As a geeky, bookish programmer, this book was basically written for me. I love that the author created an exciting mystery with secret societies, codebreaking, mysterious disappearances, hidden vaults, and adventure, all of which revolve around books. I loved the geeky pop culture references, all clearly explained so the less geeky reader won’t feel left out. I loved that the author didn’t shy away from sharing some real details of programming and parallel computing, also well explained. As a reader and a programmer, the author’s comparison of different programming languages to different writing styles made me incredibly happy. There are also delightful descriptions of books and bookstores and book obsessed people. There are even book emergencies, which also made me happy because they showed that the characters’ valued books very highly.
The amount of romance in this book really worked for me too. It was an adorable romance, with two character’s who respected each other’s intelligence and liked each other’s quirks. It didn’t take over the plot though and developed in a very believable way. I was a tad disappointed by the ending of the book, which seemed anticlimactic to me, but otherwise this blew me away. The narration was perfect for the book. The author did a great job with men’s and women’s voices and with a variety of accents. Best of all though, his normal voice suited the main character exactly. I highly recommend the book to anyone who likes both books and computers and highly recommend the audiobook to anyone planning on picking this up.