May 3rd 2012
YA Dystopian Thriller
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?
Slated is actually very different to the kind of book I would normally read. As you may have noticed, I’m more of a romance-y girl and love contemporary novels. But my friend recommended this to me and I’m so glad she did!
The front cover seriously freaked me out! But it added the story instead of making me go ‘Aurgh! I don’t wanna read this!’
While I was reading Slated I was reminded of Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. They are both set in a future, dystopian world, different circumstances but it felt similar.
I also liked that fact that Slated was 400+ pages. Meaning, it was very thick and obviously going to be DEEP book. I could barely get my hand around the spine. (Context people. Context.)
Slating was thought up by an accident, but the principle is that terrorists/law breakers can have a second chance at life, with being put to death. But the government is taking advantage.
When Kyla is released from hospital, and in school, she realises that pupils are being taken away, possibly to become slated, although they have done nothing wrong.
It’s a scary thought. Just being whisked away and having your entire memory wiped. Becoming a different person. Scary, because it’s possible. Like, now. In 2013. Maybe not intentionally, but by accident. That’s why dystopian/futuristic books freak me out. Because it would HAPPEN NOW!
There is a certain mystery surrounding Kyla’s ‘Mother’. I look forward to having their relationship explored a little more. It looked like she had a multiple personality disorder anyway, one minute yelling at Kyla for no reason and then having heart to heart chats with her.
Loved the fact that it was set in England, usually these big thriller novel are based in America, but the Slating happened at a hospital in London. (Yay, a name I’m familiar with!)
The dates in this book were very vague. There wasn’t a specific year Slated was set in, although we know that it was twenty years after the 2020’s. By setting down no particular date, it added to the mystery instead of confusing, as books with specific dates can be.
Most of the slated patients where gullible and went along with what everybody else was saying. Wide smiles, memory completely wiped, new people.
I like the originality of the Levo’s. They are a device that is implanted onto a Slated patient’s wrist, it tells them what their mood levels are. Ten being ecstatic, one being murderous thoughts/ depression. If your levels get down to 3.0, the Levo zaps you and you can fall unconsciousness from it. The thought behind it is to keep the Slated from resorting to their old ways.
In terms of character, Kyla was amazing. She was gritty and she DIDN’T CRY. Well, if she did, she had a reason, right?
I would recommended this for EVERYONE to read, and I’m also looking forward to the second book Fractured.
(Click the cover art to be taken to the Goodreads Page.)
Expected publication: April 4th 2013 by Orchard Books
About Author and LINKS:
Teri has lived in France, Canada, Australia and England at more addresses than she can count, acquiring three degrees, a selection of passports and a silly name along the way. Past careers have included scientist, lawyer, optometrist, and, in England, various jobs in schools, libraries and an audiobook charity. The footpaths and canal ways of the Buckinghamshire Chilterns where she now lives inspired much of the setting of Slated. She hates broccoli, likes cats, and has finally worked out what she wants to do when she grows up.
Thanks for reading!