Slated by Teri Terry
Published: May 3rd, 2012 (Orchard)
Source: for review
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge 2012
Series: Slated #1
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Kyla's memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever.
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?
With a premise as fascinating as this one, it's easy to be let down - but Slated delivered!
At the beginning of the book we meet Kayla, a girl who has no memory of her past life, because she was slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, which gave them reason to 'reset' her. She has to build up an entire new life, with a new family, new friends, new school. And if that wasn't stressful enough, she has to make sure she stays calm, or she will be knocked out as a safety precaution to make sure she doesn't fall back in her old habits.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The plot is made out of several story lines, and not one of them is predictable. I really liked how all the plotlines made for an interesting story and at the end I had so many questions that I wanted answered! Who is on whose side, why was she slated, what's going to happen now? I guess I'll have to wait for book two to find out..
The writing is easy to read, which is a bliss with such a carefully woven together plot. I really liked Kyla. She was easy to relate to and I could totally understand her confusion, her hesitation and her insecurities because we are just as new to her situation as she is. The only tiny little thing I felt could have been better for me, was Kyla's relationship with Ben. I just didn't feel the connection between the two, although I could see his appeal. I'm hoping that will be explored a little bit more in the next book, but other than that, I really liked this book.
Slated is a great debut, packed with intrigue, mystery, and a fantastic plot and I would definitely recommend adding it to your list for the debut author challenge. I'll be picking up book two as soon as I can get my hands on it!