Code Red: Faith Flores Science Mystery Series Book #2 by Janie Chodosh
Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: February 7th 2017 by Poisoned Pen Press
SYNOPSIS: After nailing the murderer of her addict mom and proving that her detractors are full of it, seventeen-year-old Faith Flores is back for another kick-ass science mystery. She’s proud to be chosen for a summer internship at a research lab in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but once she arrives, complications abound. For one thing, Santa Fe is the birthplace of the father she’s never met, and for another, she clashes with a local environmentalist trying to pull the plug on the genetically modified chiles her new boss is engineering. She and violin prodigy, Clem, learn of a new teen drug called liquid gold while discreetly researching the family angle. The chip on Faith’s shoulder is still there, but so is her determination to uncover the truth when a girl she meets at a party dies from an overdose of liquid gold.
About the Author: I have been listening to teens and young-adults for most of my adult life. As a middle school and high school teacher, I am immersed in the voices of young people. Daily, I listen to their irony and wit, their drama and humor. It is these voices that fuel my desire to write for young adults. Besides being a writer and a teacher, I am a mom, an avid outdoors person, reader, observer of life, and a scientist wannabe. However, since I realized I only liked to muck around in the field in cool places and would never actually be a scientist, I married one. When not writing, I like to hang out with my family, rock climb, try to grow a garden in the arid southwest, bird watch, travel, and attempt to play Klezmer music on my violin.
Code Red tells the story of a seventeen year old girl from North Philly who’s invited to spend a summer internship at the prestigious Salazar Center for Plant Genomics in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Faith Flores recently had to face the fact that her mother is dead of an overdose and her father’s long absent means he will never be one to depend on. She finds her successes and respite in science and technology. This is where she excels. Once in Santa Fe, where her father is from, she learns she has a grandmother and two half-sisters. While interning over the summer she must learn to balance her work with a budding relationship with a cute violinist. This book is full of mystery and intrigue that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I found this book a really great read. **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**