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Slated by Teri Terry

May 10th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Slated by Teri Terry

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 3, 2012

Publisher: Orchard Books

Series: Book #1 in the Slated series

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from 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?

After reading that synopsis how can you not want to read this book right?!  It sounded awesome and right up my alley so you can imagine how excited I was to receive a copy to review.  I have to admit that it did start off a little rough.  The first chapter or so felt very jagged in the writing style which I believe is meant to enforce the feeling of confusion Kyla is feeling as she is preparing to be “released” into the regular population after being Slated.  Once I got past the first few chapters the story definitely picked up.

My favorite part of the book was trying to figure out who were the characters that were really on Kyla’s side or who was hiding their true motives.  Kyla’s mom was one of my favorite characters.  She is compared to a dragon and does initially come off as the biggest PIA (as a nice way of putting it) but as the story goes on we get to see that there is more to her actions than meets the eye.  The complexity of her character and each revelation Kyla experiences in regards to her mom just made me enjoy her all the more.  Kyla’s dad is another mystery that I can’t wait to find out more about and I can’t wait to see whose side Kyla’s doctor ends up being.  It is hard to tell if she really is on Kyla’s side, is one of the bad guys or just someone so driven by scientific curiosity that she’s not truly good or bad.

The only character I did not really care for was Ben.  He was of course the love interest that is expected in almost every YA book these days.  He’s the cute guy who is nice to everyone and that everyone loves but he fell a little flat for me.  I get that the discoveries of what is really going on and the ability to really think for himself for the first time can be mind blowing but his erratic behavior did not flow well.  At one point he makes a very dramatic decision about the supposed terrorists that seemed to almost come out of nowhere.  I was never clear why he went from one extreme to the other even when a more sensible option was available.

Still the story itself took some interesting turns, both expected and unexpected, and the ending leaves you wondering where this new twist is going to take readers in the next book.

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