1 out of 4 stars
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As a genius biochemist, Simon creates a drink that he names the “G Code.” With the high demand for the extraordinary cocktail, Simon discreetly sells it while living a life of luxury. He unwittingly attracts the attention of a local drug lord, Zino, who wants in on the action. When Simon refuses, he is wounded and winds up on Kristian's doorstep, disrupting her simple life. Meanwhile, Detective Quintanilla is determined to discover the origin of the underground cocktail. He is convinced Kristian may be the key to lead him to the elusive creator of the mystery drink. G Co2de by La'Jayzia Gulley is a story of power, greed, revenge, and jealousy. Can Simon and Kristian start over fresh or will the past come back to haunt them?
An organic cocktail that not only provides a high but also possesses healing and restorative results is certainly an intriguing premise for a book. However, truth be told, the concept of a drinkable fountain of youth is the only thing I liked about the book. Overall, the story glorifies drug use, minimizes domestic violence, and objectifies women. To top it off, the controversial colloquial term, "nigga," is distastefully tossed around.
I found it impossible to connect with any of the characters. The author assigns distinct physical traits to different characters, but their similar personalities are only variations of Kristian and Simon. The female characters are portrayed as shallow women who are willing to use their bodies as a means to an end. Their male counterparts, though abusive and unfaithful, are forgiven time and time again, after empty promises and extravagant gifts.
Also, the living arrangements are dysfunctional and unrealistic; at times, several couples plus a few friends live under the same roof. Men ordering women around and grown women engaging in knock-down-drag-out catfights are the status quo. Unfortunately, the emphasis on toxic relationships overshadows any promise of an engaging plot. Most disappointing is that the characters seem more than content to perpetuate the dysfunction rather than seeking to improve their lives. Ultimately, priority is placed on obtaining wealth and material things; people and relationships aren't valued.
The book is in dire need of a professional edit. There are grammatical errors on most pages; I counted over 200 in the first chapter. Many sentences started with a lowercase rather than a capital letter, which was distracting. Also, the book is 345 pages but only consists of 4 chapters, making them excessively lengthy. I should also note that although the book is classified as suspense, there is a disproportionate amount of crude and sexually explicit content. Due to all of the above reasons, I rate the book 1 out of 4 stars. I can't honestly recommend it to anyone in its current state.
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