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Brian Falkner was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of several novels for children and young people, including The Flea Thing, which was shortlisted for the LIANZA Esther Glen Award in 2004, The Real Thing and The Super Freak, which was shortlisted for 2006 NZ Post Awards.


The Tomorrow Code is clever sci-fi for 12- to 16-yearolds. It is fast-paced and exciting, similar in parts to Matthew Reilly's writing. The prologue is set in Alaska when a Bioterrorism Response Force raids a science unit, but the scientists have disappeared, leaving only clothing. Teens Rebecca, Tane and older brother, Fatboy, seem to receive a message from the future which they download and decode from the NASA satellite. This is almost credible in the context of (what seem to be) scientific descriptions of a gamma ray burst and quantum foam. They interpret an apparent SOS from themselves in the future and the Superbowl (lottery) numbers, which enable them to buy a mini submarine. The author develops the plot incisively; they meet a scientist studying rhinoviruses on an island and are caught up in the sinister mist that is enveloping New Zealand. The writing is fluid, incorporating codes and patterns, and lateral puzzles solved by creative Tane. Rebecca, another interesting character, easily solves the exacting science conundrums. Ideal for individuals and the school market, this novel surprises with a denoument that emulates the mobius strip motif played with by the author throughout. Joy Lawn is the children's literature consultant at Coaldrake's Bookshop in Brisbane

Gr 7 Up-"The end of the world started quietly enough for Tane Williams and Rebecca Richards." This intriguing first sentence immediately draws readers into the novel. When two New Zealand teens decode a cryptic message consisting of seemingly random patterns of 0s and 1s, they are alarmed to discover that the message appears to have been sent from the future by themselves via gamma rays and warns of a disaster that could affect the entire planet. Though this is a fine premise for a speculative fiction novel, the book suffers a bit from uneven writing and sketchy science. Still, the action scenes are dramatic, the message decoding is intriguing, and the underlying pro-ecology message of respect for the Earth (or else) is timely and will be enough to keep some readers interested. However, David Klass's Firestorm (Farrar, 2006) and M. T. Anderson's Feed (Candlewick, 2002) are stronger choices.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

A tautly constructed plot. . . This technothriller offers gearhead ecowarriors everything, including a hugely satisfying ending. * Kirkus reviews *
Falkner crafts a solid thriller with an ending that will leave readers waiting with fingers crossed. * Booklist *

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