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?
Slated by Teri Terry
Published May 3rd 2012 by Orchard Books
"Never forget who you are."Wow. I just LOVED this book. Definitely one of my favorite reads this year. I was intrigued with the premise of the novel. The author weaves a twisting tale with an in-depth plot. In a not so distant future -set in England- a new law is made, kids under 16 years of age, those who were criminals are sentenced to Slating- "wiping memories and personalities- so they could start over again.". However, the Slateds wears Levo (reads their emotion level thing) on their wrists and any traces of violence, it will drop and their body will shut down, dead. But Kyla is different from the other Slateds. And there's more than meet the eyes.
Slateds gets a second chance. Or do they?
Slated is brilliantly written. I was moved by the vivid world Teri built, it's both amazing and terrifying. It's realistic and thought-provoking. While I read this book I kept imagining myself living in this kind of world. How does it feel to have your memories taken away? Us naturals and with Slateds, together. Living in a perfect harmony. But no, there is more beyond this Slating. Dark mysteries were revealed bit by bit through out the story without killing the suspense, made me unable to put this book down. I was eager to find out what was Kyla's life before Slating. What crime did she commit? Who can she trust? And who is lying?
I don’t mention the foot that tripped me, or theYou go girl!
laughter that followed when I hauled myself up. Or
how I’d turned and was ready to smash that girl in the
face. And she knew it, too: a look of uncertain fear
crossed her eyes before Ben pulled me away.
Characters are all well-developed and believable. Kyla is such a great protagonist, she grew on me. I loved her, I loved how curious and strong she could be. And like I've said, she is different which totally made her such an enthralling character. And the rest of the supporting characters were just as realistic. The Lorders(like guards) were freaking scary. And you know that feeling when you don't want to trust this someone yet? I was like that for Kyla, was scared for her to trust people because I cared for her that much. And there is also romance here, ofcourse. Where's the fun in that? But this is not a fluffy romance at all. Which I always find really refreshing once in a while. Just the right amount of romance and humor.
‘Maybe she tortured little children ‘cos they were*Snorts*
the only ones smaller than her.’
‘Maybe she set fire to her house and roasted her
parents alive. Sort of a mum and dad barbecue. Bet
I spin around.
‘Maybe I slit someone’s throat with a palette knife.’
I balance it on one hand as if checking the weight.
One of the awesome parts were the the shocking twists and jittery suspense! My mind was racing fast. I was like, Holy eff! What can I say? I mean loved loved loved this book. There's more questions that needs answer and loose ends to be tied though. I cant wait for the second book already, I'd kill for a copy!
Riveting, gritty, clever, character and plot driven story. Sci-fi dystopian fans will definitely enjoy this book.
‘I’m sorry. I won’t do it again, I won’t. I promise!’
‘Enough of your promises. You can’t be trusted.’
His voice is full of regret; sadness, even.
‘Give me your left hand,’ he says, and when I don’t, he
‘You have to learn. I’m sorry.’
And I almost believe he means it, as he smashes my
fingers, one by one, with a brick.
‘No. If the past is unbearable, why choose to bear it?’
I shrug. Because it is mine.
All we can do is live our lives as they are
now; be who we are, now.’