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?”
This book was recommended to me by a fellow blogger (thanks Jess!), and I enjoyed it. I’m always up for a good dystopian tale, and Slated definitely delivered. In a genre that’s getting harder and harder to be original in, I feel Teri Terry was able to find and create a unique concept.
Slated’s future world was tense, mysterious and even frightening at times, and held an eerie Stalin-esque tone (one toe out of line, and you’re shipped off to get your memory wiped clean). The pacing of the plot was well done, and the characters were, overall, great to read…Though, to be honest, I didn’t click with a couple of the bigger ones. In particular, the supposed heartthrob, Ben. My heart just didn’t throb for him. He was almost too nice, too sweet. And, there were a few parts I felt his IQ level wasn’t done justice (I know, I know, he was slated and therefore supposed to act a little loopy; but I wish he hadn’t been quite so loopy). I guess it was difficult for me to understand Kyla’s emotional attachment to him. Besides their love for running and being slated, they didn’t seem to have that much in common.
Besides this nitpick, I liked the book. And I really liked the protagonist, Kyla. She made up for those lesser characters I didn’t jive with. She was soft, yet tough. Quiet, yet loud. Sweet, yet steely. Her timid, borderline passive aggressive behavior was perfect for the oppressed, “hush-hush” world she lived in. And, despite her cool, meek facade, you just know deep down she’s a badass.
If you’re looking for a quick read that’s entertaining and different, check out Slated.
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