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Young Adult Fiction 6361
Terrifying concept
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Meadow Woodson knows how to survive thanks to her father. She will do whatever it takes to keep herself and her family alive and safe. Zephyr James is a ward, an orphan, assigned to clean up the dead. He keeps waking up with bodies around him and blood on his hands, but with scattered memories of what happened. They live in The Shallows, a place where people must pass a test in order to get a job, to get food, where pirates demand payments for passage, where no one’s allowed outside the perimeter, but no one ever gets sick either. The Murder Complex deals with the growing population by doing just as their name suggests.

This book was really action-packed and the dual POV’s worked really well together to keep the tension high. The back-and-forth flowed into each other instead of breaking it up and losing everything the previous chapter worked to build up.

Meadow is a very interesting character. Her father has been training her for years, she’s smart, she can fight, she’s definitely a survivor. Her only weakness is wanting to keep the people she loves safe. There was never the feeling that, if she ended up at the head of the rebellion, if would be an accident and she’d be in over her head. Zephyr was also interesting. He had the weight of so many secrets on him and he struggled with them but there was a spark in him. The more he learned about who he was and why his memories were sometimes hazy, the more I felt for him. I love how the connection between them started off as mutual fascination into something deeper.

The plot, as mentioned, as very action-packed, especially toward the end. Sometimes it did seem to move a little fast, there was so much going on and so much being revealed in the last 1/3 that it felt like it would be easy to miss something important. The quick pace made it a fast read until the end when there was so much going on. The concept is both interesting and horrifying, definitely one of the more disturbing ones I’ve read.

The cover is perfect for the book. It’s dark and matches up with the tagline. It’s definitely one that would have me picking up the book in store.
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