Book Review | Kill Code by Clive Fleury


Kill Code by Clive Fleury

Sci-Fi, Dystopian

TCK Publishing | December 5, 20

4/5 Stars




It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.
Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive.
But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society. All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams.
But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC is hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets.
In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?



Hogan Duran has been living in poverty for several years now after resigning as a cop after his partner was shot. Hogan has signed up to be a National Security Officer serval times and he finally gets his chance. Along with about one hundred other candidates, he must pass several brutal tests before he has a chance at taking the one available spot. During these tests, Hogan discovers some strange things about the NSC. There are several plot twists and right when you think you’ve figured it out, you’re wrong. Is the NSC hiding something? Maybe, you’ll have to read it and find out for yourself.

I really liked Hogan’s character because you could tell he was a loyal and trusting guy. He’s strong but humble and although he knew there could only be one officer out of 100 people, he kept an eye out for another candidate named Ruby. 

Ruby’s character was pretty awesome as well. Also humble and strong, Ruby fought just as hard as everyone else to get to the top. Like Hogan, she knew there could only be one officer but had no hard feelings toward Hogan throughout training although it was clearly stated the day they got to the NSC facility that it was best none of the candidates become friends.

I absolutely loathed Jake’s character. He only cared about himself and would do anything as long as it benefited him. While I understand his character is a necessity, I still didn’t like him.

As far as dystopian novels go, this has to be one of the best ones I’ve read. It wasn’t super ‘techy’ and confusing like some sci-fi/dystopian novels can get. I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the way this book was written. I especially liked how all the information about this new, downtrodden world was given throughout the book and not all at once in the beginning. I think the author did a wonderful job explaining things that obviously don’t exist (yet) without having to break down everything about it and you could still imagine it in your mind. I think this was a wonderfully written book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in sci-fi/dystopian novels because you will definitely be adding it to your favorites. 

Thank you, Clive Fleury, for the opportunity to read and review your book.

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