Cipher by Aileen Erin
“Don’t. It feels like your sucking everything out of me when you touch me. It’s unnerving.”
Author: Aileen Erin
In the not-too-distant future, the color of your helix tattoo shows exactly how your DNA was modified—green for super-smart scientists, black for pumped-up warriors, white for the immortal Seligo—but Cipher’s red helix is a death sentence. It’s a sign of unstable DNA, which is probably the reason she can manipulate electricity.
When she was eight years old, Cipher made the mistake of showing her uncle the tattoo. In return, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her.
She’s been on the run ever since, and twelve long years later, Cipher is tired of hiding. Survival isn’t enough anymore. She wants her life back.
Hacking into the Citadel mainframe is a huge risk, but it pays off when she finds a database on red helixes. Before she can copy it, she loses control of her power, charring her last processor, and the only person in the Arizona Voids that can get her back online is her oldest friend, Knightly. She hasn’t seen him in person since she started running, and Knightly 2.0 is fully upgraded with a six-pack and knee-melting smile.
For a girl like Cipher, trust doesn’t come easily, but Knightly makes her yearn for a life she knows she can’t have, especially when every secret she reveals endangers them both.
Thoughts: Cipher was definitely an interesting read….the idea of helix tattoos representing your DNA was an interesting one, and the author captured my attention from the very beginning with not only the amazing cast of characters but with the intriguing storyline. Cipher was an amazing character and I loved the past history she shared with Knight, and the lengths he went to over the years to find her. I was impressed with the author, the series, and after reading Cipher I immediately made plans to read the next book, Quanta (though it is by separate author Lola Dodge).
Having already formed my own opinion, I was curious as to other people’s thoughts on the book and I wanted to address some of their opinions – some of them felt that the romance of it overshadowed the sci-fi portion of it. I got my copy on Netgalley, and it was clearly listed as Romance/Sci-Fi-Fantasy so I was clear on the fact that romance was a significant feature in the book – but I felt that the sci-fi elements featured heavily enough to keep me satisfied. Just be clear that romance does play heavily into it – it is not strictly a sci-fi/fantasy book. Additionally, there were a few comments as to Cipher strength of character and to how it seemed to wan the more the love interest began to play more heavily a role in the book – people are entitled to their own perspective, but if you read the book and are honest there are other additional more scientific factors that also play a role in why Cipher becomes a little weaker in the end…but come one, she’s still strong enough to kick some a@$!…so let’s not be so harsh on the love! I like a little romance with my sci-fi. So, I guess it is all in what you’re looking for. I, too, would love to see some more Cipher and Knight in future books as I think they have a little more story to tell, but I guess we will see. In the meantime, I look forward to more from this author that I’m glad to have stumbled upon …:)