Sunday, August 26, 2012
My Thoughts: Slated has managed to make me fall in love with dystopian all over again. It outshines the Divergent series, and pretty much every dystopian I've read so far. Best dystopian in 2012, no question. It's set in an England, where the goverment's new method to fight with terrorism is through memory erasing. And these so-called "terrorists" -because really they are just kids or teens- after being Slated for their crimes are getting a second chance. Memories wiped out they have to relearn everything from walking to talking. It sounds pretty terrifying, right? Losing the most important, yourself.
They literally get a clean slate, but their Slated status means they are under strict control. And they have to be good and "happy" to earn the right to be free again.
'Never forget who you are'!
Kyla has been Slated, but she is different. She learns faster than the other Slated, and she's having vivid and terrifying nightmares and breakdowns. She also has violent tendencies, although the Slate was supposed to erase that, too. And the levels on her "happy meter" go up when she gets angry. Dr. Lysander, her therapist at the hospital suspects that Kyla is not like the other brain dead looking Slated, and she wants to know why.
Use the fear; feed the anger.
Kyla was easy to like and sympathize with. She gets an instant family with a mom, a dad and a big sister, has to live in a new place, go to school and -of course- be happy. Being happy is extremely important, if her levels drop too much her Levo (the happy meter) can even kill her.
I have to say I really liked her family, that the parents weren't just backgrounds. And I can't wait to know more about them. Her airheaded sister, Amy, the Slated and the non Slated in her new town were all well developed and interesting.
The plot wasn't action movie fast, but it had a nice pace, it didn't bore me for even a second. My favorites were the parts where Kyla drawed something, and everything art related. And I really admired her art teacher Mr. Gianelli.
I liked watching Kyla rediscovering her old self, getting new friends and falling in love with another Slated. Ben, the love interest has some great potentials, I hope he'll fulfill them in the next book. Another really fascinating character is Aiden. I just have to know more about him!!
Slated was a wonderful first book, and I'll definitely read the next book as soon as it comes out, as I'm anxious to learn the real reasons behind the Slate. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian.
Series: Slated #1
Author: Teri Terry
Blurb from Goodreads:
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?
May 3rd 2012 by Orchard Books
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