Can I be a little bit petty and say that the cover hooked me first? The cover is beautiful! I liked the gray misty colors and the green eyes of the girl really stand out. And then the synopsis, government control and mind wipe? Count me in!
Slated by Teri Terry
Publish Date: August 29th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Synopsis:My Bookish Likes:
Kyla's memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. She's been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance--if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? As she and her friend Ben seek answers, Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation. (Goodreads)
The whole idea behind the book was awesome, and half way through you learn an amazing twist about what kind of people are Slated. I liked Kyla's parents, at first the mom seems distant and uncaring, but her personality really blossoms as the story goes on. Both Kyla's dad and sister Amy are really sweet, the supporting characters were done really well. My favorite character is Dr. Lysander, even though she is the leading doctor who works on Slating people. She doesn't seem like the bad guy, and I'm interested to see whose sides she's really on.
My Bookish Mehs:
Kyla. I really really wanted to like her, I want to fall in love with the main character, be on the edge of my seat wondering if she will be okay. Sadly, she was just a boring character. I felt like I couldn't connect with her enough to make me feel for her. Her snark felt out of character, and I could predict what she would say before she said it. I also didn't like the love interest, he is described as cute and seems to be a good guy, but acts more like an end table. He's just there. Although I appreciate how his characters starts to grow near the end of the book.
My Final Thoughts:
I was disappointed that I couldn't get into the story more. Despite this, I liked Slated and I really want to read the next book in the series. I want to find out why Kyla was Slated, I want to know how things work out. I have hope that the next book Kyla will become more of a character that I want to cheer for. She and the book have great potential.
I gave this book 3 stars on my Goodreads.
About the Reviewer:
Abi Pearson is a nineteen-year-old lady. She's a writer, a wife, and a poet. She lives in Oregon, where it's usually raining and cloudy. Ever since she was ten, she was a writer, and hopefully, she will be able to publish her work soon. She loves reading historical fiction and absurdest fiction. Her favorite writers consist of Lemony Snicket, Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen.
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