It’s another dystopian young adult novel… yes, I’m having a bit of a marathon.
I bought this series when I was on holiday last year, along with 12 other books and 15 kindle books (not exaggerating – I counted!) but it got put on the back burner with moving and everything.
From the blurb:
“Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever.
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?”
We join Kyla at the start of the novel as she completes a nine month rehabilitation sentence at a hospital for “Slated” teens. Slating is removing all of a persons memories, thoughts, feelings, personality… everything that makes them them. This gives the subject a fresh start; a clean slate. Slating is an extreme surgery which is only performed when a person is a threat to themselves or the government. Only the under 16’s can be slated. Kyla has had to relearn how to walk, talk and behave in society; she has been assigned a new family who will help her to readjust and monitor her movements.
To keep Kyla in check she is fitted with a “levo” – a wrist band which monitors her emotions and interacts with a chip in her brain. Powerful negative emotions are deemed harmful to society, so if a Slated is too upset or angry the chip forces them to blackout, and in extreme circumstances will cause the person to fall into seizures, from which they might never wake up.
Kyla has been told that a person is only Slated as a punishment for a crime, or if they pose a risk to themselves. Once a person is Slated every trace of personality and memory should be removed, but Kyla has dreams and nightmares she believes are from her former life.
Kyla is more aware than the other Slated; her adoptive sister Amy is very innocent and almost childlike, she accepts everything she is told without question, but Kyla starts to think she hasn’t been told the whole truth. Her every move is monitored, her teachers and counsellors have to provide reports on her behaviour, update the hospital on her period of adjustment. If Kyla doesn’t perform as expected she could be returned.
Kyla doesn’t know who she is or who she can trust.
This is a really interesting premise, the story itself is gripping and quite fast paced. This is definitely a YA novel, but still thoroughly enjoyable. My only issue was that I felt Kyla displayed less than commonsense at key points in the story, which seemed out of character. This was an example, I felt, of the character doing something because the plot required it; it just didn’t feel natural.
Overall an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to book 2. Unfortunately I am currently on the train, and I don’t have the book with me, so I’m going to re-read a chick lit favourite. Yippee for my kindle!
Hope you are all having a great Monday, and let me know if you’ve read/ plan to read this book.