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Slated: Book 1: 1/3 (SLATED Trilogy) Paperback – 3 May 2012
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A gripping dystopian debut. (Bookseller)
"Everything I have been looking for in a book: suspense, mind-bending mystery, romance and just the right amount of science fiction." (lyndsaycummingsblog.blogspot.com)
"Sophisticated, intelligent, thought-provoking. Watch out Suzanne Collins and Sophie McKenzie, there's a new writer in town." (talltalesandshortstories.blogspot.com)
"An original and haunting psychological thriller. I was gripped from the first page and can't wait to read more." (Julie Bertagna, author of the Exodus trilogy)
"Gripping, chilling and all too real. An unputdownable thriller." (L.A. Weatherly, author of Angel.)
A beautiful, intriguing puzzle revealed piece by dark and sinister piece. (Sara Grant, author of Dark Parties.)
A thrilling futuristic drama... compelling and well written. (Bucks Herald)
There is an Orwellian harshness about this dystopia that makes for disturbing and provocative reading. **** (Books For Keeps)
A tense psychological thriller that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. (Daily Record)
A terrific read which doesn't give up its secrets lightly. From the first pages it grips. Highly recommended. (School Librarian)
The first book in the bestselling and multi award-winning SLATED trilogy.
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Kyla has been 'slated' meaning she's had her memory wiped mandatorily by the government, who are giving her a second chance to behave herself. She's assigned to a family and given a Levo; a device that monitors her emotions and stops her from causing harm to anyone/thing. She makes friends and enemies, and then finds herself unwillingly tangled in a dystopian political game because she can somehow remember who she was before she was slated.
I find Kyla to be a really interesting character, and I've not read anything before where the main character has memory loss. I enjoyed the ride, learning with Kyla as she grappled with the gaps in her memory. The pace was great for this, and we learn with her as her mind slowly remembers or fills in the blanks.
Mostly, I love a good world I can sink my teeth into. We learn about the futuristic London as Kyla does, and Terry teases us expertly by explaining a little at a time. The coalition government is an interesting addition, and I liked this tie to politics that shaped the world. I found it different in comparison to the usual President or King that seized power purely for the heck of it. I love a well structured world that has rules and consequences, and I thought this ticked those boxes exceptionally well.
The book was incredibly easy to read. I know that this series is set well within the YA genre, but I've read others that were perhaps a little better constructed writing wise. That's not to say Terry is bad by any mean - in fact, she's nailed the voice of a 16 year old. But I would have liked to see a little more variance in the writing. Sentences are quite short and choppy as we follow Kyla's thought processes, and whilst this is a great tool for building tension and getting us into her head, I would have liked a little more balance with some longer, flowy descriptions. Due to this style of writing I'd probably say the book is aimed at 13/14year olds as opposed to the later teens.
I will definitely be completing the series. Terry has done a superb job setting up the next book. We had some resolution for Kyla (which I feel is so important when writing a trilogy) but she's more determined than ever, and I want to find out what happens next.
Given a second chance, her slate wiped clean by the Central Coalition, Kyla - a perceived criminal of the state - is reborn into her sixteen year old body with no memories. Processed and released from the nightmarish New London Hospital out of the care of the sinister, Dr Lysander and into the arms of her new family - Mum, Dad and sister, Amy - she is given a final chance to exist in this world.
Kyla is constantly monitored and her emotions recorded on a 1-10 scale by a Levo on her wrist - where 10 is utter joy, 5-6 is normal but less than 3 means a ticket to la-la land, seizures and a zapped brain.
As she settles into her new existence, Kyla has a burning desire to fill her blank mind. She must learn simple tasks again and as she does she discover natural skills and abilities from her past; a passion for owls and art, driving, running and of course boys! Now they can really mess up your levels!
Haunted by cruel flashbacks, Kyla breaks down the walls inside her mind as she searches for her true self. As she deals with Slater Haters, terrorists and sinister organisations, Kyla knows that every move she makes could be her last.
This is a fantastic dystopian, sci-fi concept which is superbly paced and written very much 'in the moment.' Even throughout passages of wonderful stillness, you feel that Kyla is always running.
There's a great set up for the sequel, Fractured, which is already on my radar! Great stuff!
I thoroughly enjoyed this, part of my current obsession with YA Trilogies - so much so that I'm actually moving straight onto Book 2 rather than having a break in between as I have been with the other's I've chosen.
It is an intriguing idea - of course things are not as straight forward as they seem, Teri Terry uses the plot to explore themes of criminal behaviour, right and wrong and of course throws in some reality checks. If such a thing were possible it would not always be used for good of course, and even if you consider wiping the minds of true criminals to be a "good" thing there is a great moral argument to be had there.
All this is looked at as Kyla struggles to readjust after her Slating - and finds that she is having nightmares that may be based in fact. There is a romance here, of course, but that is not the main focus, the pace of the story is pretty perfect and it ends in a way that will absolutely have you grabbing book 2 immediately.
Very well done and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
Happy Reading Folks!