Publisher: Orchard Books
I’ve been thinking it over…how to start this review, and nothing seemed to pop out at me. No, I haven’t been slated recently, although sometimes it feels like I’ve lost my memory. So I’m going to keep it simple. This book was a hit with me and it lived up to its synopsis. I thought it was a fresh new read and it turned out to be a pretty good page turner. Read it!
I want to briefly discuss the dystopian aspect of the book. We were given a fair amount of answers to how the society came to slate people (erase their memory completely), but it takes a while to come about and the idea hasn’t been fully given to us, but I’m sure we will have more background information coming so I was okay with it. I did find it odd that they only slated children who have broken the law to give them a second chance at life. How many children are actually criminals and why are the adults not getting this second chance? I think the book mentioned that it is easier to slate kids because of their age and easier for them to relearn things, but it still was kind of off-putting. Then again teenagers can be pretty rebellious. ;) The whole idea of being slated is creepy on its own, let alone that the government seems to be everywhere and know everything... did I mention that the kids who are slated have to wear a bracelet that is connected to their feelings/brain? If they become a 'threat' by showing certain emotions they are automatically punished. This gave me the chills. This whole book gives me the chills and that is one of the biggest reasons why you should read this book. The writing/plot is that good. Okay that wasn't so brief...moving on.
For the most part I really loved Kyla. She was an interesting main character, but my favorite part was her relationship with her “mother,” or at least who her mom is after she was slated. We have no idea who Kyla was before she was slated…for the most part. But you will have to read Slated to find out more about that. Anyway back on topic, I think her relationship with her mother is interesting, intense, and full of questions. There is more to it than what meets the eye. I think this relationship will play an even bigger role in the upcoming books, at least I hope so. Kyla and her "sister's' relationship was also something to write home about, it was perfectly done. On the other hand, her relationship with Ben, another teenager that has been slated and goes to her school, was cute, but didn’t do a whole lot for me, I don’t know why but I felt like some chemistry was missing.
Another really great and interesting aspect of this book is getting to watch how Kyla deals with being slated. It is funny to see Kyla, a teenager, not know how to get out of a car or other simple things that she should know how to do but doesn’t since her memory has been erased.
There are a few shocking plot twists that came out of nowhere, which as you probably know by now I love, but one was pretty obvious. This was slightly disappointed, but since it was executed well it didn't really bother me. The ending was good, but it certainly has me waiting impatiently for the next one. Luckily I won’t have wait long.
In the end, I recommend this book to those looking for a new dystopian novel with some laughs, intriguing relationships, and some intense scenes that will leave you wanting more.
RATING 4/5 Buy Slated