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on 21 June 2016
I'll start off by saying I really enjoyed Slated. I have a particular love for the YA sci-fi genre and I appreciated finding this little gem.
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.