In 2050s London, young criminals are given a second chance at a ‘normal’ life through the concept of Slating – the process of wiping a candidates memory. Each Slated is then fitted with a device known as a Levo which records their happiness levels and, after a period of rehabilitation, they are ready to meet their new family and begin a new life.
Kyla Davis, the sixteen year old protagonist of Slated, is different. Not only did she require a longer processing period than most others, she also instinctively knows things which her slating should have blocked – things about her past.
In an environment becoming increasingly more oppressive through the constant intimidation of Lorders, Kyla is caught between her desperate thirst for self discovery and the dangers that are sure to come from pushing the boundaries.
The Good - The cover is amazing, it completely sucked me in. The story itself is also a great balance of mystery, suspense and science fiction and, in an environment saturated in dystopian fiction, the book stands apart from the rest as being somewhat unique. Terry’s writing style is also a major plus for this novel. Her sentences allow for steady action and the book flows easily between scenes.
The Bad - It seems inconsistent that cell phones and netbooks are still in use during a time when ones brain can be completely wiped, and when technology as advanced as the Levo is in existence. I also thought the relationship between Kyla and Ben was lacking in substance. While I don’t personally crave a great romance in every book I read, I do feel that a greater attempt to develop the relationship between Kyla and Ben would have allowed the reader to invest in the characters more and would have created a greater impact in regard to Ben’s actions toward the close of the book.
Overall, I very much enjoyed Slated, it was definitely hard to put down. The end leaves a lot of unanswered questions and I honestly do not know how I will manage to wait for the next book!