Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review for 'Slated' by Teri Terry

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?

I couldn't have got more sucked in to this book if I was in quick sand. The general principle of this story is this: 

The year is 2050's (never quite sure on the exact date) and Kyla is among the many that have been wiped of their memories, their past life, slated.
When a person is slated, it's usually because they were some kind of criminal, terrorist, or maybe had a bad upbringing and wanted a new life, so they do this because they believe - they as in the Government - that they are helping these people.

Mostly everyone who is Slated lives with it, gets on with their new life. But not Kyla. There seems to be dreams, hints in her subconscious that she is missing something; she doesn't feel quite right. And soon she discovers she isn't normal. While others just nod along and agree with everything anyone says, Kyla questions peoples incentives, their honour, trust. And this, this isn't good. Because the more Kyla does this, the more her memories unravel, and she begins to wonder who she was before she was Slated.

This story really captured my attention, not just because it's based in London (near where i live) but because you really understood Kyla's feelings and the overwhelming sense of not belonging.

While the government is trying to control everyones behaviour, Kyla has to hide her thoughts, her fears, and act like they want her to act. 

Then she meets Ben, who is also a Slated. 

I won't say anymore, but know this, you have not LIVED until you've read this! It is a true dystopian if ever there was one. 

I love it, and I hope you all will too. 

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