by Teri Terry
Series: Slated #1
Publication date: January 24, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
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Kyla has been Slated—her memory and personality erased as
punishment for committing a crime she can’t remember. The government has taught
her how to walk and talk again, given her a new identity and a new family, and
told her to be grateful for this second chance that she doesn’t deserve. It’s
also her last chance—because they’ll be watching to make sure she plays by
their rules. As Kyla adjusts to her new life, she’s plagued by fear. Who is
she, really? And if only criminals are slated, why are so many innocent people
disappearing? Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for
self-preservation. She knows a dangerous game is being played with her life,
and she can’t let anyone see her make the wrong move . . . but who can she
trust when everyone is a stranger?
Terry’s debut novel and it offers up a clever and rather terrifying dystopian
world where those whom the government claims are terrorist are offered a second
chance by having their memories erased. This process is called Slating. This
chilling novel kept me captivated with its strong protagonist and suspenseful
The tale takes place in the late twenty-first century and
the government is now referred to as the Central Coalition. The society is controlled by a group of soldiers
known as “Lorders” (law and order officers). We meet Kyla at the New London Hospital where
she is being processed out to return to society and live with her parents and
sister. She has been slated and will be
forced to wear a Levo unit around her wrist. It cannot be removed and it
monitors her happiness level. She will
be monitored until she is twenty-one at which time her sentence will end and
the device removed. Something is not quite right and Kyla suffers from nightmares. They are of strange events and she quickly discovers she is different from the other slated. The tale that
unfolds is filled with mystery and suspense as Kyla begins the search for the
Kayla was an interesting character, and we/she quickly realize
she is different. This is all new to her and she fumbles a little on whom to
trust, what is truth or propaganda and it added to the overall tale. We get to see her come into her
own a little as she makes discoveries. Ben
is another slated and the romantic interest. The romance was juvenile and
sweet, but did not add to the overall plot and I was not really swept up in it. I
found her parents to be fascinating and not knowing whose team they were on was scary. Amy is Kayla’s sister and
has been slated. She offers us a look at a successful slating.
Amy and her boyfriend Alex helped move the plot but sadly were not fleshed out. The
doctors, counselors and teachers helped paint a picture of the current
government and added to the overall mystery. I loved that we/she were never sure if we were
being tested or helped by others.
The thing that really struck me about this dystopian world
is that it could actual happen! Everything the government was engaging in could
probably be done now with the technology we own. How the process of Slating was discovered freaked me out. I had recently read an article about this type of testing. This totally escalated the creep factor for me.
There were issues; for example there were inconsistencies with Kyla’s knowledge after
being slated. She did not know how to work a car door, but knew other things. The Slated retained their speech and fine motor skills and maybe I am
wrong but having met stroke victims and such I imagine recovery would be
similar and it didn't quite jive for me. Those issues aside this was a
compelling tale. I love world building and this one did leave me
with many unanswered questions. The author provides us with facts as Kayla learns them. I will say I enjoyed how this added to the
suspense and mystery. The sensation of being off kilter because you did not know who
to trust, what was real and none of the history until Kayla learned it was enthralling.
I easily consumed this well paced tale in a few hours and look forward to Fractured the next book.
Dystopian fans should enjoy Slated and while it is not perfect it was an engaging start written
by a promising new author. I am looking forward to seeing where Terry takes
this series in Fractured which is due
to release in 2013.
I want to thank Penguin for providing this ARC in exchange
for my unbiased review.
Four cups of mocha coffee out of five
Labels: dystopian, Penguin, Slated, Terri Terry, Young Adult