Thursday, 6 September 2012

Slated , by Teri Terry

Slated (Slated, #1)
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Orchard Books
1408319462 (ISBN13: 9781408319468)
edition language
original title
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?
 My Review
What would you do if you thought you knew everything without knowing a single thing? Where you were always told what to do and your life was controlled by the remote controll monitor on your wrist? Where everyone around you had a secret they were keeping and were confinding you with it? and at night your mind is haunted by nightmares, that your not sure are nightmares but memories of a previous life? How would you act then, would you hunt out the truth or would you be happy with the way that your life is, and just let things be the way that they are meant to be. Well this is exactly what Kyla is having to deal with. For a girl who is so young she is having to deal with so many complications and with being a slated thats not going to be easy because she has rules to live by and complications to deal with. She has to pretend shes a normal teenage girl but without all the fun aspects to it. Its a life that none of us really want to imagine having to live and yet just by reading the book you can not help but connect and relate to what it is that she is puting across to you. You can see the very fact that she longs to search for the truth, especially when she discovers her second identity, her original name. Its a book that has a very thought provoking aspect to it that challenges you to consider the possibility that not everything is how it seems and that sometimes we want to hide the things that we dont want to live through or understand and work through.

There is a lot of emotional depth and power within this book and you find that you instantly connect with the main cahracter Kyla but also that you begin to understand the other characters that are there within her life. you begin to identify who are the ones that are looking out for her really and who are just fakes, trying to organize her life and tell her what to do. Her mum does come across as a dragon at the beginning of the novel and her dad comes across as the most amazing person, but by the end of the novel you figure out that its the other way around and you begin to get this feeling that her mum is having to deal with a lot more than she is letting on to and that she is not as happy as she is making herself out to be. I think thats one of the aspects that I liked about the book, the very fact that it showed and represented that there are a lot of mysteries and secrets to the outside world and even to the world that is close to us. It seemed to open my eyes and make me wonder just how close to those in my life I am and that of course worked in many levels.
The whole romance with Ben was a little cliche and it was clear what was going to happen there, though I dont think that is the last we have heard of ben. I admit his end was a little tragic but overall it was just a little to dramatic as well and just seemed to go against the natural flow and context of the book.Ben for me stood out like a sore thumb throughout the novel. I was more interested to see what Amy was hiding in her past, afterall she chose to be the way that she was, but also what happened to those that were taken away and made excuses for? like phoebe for instance. I loved and enjoyed the fact that there is still this huge air of mystery within the novel because it leaves you instantly wanting to read more, needing to read more merely so you can finish the jigsaw puzzle and understand it fully. 

I am giving this book a four star rating. it would have been a five star rating but the cliche thing with Ben was a little overdone for my liking and I dont think it would have made much difference if he wasnt really there within the story, but hey who knows what is to come. it may turn out that he is important to the overall plot of the novel. other than that it was a worthy read and one that I look forward to reading again and again.

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