate than the hospital pagers crackle with the chilling announcement, “CODE WHITE.” A bomb has been found in the medical center.

But this is no ordinary bomb—and no ordinary bomber. As minutes tick off toward the deadline, Ali suspects that a vast, inhuman intellect lies behind the plot—and that she herself may be the true ransom demand.

My Review

I was really excited to get my hands on Code White. I even featured it in a Waiting on Wednesday post, but sadly I was slightly disappointed. I was expecting a non-stop page turner with some romance thrown in. What I got was a semi-page turner with semi-unlikable characters. Instead of being a must read, it was just pretty good. Even though it was a little too weird of a book for me and wasn't quite what I was hoping for, I still did enjoy reading this book.

There are three main POVs in Code White. There is Ali O'Day, a doctor who is hoping to give sight to a blind child by a new age computer device. She is a mess. She is too complex, to the point of being annoying. She has a lot of baggage, too much for my taste. I had a hard time connecting with her. She wasn't intolerable, she just wasn't a favorite character of mine. Another point of view was from Kevin, Ali's estranged husband. He was also beyond relatable and had pretty much no redeeming qualities. The other Point of View was from Harry Lewton, the man in charge of the security at the hospital, he was my favorite character in the book. He seemed the most real and I just flat out loved him. He had the perfect amount of charm and awesomeness. He took charge when the hospital went under code white, a bomb threat, and had a good head on his shoulders. Harry Lewton stole the show. I was rooting for him the whole time. He alone is worth reading the book. It was interesting to see the step-by-step process of the hospital's response to the bomb threat.

The overall plot line was pretty darn good. I didn't like how obvious it was to the reader on who planted the bomb in the hospital, but I did enjoy pretty much everything else. I loved the scenes with Harry and his search for the bomb. It was intense and thrilling. I also loved Ali and Jamie, the blind boy's, relationship. There was a good balance of focusing on the bomb and focusing on the medical marvel of getting a blind child to see again. On the other hand, I wasn't big on the medical and science terminology. It was confusing at times and hard to follow. I love watching doctor shows and it doesn't matter that I don't always know the terminology, that doesn't bother me, but I think that in Code White the wording and descriptions were not always executed well.

Even with its flaws Code White was still an enjoyable read. I think people who like advanced technology, medicine, and thriller novels will enjoy this one.

*I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. It has in no way hindered my honest review.

Rating: 3/5   Buy Code White

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