The Shadow Cipher

The Shadow Cipher

Title:The Shadow Cipher
Edition Language:English
ISBN:null
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:496 pages

It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.


    The Shadow Cipher Reviews

  • Betsy

    A wise bookseller friend of mine once said (and I’m paraphrasing here because she bloody tweets too often to locate the precise words), “If you work in a bookstore you are only allowed to invoke T...

  • Ashley Nuckles

    This was so so so so so good! The pacing overall was pretty slow, but the story was so interesting that I didn't have any problems with it! Middle grade meets National Treasure: ITS ALL I'VE EVER WANT...

  • Suzanne

    This book was a pretty fun adventure. I loved that Laura Ruby put in a lot of little facts about New York with a combination of fantasy and made up stuff also. It made for a good read with three very ...

  • Amy Bruestle

    I had never even heard of this book before, but I won the sequel through a giveaway and wanted to read this one first to better understand the one that I won. And I am glad that I did!⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ...

  • rachel ?

    The Shadow Cipher was just… meh. I went into this expecting the National Treasure-like puzzle hunt the synopsis promised - which is one of my all-time favourite tropes, just FYI - but I was complete...

  • Jessica

    I'm not the sort of person who refers to books at "tales" or calls myself (or other authors) a "storyteller." I'm a writer. You're a writer. We're writers. Authors or writers.Except for Laura Ruby. No...

  • Alaina

    First half of this book was eh. Second half was a step up from eh. The Shadow Cipher is one of those books that has an awesome cover. That's it. The story was interesting but it ended up being a disap...

  • Jennifer

    I desperately wanted to be in love with this book. Instead I was just in like with it. (EXCEPT FOR CRICKET. Cricket rocks. I'd read a whole book about the adventures of Cricket and her raccoon-cat. NO...

  • Maggie

    I want to read the book because of this cover... so beautiful <3May regret (I hope not) my decision later :/...

  • Jen

    Wow. Absolutely, awestruck WOW. Middle grade, contemporary, but not our timeline, not steam-punk, but other science, verging on the magical. Characters were awesome and real, with foibles and strength...