PopSugar Reading Challenge: A Book with a Blue Cover

​Aaaand another from the To Read Pile. Done and dusted.   I heard about Codex late last year when it was recommended to me on the Reddit Books subthread as one I would enjoy if I loved Ready Player One.  I adore RPO as well as The Magician’s Trilogy, so I was excited to jump into it.

codex lev grossman

Synopsis (from GoodReads)

About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hotshot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm’s most important and mysterious clients. His task is to search their library stacks for a precious medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons. Enlisting the help of passionate medievalist Margaret Napier, Edward is determined to solve the mystery of the codex-to understand its significance to his wealthy clients, and to decipher the seeming parallels between the legend of the codex and an obsessive role-playing computer game that has absorbed him in the dark hours of the night.

What I Loved

Lev Grossman excels at large scale immersive world building. His descriptions are always amazing, and he excelled himself in describing MOMUS –  were you really could close your eyes and imagine being in such an impressive game. I also loved the character of Margaret – a little geeky sometimes, a lot socially awkward.  She felt better drawn than Edward most of the time.

What I Didn’t Love

I really disliked the Edward’s obsession with the Duchess. It didn’t feel like there was enough interaction for him to get that obsessed with her.   I got the general reason why there was a split focus between MOMUS and the search for the codex, but the parts without MOMUS fell kind of flat for me. It was marketed as a thriller, but I didn’t really the search all that thrilling.  I also felt the conclusion was a little rushed. Codex sort of meandered on slowly for most of the novel then went into hyperspeed for the last 60 pages or so, like there was some kind of page limit set.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
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