Blurb from Goodreads
An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.
Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.
The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?
Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.
1. The setting. This book reminds me of Wither by Lauren DiStefano, another dystopian book where there isn’t much clarity in the setting. I need to know how far Meadow’s world takes place from now, because it can determine how advance their technology is and the experiment that her mother did. What happen with Zephyr and The Murder Complex need a very advance technology which I think quite impossible happens in just a couple of years, or even in a few decades. But I feel like it takes place not too far from our time now. How is it possible? And then, it takes place in Florida, I assume the dystopian happens in the US, how about other countries? Are they still exist or not? Again, it determines the main reason The Murder Complex exists. There isn’t any explanation about how and why that dytopian world happens either or the pre-Fall as the characters called. I.didn’t.buy.it
2. The characters. I’m not that impressed with both Meadow and Zephyr. Meadow is a bad-ass heroine. I love bad-ass heroine. But in some part she’s quite naive for a person who claims has been trained to survive for her whole life. And Zephyr, as a dangerous killer machine, he’s nothing compare to Meadow. So if he’s dangerous what does make her? I think he isn’t as dangerous as he supposed to be. There also part when everything seems too easy and too coincidences. I.didn’t.buy.them.either.
3. I wonder can I have a dystopian story without 16 years old characters whose have to face the test/trial kind of thing? I know in real life, in our present time, in some countries 16 years old means can take a test in order to get driving license. But it doesn’t mean that in the future, in dystopian world, it turns out to be a nightmare test, right? Don’t get me wrong, I love The Hunger Games and Legend series but after so many trials/tests in dystopian books, it’s just like the same old new story. It doesn’t that interesting anymore.
4. The Insta-love. What’s wrong with giving time for the characters to fall in love? I don’t find it’s appealing reading characters who declare their love only within days after they met for the first time. I barely know the characters but in only a few pages, within hours in their time, they have already known that they’re in love, feels like they know each other forever, and can’t live without each other. Well…again I.don’t.buy.it.
5. There are a lot of (sort of) foul languages here. I personally don’t mind with it. But it just feels ridiculous reading new one when it doesn’t sound like foul language. Maybe it’s created to make the story feels in the future. Language, just like human, is changing. What exist now might not exist in the future, I get that. The thing is when bitch, bastard and hell can survive from the extinction, why didn’t shit, fuck and butthead? Why didn’t make up all of the foul language or don’t change it at all if it sounds ridiculous. So here I got flux instead of fuck, skitz to replace shit and chumhead is a new word for butthead. There are also a lot of words/terms that don’t explain what all those mean.
As the blurb mentioned this book is action-packed, blood-soaked story. Yes, it’s indeed full of action and blood-soaked scenes. Maybe it’s the only thing that true from the story. However, I want something more than that. I want to believe that what I read is believable with reasonable reason and so much clarity that I didn’t have to question it, though I have to admit that the idea of the story is quite interesting and I liked the twists. Still it couldn’t make me buy it.
Since I’m kinda confused with all the terms/words that don’t have any explanation. I try to understand it in my own description. Here they are:
ChumHead = Butthead
Creds = Dollar; A currency
Dark Time = Curfew
Essential = A very important person; A VVIP
Flux = Fuck
A Graver = A riffraff
The Initiative = (some kind of ) The government
Leeches = The military
Night Siren = Alarm signal
Perimeter = The border, wall that surrounds the Shallows and (maybe) separate the Shallows from other place/countries.
Pin = Chip
Plague = Some kind of disease
Pulse = Electricity; Power-current
Rations = Amount of food and drink for the citizen
Sellout = An institution/agent which is under the Leeches’s authority
Shallows = A place where the story takes place
Skitz = Shit
Stars = Just a random word, (might be) similar with skitz but in positive meaning