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First let me start by saying if you like dystopia in general it's definitely worth giving it a read, its very similar to others I have read in the genre, in particular it is very similar to the Unwound series although instead of being Unwound, children are Slated. Without spoiling the plot too much, officially, children under the age of 16 who are terrorists are Slated, this means they are "wiped" and given a "clean slate" all of their memories are wiped clean, and the essence of who they were is taken away. They are given new identities and new families, and are given a "Levo" which monitors their mood levels. If their levels drop too low they are shocked, causing them to black out of even death. This means a Slated cannot exhibit any anger oe aggression towards themselves of others, or they risk death.
The story follows Kayla who is Slated, but things aren't quite as they seem. She has terrible nightmares which cause her levels to drop at night, and has flashbacks of a past she shouldn't remember. I don't really want to spoil it too much.
She meets a few characters along her story. Mr Hatten/Nico who plays the dangerous teacher who is actually from her past. This character is one of my favourites as the way he carries himself is reminiscent of Edward in twilight, or Mr Grey from 50 shades. Dark, mysterious, and handsome. She meets a few slated friends such as Ben and Tori who help her adjust, though they aren't around for long so don't get too attached. I didn't find Tori a very likable character, but Ben was the typical boy from a teenage story. Her new family includes her mum who is the daughter of the first "lorder" (dangerous guards go watch your every move, and the mere presence of lorders make people disappear) her dad who is absent alot and a sister who has a terribly sad past who was also slated.
The story takes an unexpected political turn and dwells briefly on the current EU situation which for the whole feel of the book was slightly unexpected. The book itself reads as though it was intended for the young adult crowd, but isn't annoyingly young. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys dystopia, for anyone who liked unwound, and for anyone looking for an easy read.
It's an enjoyable series if not slightly repetitive and same-y.
THIS IS SERIOUSLY MY FAVOURITE BOOK EVER!!!! It's set in 2050, in a world where the government are so tight you can hardly breathe a word against them without being eliminated. It is all about teenagers who were past criminals, and have had their minds blanked with futuristic technology to make them knew people. The main character is Kyla, and she soon finds out that she is different to all the other people who have been slated because she can remember her parts of her past. She finds another slated boy who she becomes friends with as he soon decides that he wants to know who he was before as well. Kyla and Ben manage to get in touch with one people who have set up a website to help find people who went missing, being taken by the 'Lorders' (the people who work for the government). The characters in the book are very good because you get an idea of their personality really early on, and can relate to how they are feeling. It is the most clever storyline, and I get so so so sucked into it I can hardly tear my eyes away!!! The second book is fractured, and I was so relieved that she'd written a second one because one just wasn't enough. There's everything you could want from a book, thrill, romance, tension building up, danger, nail biting scenes. I am in love with it. One of my friends was telling me about futuristic books, and I must say I was not interested at all. It was the cover of this book that got me interested, it looks so mysterious, (they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but everyone does it don't they) and I'm so glad that I didn't just push it aside because it was futuristic because it is honestly the best book ever!!! :D. I'd recommend this book to 14-18 years, because for anyone younger than that it's hard to get an idea of the concept.