Synopsis: ‘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--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.’
What a great setting for a puzzling story. I want to live in this alternate New York City. I especially want to live in the Morningstar apartment building with a lift that takes you on a journey whenever you venture inside. This lift not only goes up and down but sideways through the building.
While the setting is fascinating, the puzzles and ciphers even more so. Ms Ruby has a fantastic imagination which she has let loose in this novel. I would imagine if I lived in New York, I would be tempted to to look for mystery wherever I wandered. I would most likely discover mysteries where there were none though.
The book is rather large/ long but worth every page. It has many twists and turns and is a delightful read and quite fast paced. The reader will be taken on an adventurous ride.
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