Sunday, May 27, 2012
Slated, by Teri Terry- Review
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?
A dystopian that felt more a like a slow building thriller, Slated was a chilling read that left me with more questions than I started with. Heavily character driven, Slated is told from Kyla's first person perspective which is skewed, at best, and it focuses much more firmly on who/what she is then on her dystopian world. Because of this introspection Slated is much less action driven than the run of the mill dystopian, but it has an intensity that more than makes up for its quiet build.
Because of Kyla's Slating, the reader is learning about the world around Kyla at the same time as her, which makes for really smooth world building, and although the tried and true secret government tropes are used, it felt different. Maybe because the suggestion is always there that many people know about the secrets, just not Kyla, but also because at a certain point it seem clear the terrorists are just as big a risk as the government henchmen.
Of course the most fascinating mystery is who Kyla actually is herself, and I have to say the tease at the end of the book was a big one. It's a little frustrating to be left with such a large cliff hanger when there's inevitably going to be a year between books, so I was disappointed that a few more answers weren't revealed as pay off until then. Without a doubt it's a difficult balance to reach, leaving a reader with enough mystery to have them jonesing for book 2 but not so much that book one feels like it was too unresolved and therefore only a prologue to the story. However, as it stands I might recommend waiting a little closer to Fractured's release
(May 2013, in the UK, later in Canada and the US) to start the series so you get a more completed story, unless you love a good mystery, in which case dig in!
A really nice change of pace in the dystopian department, Slated promises to be an intriguing thriller like drama. I can't wait to hear more about Fractured, and what Teri Terry has in store for this series.
Slated, by Teri Terry
Published by Orchard Books May 1 2012
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
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