Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Slated by Teri Terry

Title:  Slated
Author:  Teri Terry
Genre:  Young Adult/Dystopian/Sci-Fi
Publisher:  Hatchette Childrens Books (Orchard Books)
Publication Date:  3rd May 2012 
ISBN:  9781408319468
Stand alone or series:   Series
Pages:  448 pages
Book Received from:  Orchard Books (Publisher) Proof copy
First Lines:  I run.  Fists of waves claw the sand as I force one foot to pound after another.

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 Thoughts:
Wow where to start.  I haven't come across any books with concepts even close to the storyline in Slated.  It's got to be one of the more unique stories to date!

We are introduced to Kyla, a nervous girl awaiting to meet her parents in the hospital for the first time.  She has a levo attached to her wrist that measures her moods and if it drops to low things get bad.  I guess you could call it her happy meter of sorts.  Did I mention that she just fifteen?  Yeah so that throws a spin on everything as well.

Kyla has been slated, or in other words been given a second chance with her mind wiped clean after the government accuses her of being a terrorist.  She's placed with a new family, starts in a new school and has absolutely no recollection of the crimes she has supposedly been accused of and must learn how to do everything again.  Which most of this is learned at the hospital before she leaves.

Kyla is a quiet character but different to the other slated as she picks things up quickly and begins to notice and remember things she's not supposed to remember.  I really enjoyed reading from her POV which is told in First Person Present tense so it really brought me into the here and now in the story!  Jazz is another character I really liked but was a little unsure in the beginning though.

I also loved how Teri changed my opinions on each character the further into the story I got.  I won't name which ones as I don't want to give anything away but I was surprised by the small shift in their personality as we get to know them throughout the course of the novel.

This is one book you are going to want to pick up.  I'm not sure that everyone will warm up to Kyla as a main character but I truly loved every bit of her as a character.  Not to mention the dystopian setting of the novel!  Slated is one of those reads where it will be nothing what you expected to be and every bit as much engaging.

Recommended read!

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