Author: Teri Terry
Series: Slated #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Dystopian
Release Date: January 24, 2013
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Kyla has been Slated – her memory erased, her personality wiped blank. This is the government’s way of dealing with teen terrorists: give them a fresh start as a new person. They teach Kyla how to walk and talk again, give her a new identity and a new family, and tell her to be grateful for this second chance.
It’s also her last chance, and to ensure that she plays by their rules, Kyla is fitted with a Levo, a bracelet that monitors her mood and will stun – or even kill – her if her levels of anger or violence rise too high.
As she adjusts to her new life, Kyla can see she is different from other Slateds. She asks too many questions and is plagued by nightmares that feel like memories – even though she shouldn’t have memories. Who is she, really? Has her Slating gone wrong? And if only criminals are Slated, why are innocent people disappearing? Torn between the need to understand more and her instinct for self-preservation, Kyla knows a dangerous game is being played with her life, and she’s determined not to let anyone see her make the wrong move…
Debut author Teri Terry has written a brilliantly original, thought-provoking novel about an uncomfortably plausible future.
First Sentence: I run.
Okay, I’ll admit it, before I actually started reading Slated, I was a bit leery of this book. Okay, not a bit, but very leery of this book. You really can’t blame me. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Slated, but just from reading the summary alone, I thought I automatically knew what the entire book was about. In fact, I called it. This book would be about a secretly evil government blah blah blah and it’s the rebels who are Slated was my exact predication. In the end, I was right in a way, but I also wasn’t completely right, if you catch my meaning. I feel like Slated is part dystopian (because of the whole evil government thing and the terrorist resisters), but apparently goodreads doesn’t agree with me.
Slated started off pretty fantastic. In fact, I thought it was a book that will definitely get a four star rating or higher from me. I was awed by what I read of the world-building so far – it was just so unique and surprising. I’m not going to go in depth with the world-building because I don’t want to spoil elements that have surprised me. I would say this though: Although some parts of the world-building managed to amaze me, I do want more of an explanation on it. So far, I only got little snippets and pieces of the world and how it came to be. (Those added political events toward the end didn’t help; I just can’t get a grasp on political stuff unless I study it non-stop for an hour.) I simply just wanted more of the world-building.
All right, I haven’t got much experience on which to base this judgment. I may be sixteen and I’m not slow or backward and haven’t been locked in a closet since birth – as far as I know – but SLating does that to you. Makes you lacking in experience. (3)
However, as I read on, the fantastic beginning feeling I got from reading the beginning of Slated didn’t last very long. While I read on, I got a little bored, wishing something major would happen that will actually surprise or shock me in some way. I did get what I wanted – several times in fact – but there is still a not quite small problem: every time I was surprised at something that had happened in Slated, the effect wore off quickly until I reached another point in the book that also surprised and shocked me. The cycle will repeat itself a lot, but there were still moments where I was bored reading the book.
Slated is predictable every now and then. Kyla is slow to catch up on things (I still can’t believe she didn’t figure out something so obvious even at the end of the book), but unlike other characters from other books, Kyla has a legit reason to be slow: she was Slated. Kyla has no clue how life works and lacks parts of the thinking process because she has learned it yet. In fact, I feel that even though Kyla has been Slated and therefore is slower than any other normal person, she is still somewhat smarter than some other heroines from other books. (I’m not going to name any names because that’ll be just too mean, but yeah, I’m sure you guys can think of a few yourself.)
But somehow a sick certainty sits like a crushing weight on my chest, making it hard to breathe. Every instinct of self-preservation screams inside and won’t be ignored.
No one must know. (45)
Slated does have romance in it, which is what I usually like having in my books. However, I didn’t enjoy reading the romance between Kyla and her love interest, Ben. I felt like they were lacking the chemistry, the appeal that makes you cheer for them, root for them, and swoon for them. To me, it seems like Kyla is risking everything just for a guy she barely knows, a guy who barely is in touch with his own emotions and feelings since he was Slated. The relationship between Kyla and Ben just didn’t work for me. Since their relationship didn’t work for me, I don’t think I’ll be continuing on with this series because from what I got from the end of Slated, the main focus of the next book would be Ben.
Slated does stand out from under dystopian books (I’m not really sure if it’s a dystopian since goodreads says it isn’t, but according to me, it is since it has the evil government, rebels, etc. plot) I’ve read so far. It’s the idea of being “Slated” that really makes Slated stand out – other dystopian books I’ve read was just people finding out that oh no, their government is evil but we have to do something about it! In Slated, the government’s motive is not clear, but you do know something is wrong with the way innocent people are being Slated left and right.
“Wonder what she did to get Slated.”
“Bet it was bad.”
“Couldn’t have been much; she’s a scrawny little wuss.”
“Maybe she tortured little children ‘cos they were the only ones smaller than her.” (128)
Overall, the important question I want to bring up is is Slated really a thriller? In a way, yes. But also, a small part of me insists that no, Slated isn’t really a thriller because of the many up and down moments I had while reading it. I don’t know, maybe you guys may like it a lot more than I did, but for me, Slated was just an okay book, a little bit above average, but overall still okay.
Will I recommend Slated? Sure. It’s a pretty good book, especially for people looking for an unique dystopian to read.