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Belle's Book Club: Slated

Hey everyone


Next up in my Belle's Book Club: Summer 2013 series I'm sharing - Slated by Teri Terry


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Synopsis (via Goodreads

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 Thoughts

The limited  explanation in the blurb of this book really intrigued me, so I just had to read it. 

I found this book totally gripping all of the way through. I think that the science-y bit about 'slating' people was really interesting to me because of my science background. I was a little bit worried that the slating method/reason wouldn't be explained very well so would compromise how believable the book would be but there was no need for me to be worried - the whole slating process and background to the dystopian society Terry created in the book was explained really well and was so easy to slip in to, believe and engage with fully. 

Kyla was an amazing protagonist - following along with her trying to establish who she is, who she was before and how come she is so different was really engaging. Her voice was clear and relate able all of the way through - very easy to identify with.

Ben's character was so adorable, the partnership between him and Kayla was predictable but how the ending factored in with Kayla's dream was really interesting yet utterly heartbreaking. Not a fan.

Kayla's Mum was a very interesting character - I really wasn't a fan of her at first but she definitely grew on me - just as she did for Kayla so the way that Terry made me feel like her protagonist was feeling was very clever.

I found Kayla's Dad's character just really odd. I definitely think that there is something fishy going on there with him. I'm looking forward to hopefully learning more about his character in the next book - I definitely feel like he needs to be explained a whole lot more.

I enjoyed the exploration of who gets slated and why - and how there was something being hidden by the government that Kayla was trying to find out - very engaging, it made me wonder what was being covered up and why. Although this wasn't explored in this book, I feel like it was introduced and set up well for the sequel.

The ending and the realisation for both Kayla and me as a reader was super amazing - the cumulative effect of all the events previous was a real revelation - it was a really good technique employed by the author to pull everything together to make sense for the reader at the same time that Kayla began to figure everything out - very clever how everything fell in to place and how her sporadic dream sequences all came together and made sense - finally!

I cannot wait to read the sequel! I want to know what will happen to Kayla now!

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo

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