Imagine waking up and having no idea who you are or where you are. You learn that your memory has been wiped because you’re done something bad. You’ve been given a second chance at life but you have what is effectively a bomb attached to your wrist. If you get too angry, sad, or depressed you’ll start having seizures and die. If you step out of line you could disappear and never be seen again, so in order to survive you must be a perfect citizen and follow the rules. This is what life is like for Kyla in Teri Terry’s new book, Slated.
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?
Slated is a tense, psychological thriller, that keeps you guessing and leaves you hungry for more. In the future society of Slated, teenagers that are considered a danger to society are rehabilitated by having their memories wiped. They have no idea of who they are or what they did to be Slated, and they’re adopted by a new family. Every Slated has a Levo on their wrist which monitors their levels; if they get angry or scared, their levels drop and when they are happy their levels rise. If levels get too low Slateds can black out and even die, so it is important to keep their levels mid-way or higher. Kyla is different though, because she has horrible nightmares that have links to past events and anger has a strange affect on her levels.
If I had a Levo my levels would be pretty low because Teri’s story and some of the characters made me quite tense. Like Kyla, you’re never really sure who to trust or who might be listening to her conversations. Teri keeps you guessing about why Kyla is different, why Kyla’s parents act so strange and what happens to the teenagers that disappear. Teri answers some of these questions in Slated but leaves you hanging so you desperately want to read the next book, Fractured (coming in 2013).
4 out of 5 stars