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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?
The first thing I noticed about this book was its seriously creepy cover *shudders*. It intrigued me though. I know, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it… we all do. The synopsis also sounded interesting, so it didn’t take me long to get stuck in.
Slated is based in futuristic London. Criminals under the age of 16 are slated. This means that their memories are erased and they’re given another chance to be a model citizen. Being a model citizen means being obedient and not questioning what the government are doing. Our protagonist Kyla, has been slated. She has a new family, a new school and the opportunity to become a model citizen. However, Kyla is different, she remembers parts of her old life and wonders why. Kyla wants to find out the truth of her life before she was slated, but this is a dangerous path to choose.
I thought Slated was a good dystopian book. I absolutely loved the idea of having a Levo. A levo is something the Slated have to wear on their wrist that monitors their happiness level. The ideal happiness level is 5/6. When it drops below 3 it starts to become dangerous, with extreme moods like anger and sadness their levels will drop to 2 which can cause blackouts and death. The reason why they do blackout when the level gets that low is because then they are prevented from doing themselves or society harm. You might think it would be easier to just take off the Levo, but no…doing this would cause them extreme pain and may cause them to have seizures.
There were plenty of characters to get your head around, but all of them were incredibly well developed. I either loved or hated them. Each character had something interesting about them. They weren’t two dimensional characters. Kyla was a fantastic character. I loved how strong she was despite what had happened to her. I didn’t quite believe her relationship with Ben. He wasn’t a bad character, I think I just imagined Kyla with someone a little more feisty.
Slated is a fast paced, tense read. It’s not predictable, but it’s not particularly action packed. I think it has a suitable amount of action, leaving the reader hungry for the sequel, where I’m sure things are going to get even harder for Kyla!
Would I recommend it?:
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