The Goodreads description is as follows:
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?
The story starts with a prologue that is confusing; It doesn’t fit in with chapter one and I’m not sure it was really necessary. After the prologue, chapter one begins with Kyla being introduced to her family. She is sixteen-years-old and has no memory of who she was before a few months ago, she has never met her family but is about to leave the hospital to live with them.
Kyla has to wear something on her wrist called a ‘Levo’ it monitors her happiness levels. If they go too low it can lead to blackouts and even death. Since being ‘Slated’ Kyla has had to relearn everything and leaves the hospital inexperienced and naive. She has no experience of life; washing up, pets, school, being part of a family is totally new to her.
We quickly learn that Kyla is not like other ‘Slated’. She asks questions and has a high level of independent thought; not so easily swayed by the opinion of others. This is not a good thing.
The story is set in the future where a Coalition has been set up after the collapse of the economy and the UK left the EU (ironic huh?). There are Lorders who work for the government who people are scared of. It’s not mentioned openly but people aren’t happy with the heavy hand of the goverment. There is also a terrorist group opposed to the strict controls and the use of Slating.
I don’t want to go into too much detail, but we follow Kyla’s journey as she begins to realise every thing is not quie as it seems and she tries to work out who to trust with her secrets.
This contempory YA book is the first in a trilogy (FRACTURED and SHATTERED) and I definitely want to read more to follow Kyla’s story.
Written in the first person we get to see into Kyla’s mind as she traverses through her day to day life and tries to maintain normality whilst realising that she is not normal at all.
With a touch of romance and some HUNGER-GAMES-like moments (the fingers to the lips and raised hands moment) it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I give it 4 stars ****
Have you read the series? What did you think?
My next review will be the BONE SPARROW by Zana Fraillon courtesy of NetGalley, Hachette Children’s group and Orion Children’s books.
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