Series: Slated #1
Publisher: Orchard Book (Hachette UK)
Expected Publication: May 3rd, 2012
Source: Received from publisher
Kyla’s memory has been erased,her personality wiped blank,her memories lost for ever.She’s been Slated.The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
Introducing us to a new and scary dystopian world, Slated is an incredibly addicting and unputdownable read which will be on many favorite-lists for 2012. Teri Terry's writing style makes it very easy for readers to be sucked into this story and I cannot wait to find out what she has in store for Kyla and the other characters I've grown to love. If you're looking for a new Dystopia to keep you awake at night - wondering - this might be the right pick for you.
The thought of losing all of my memories, of forgetting who I am, scares me a lot, but at the same time I was completely fascinated by Kyla's experiences. Being told that she's given a second chance, she has to start over completely new after her memories were deleted - she was Slated. In this novel's world this is a common procedure for criminals, but it doesn't take long for Kyla and the readers to find out that there's more to it.
Despite the Slating process that usually kills any distinct charater traits, Kyla is a very strong protagonist. Especially during the last few chapters this is pronounced, but you can already detect a certain tendency to being rebellious right in the beginning. The story is told from her point of view by a first person narrator and Kyla's voice is very easy to follow and pleasant to "listen to."
I was immediately captivated by the world of Slated and had an incredibly hard time putting this book down. When I read at night before going to sleep, I told myself that I'll "just read one chapter." In the end this one chapter turned out to be three... five... seven. Teri Terry's writing style is wonderfully addicting and makes imagining her version of the future so vivid and easy.
I'm not completely sure about the love story. Considering the things Kyla has been through, it develops in a very realistic pace, but at the same time I couldn't help but wish for more. Only towards the end I could really relate to Kyla's feelings, but that's probably because there appeared another male character, whom I'd love to get to know more.
All in all, I want to recommend Slated to everyone who is still looking for a dystopian story to make them think about a very possible and scary future. It doesn't take much to be able to imagine something like this happening in our society one day and that is probably the scariest aspect of it. I definitely can't wait for the second installment of this series, especially since there are so many questions I'm hoping to get answers to.
Debut Author Challenge 2012
With huge thanks to Hachette Children's Books (UK), I can now offer you one (1) copy of Slated for giveaway. As I'm not sending off the prize myself, this giveaway will be limited to the UK. You can enter until May 12th, 2012 by filling out the Rafflecopter form below and the winner will have 36 hours to answer my e-mail.
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