|Author: Teri Terry|
|Publisher: Orchard Books|
|Elements: Assassins, Pirates|
|Series: Book 1 of Slated series|
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?
To start off, the government didn’t claim that Kyla was a terrorist. The Slated is referred to as a people who are given a second chance at having a new life, though the program is almost always referred to criminals. The government claimed that she was a criminal, though details are withheld from both Kyla and the reader.
However, from here we do get an idea of how Kyla views herself.
Given their assumed shady past, Slateds are not particularly well received by the general audience, though even as one, Kyla is still an outlier. Kyla herself was an enigma when it comes to characterization and development.
Terry doesn’t fail to remind us every few pages that ‘Kyla is different.’ While I had determined that from early on, the constant reminder served to make Kyla into a particularly self-aware narrator. I didn’t see how she could have passed off as a normal Slated to the people around her given how she failed to blend in in every aspect. I questioned how they could miss seeing her uniqueness, given the many tests that Slateds underwent before being released into the public.
Before we continue, I have to admit something: I enjoyed Slated. However, I am getting quite exasperated and agitated while writing this review and reliving the story, so I will cut the review short. I have a tendency to question everything when I enjoy a story, and plot holes and unexplained developments tend to affect any potential enjoyment I might get from future chapters.
I know I’m not the only one to do this. We readers are a curious bunch, always hungry for more knowledge.
Anyway, there are attempts at building a world that was both technologically advanced yet highly monitored and policed–a safer, strictly controlled London you could say. Here, the world-building is laughably weak, and developments laughably postponed in order to draw out the suspense. I mean, there’s only so many times one can read about the interrogator being interrogated willingly before giving up.
Give up, I did not. Not in Slated. I continued on to read its sequel Fractured, and after questioning the relationship and character development and reading through more plots than either I could ignore or the story could sustain, I called it a day.