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By Scarlett Thomas

PopCo tells the tale of Alice Butler-a subversively shrewdpermanent lady in our commercial-soaked global who grows from recluse orphan to burgeoning vigilante, buttressed by means of secret, codes, math, and the experience her grandparents gave her that she may possibly switch the realm.

Alice-slight introvert, crossword compositor- works at PopCo, a globally winning and a bit of sinister toy corporation. Lured by means of their CEO to a idea Camp out at the moors, PopCo's creatives needs to invent the final word product for teenage ladies. in the meantime, Alice gets strange, encrypted messages she suspects relate to her grandfather's interpreting of a centuries-old manuscript that many-including her long-disappeared father-believe results in buried treasure. Its key, she's certain, is engraved at the necklace she's been donning considering the fact that she used to be ten. utilizing the abilities she realized from her grandparents and educating us elements of cryptanalysis, Alice discovers the resource of those creepy codes. Will this lead her to the mysterious treasure or one other, much more conscientiously guarded mystery?

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Definite. " My grandparents commence bustling round the kitchen, making lunch, whereas I sit down there on the desk feeling drained and particularly small. i'm indignant with my father; the anger feels higher than me. He used to be the cause of these males who approached me the day before today. How may he were so silly? and the way may possibly he burst off on a few silly, risky, ill-fated treasure-hunt? How may well he cross with no me? How may perhaps he do this? My innovations blur into confusion over a lunch i will be able to in simple terms choose at. it's not that i am definite I comprehend in regards to the chicken sanctuary. i feel I do yet, given the alternative, i'd have the treasure. i am definite the birds would not brain quite. yet then i like the truth that my grandfather is so good and predictable. He could by no means run away and depart me on a whim. He would not imagine it was once correct. And my grandmother. Does she comprehend the place the treasure is? She needs to. I want I want I want I knew. After lunch i'm going for a lie-down and that i take the pamphlet to learn in deepest, in mattress. i'm going to discover the place Francis Stevenson buried his treasure, simply to turn out to my grandfather that i will be able to. My necklace is a key. that is what my grandfather stated. My necklace is a key and i've the code the following. i'm going to do it. With those concepts I go to sleep, the open pamphlet at the flooring through my mattress. bankruptcy Nineteen The white envelope continues to be on my table the place I left it. i've got introduced a bottle of beer with me from the East Wing kitchen and that i open this and take a number of sips prior to contemplating the envelope. it is not scary me rather a lot any further, the truth that an individual is contacting me in code. not anything undesirable turns out to have occurred due to it, now not but, besides. It purely takes 5 mins or to be able to decipher this one; it's written utilizing an identical key because the others. need assistance to ship longer message, it says. extremely important. What? need assistance to ship longer message? good, okay. certain, i will be able to let you know find out how to do this, yet who're you? you have not informed me the best way to get involved with you! I realize that i'm conversing those concepts aloud and forestall, fast ingesting a few beer as an alternative. rather, although. this can be silly. I burn the observe and examine my answer. As i've got no inspiration who i'm facing, i cannot imagine how i might reply to this. Is my correspondent observant or no longer? Is she or he able to following clues? i actually do not know what to do. may perhaps I do exactly not anything? not likely. I do need to know who this can be and what they must say. i actually, quite desire this is not just a few teaser for a brand new product. whilst I first joined the corporate, email viruses and "viral" kind e-mails have been a new-ish factor, not less than for those that had merely simply began utilizing desktops for all time. on the release of 1 product, a tender man from the selling division made up our minds to create and ship out a viral e mail telling humans approximately this new product, which were hyped in-house as that year's probably Christmas must-have toy. the email went all over the world in approximately fifteen hours, after which all started going round back. earlier than too lengthy, humans have been unwell of having this e mail, after which began asking questions on the place it got here from.

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