The Oracle Code

The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp
Marieke Nijkamp
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Sep 8, 2021

After teenage hacker extraordinaire Barbara Gordon is paralyzed by a gunshot wound, her father sends her to the Arkham Center for Independence, or ACI. There, she will undergo rehabilitation, as well as adapt to her new lifestyle. However, something’s just not right about the ACI. Strange sounds can be heard at night, and patients start to go missing one by one. After her new friend disappears, Barbara vows to solve the puzzle of her new home — before it’s too late.

Although I usually don’t gravitate towards graphic novels, I liked this one. I really enjoyed the art style, and it also approached and discussed harder topics such as disability in a really accessible way, which is a difficult thing to do. However, the story itself was a bit too simplistic for me, the villains had absolutely no depth at all and were utterly forgettable, and the plot twists were just way too predictable — I just wouldn’t classify this book as something special. Overall, I think this book would be better suited for younger readers, and they would probably enjoy it much more than I did.

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Lisa J.

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