by Teri Terry
Part of the Slated Trilogy series
The first book in the bestselling and multi award-winning Slated trilogy. 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? Book 1 in the acclaimed SLATED trilogy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 03/05/2012
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781408319468
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Review by BookRatMisty
With dystopian books being as popular as they are right now, it always makes me a little wary when I pick one up. I mean, I love them, don't get me wrong. But it's inevitable when you have a lot of something that they each get a little farther from the core of what makes that something good. Each dystopia seems to be a little...fluffier than the last, and a little more farfetched. To me, you can see the <i>truth</i>&nbsp;in a good dystopia. As bizarre as the society portrayed may be, some little part of you is made <u>extremely</u>&nbsp;uncomfortable while reading it because it feels like it could maybe happen. Dystopias hold up a mirror to some aspect of our society, and then project that aspect to its logical extreme.While <i>Slated</i>&nbsp;may occasionally fall into some of the fluffy-dystopia traps (not <i>every</i>&nbsp;book needs a romance, dammit!), it generally wiggles itself right back out of those traps, and more importantly, touches on what makes dystopia dystopia - it feels like it could happen.The idea of Slating, of a forced mind-wipe, is intriguing because it's something I could <i>easily</i>&nbsp;see being researched in a lab somewhere <b>right now</b>. I mean, it's reprogramming, essentially, and <i>we already do that</i>&nbsp;in one form or another. But what makes it so eerie, what makes it seem so plausible, is the idea of it being presented as something altruistic and just - the best, boldest, kindest solution to a problem. Why lock criminals away and let them rot? What good is that doing? What if instead we could simply <i>remake</i>&nbsp;them? What if we could reach into their brains, give their memory Etch-a-Sketch a little shake, and begin anew? And as a failsafe, we'll just have this little brain monitor that would zap the hell out of you if you tried to hurt someone - and maybe even if you get too sad...Wouldn't <i>everyone</i>&nbsp;be better off then? The criminals would get a chance to be productive and happy, and the criminalized would get to feel safe again. Problem solved.See how easy it is to justify something like this? I guarantee there are people in our society now who would absolutely see the benefits in this and would even promote the science.That is, if it weren't for one little thing: abuses. Because let's be honest, there's NO WAY this wouldn't be abused. And there you have it: the crux of dystopia. How far can you go before the potential good is outweighed by the potential bad? Terry walked this line really well and as the book went on, was clearly able to convey the snowball effect something like this would have, and the way this kind of legislature/propaganda&nbsp;would creep up on the general public until they find themselves having agreed to a totalitarian society with no real recourse to change things <i>back</i>.But getting beyond the dystopian aspect, the book is just thoroughly readable. It's engaging right from the start, and Kyla is an intriguing main character. She's fascinating because she doesn't know who she is now or who she was before, but she lives in fear of her unknown past - what must she have done to be slated? The reader is right there with her, wondering if Kyla was part of a terrorist organization, wondering if she was an abused child who turned the tables - wondering what could possible have gotten this bright, artistic, seemingly sweet child slated. As a character with no past, she could have seemed substance-less, but she didn't at all. In fact, she is a sharp counterpoint to many of the other slateds around her, and she only becomes more complex and intriguing (and even more mysterious) as the story goes on.Now, as I mentioned above, there is a romance, and frankly I could have done with out it. But that's because I'm heartless. I think it was actually pretty well handled (for the most part) and didn't seem forced on the story for the sake of having the Obligatory YA Romance. And there was one thing that happened in the end that redeemed the story-as-far-as-romance-goes for me, and it's spoilery so I'm not going to tell you what, but when you read it you're going to say,&nbsp;<i>Man, she wasn't kidding about being heartless...</i><i></i>And that's all I'm going to say, other than this: When I started this, I stayed up very late into the night and read the first 100+ pages in one sitting. But this was just before Fairy Tale Fortnight, so I really <i>had</i>&nbsp;to put it down, because frankly I should never have picked it up yet. I didn't <i>mean</i>&nbsp;to read the first 100+ pages, I just wanted to get a feel for the story. Putting it down and not coming back to it for almost a month could have <b>really</b>&nbsp;backfired. Sometimes a story grips you in the beginning and you read it voraciously and <u>LOVE IT</u>&nbsp;at the time, and then once you've had some breathing room, you're like, What exactly did I like about that again? It's book crack, and though you love it initially, you regret it later. Putting this down could have revealed this as book crack, if it wasn't a good story. But when I came back to it, I was <i>right back in it</i>&nbsp;like I'd never left. It engulfed me again, and when I was finished, all I could think was how <i>l o n g</i>&nbsp;the wait was going to be until the next book.So. Long.So now I need you to read it so we can commiserate. ;D
Review by tripsis
Slated has one of the coolest stories to it. Ever. It takes place in futuristic England where young teenage criminals are given a second chance. Rather than being put to death or imprisoned for life, they can be “rehabilitated” by being Slated. Their memories and personalities are erased and they are given a clean slate. They start over from scratch, relearn the basics, and most importantly, they are equipped with a “Levo” device. This device monitors their emotions and their happiness levels. If they get too sad or too angry, their Levo device knocks them out and can even kill them. This is to prevent the criminals from reverting back to their old, violent ways.So this story is basically about Kyla being Slated and given a new adopted home. She goes to school and tries to fit in. But along the way she starts remembering things, presumably from her old life, even though that shouldn’t be possible. She begins to question everything around her and doesn’t know who to trust.I just thought the ideas in this book were great. I loved the idea of teenage criminals who were supposedly so bad that they had to be wiped clean. I loved the conspiracy surrounding this, and the awesome technology it involved.I also thought Kyla was a great character. Despite having her memory erased, Kyla is constantly thinking for herself. She learns very quickly, is incredibly perceptive, and doesn’t blindly accept everything as fact. This made her a very likable character because I felt like I could quite easily be her. As a reader, I’m sitting there desperately trying to find answers. I wanted to know what was going on. What’s the truth behind the Slateds? Where are these people disappearing to? Why was she Slated in the first place? And Kyla was right there with me asking all those questions. Although I loved that about her, that is kind of where my first issue with the book arises..Kyla asks all the right questions — all the questions that I wanted answers to. But after 448 pages, I felt like almost none of those questions were actually answered. There was so much information I was desperately starving for, but by the time I got to the end of the book, it still wasn’t there. It was honestly pretty frustrating because the book was a little slow at times but I kept telling myself, “Surely the ending will be epic!” ..but it wasn’t really. We do get bits and pieces of information, but it wasn’t the “z0mg all revealing” ending I was hoping for. On the bright side, I am inclined to think that this means the second book will be epic. There are so many unanswered questions and I’m desperately hoping that all will be revealed in book #2. If they are, then I’m sure book #2 will be incredible!As for some other characters, I loved some and didn’t like some. Most of them, I loved. I adored Kyla’s mum and dad because my first impressions were totally off. At the beginning, Kyla’s dad is portrayed as the nice guy who’s on her side, and her mum is portrayed as the evil, overbearing, dragon mother. But as the story progresses, they almost completely switch roles. We become very suspicious of Kyla’s dad because there are just so many questions.. and once again, there’s mystery surrounding her mum, but it seems like she might be more on Kyla’s side than we originally thought!Many of the other characters were very similar to Kyla’s mum and dad in the sense that I was constantly doubting their intentions. I literally had no idea who I could trust, who was a government pawn, and who actually sympathized with Kyla and saw her as a person rather than a criminal to experiment on.The one character I really didn’t like was Ben. I just felt like I didn’t “get” him, and that’s a shame because he’s a really key character and a love interest develops between him and Kyla. He’s Slated, just like she is. At the beginning I got the sense that he was kind of a clueless guy. Most of the Slateds are very unlike Kyla. Unlike her, they accept everything without question and they’re often just smiley, bubbly, and thoughtless. That’s what Ben seemed like. I just felt like he didn’t really fit well with Kyla. She’s one who questions everything, who’s dying for answers, who wants the truth. But Ben is just happy in his little mind-wiped bubble. I didn’t feel the spark or the chemistry between them.But issues aside, Slated was a really intriguing story. Teri Terry has created a fascinating world, and man, she knows all the right buttons to push to have me clawing for answers. I’m literally dying to see the conspiracies unravel and the truths to fall into place. That’s why I’m desperately hoping that the second book, Fractured, will put all the pieces into place and have that BIG BANG that I’m hoping for.
Review by drachenbraut23
The reason why I bought this was the blurb and the cover. This book definately did not dissapoint, it was a great read from the beginning to the end, although the ending suggests that there could be another one.Set in England sometimes in the 2030 Century the society is completely under the thumb of the government. After a economical and financial crash in the 2020 the government had to form a special police force to get on top of all the gang violence and lots of Teenagers got killed in the process. To stop the killing they started a programme which "slated" all young offenders under the age of 16 to give them second chances. "Slating" means their brains get wiped clean of all their memories, but also of their abillities motor skills, speech and any kind of knowledge. So once these kids are "slated" they have to learn everything again, like a small child. Once they are ready to go back into the community, suitable families are found for them. To keep a tight grip on the children all of them become a "Levo" which can't be removed without causing death. This "Levo" reads their happiness levels and once the level's get to low they can pass out and then die.This story is about Kyla a young teenager who apparently was part of a terrorist group. When she gets re-homed with a new family she adapts easily to her new environment, but also recognises quite early that she is different. She experiences regular flashbacks from her former life and her "Levo" does not work the way it is supposed to work, so she has to hide her puzzlements and her emotions.This book has a great and scary concept and has a lot of ethical views open to discussion. I very much enjoyed this book and look forward to ? (I am sure) to the next installment.
Review by wyvernfriend
This one is interesting. Kyla has been slated. It's what they do in the colition if you are a criminal, only it can only happen up to 16, you become a blank slate and you have to start your life again. Kyla is certain that there is something in her mind that she has to do something about and with, but what? Meanwhile she has a device attached that requires she maintain her equilibrium.It's a very interesting concept, an absolutist state that could wipe your memory and force you to start again, how could you rebel? There is no rebellion if there is no free thought and if you have to keep your emotional levels at a certain pitch you have to learn the tricks of not being upset. These then become routine, and you stop fighting the system, Very scary stuff indeed.This series shows promise and I look forward to reading more of it.
Review by dowsabella
Fiscal meltdown in Europe. A Coalition Government; the two parties don't agree on some things. Britain has left the EU. Sounds possible, even a little familiar?Add the Anti Government Terrorists who use bombs. Add the Lorders (rather like Secret Police in Communist Eastern Europe before the Berlin Wall came down).Many youngsters joined in the ensuing violence, and part of the Coalition thought they deserved to be rehabilitated, given a second chance at life.Enter Kyla. She has had her memories erased to give her this second chance, but what had she done that was so terrible? Killed? Destroyed?Kyla is not like the other Slated (mind wiped like a clean slate). She has odd flashbacks which shouldn't exist. She draws well until she damages her hand and, trying left-handed, discovers she draws much better than just 'well'. How? Why? Is it significant? Who is Lucy? Why do some people get taken away by the Lorders?This is not a book I would have chosen for myself, but it was given to me, signed by Teri Terry, so I tried it - and couldn't put it down. The story flows beautifully, developing into what looks like a massive Government conspiracy - but why?A very good read.
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