Publisher: Greenwillow Books (June 10, 2014)
Genre: Dystopia, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: ARC Hardcover (400 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher for honest review
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
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.
At A Glance
Another hard book to rate. It had its good and bad moments.
I don’t know what’s up with me not being able to decide if I like a book or not lately. But The Murder Complex is another one of those “I don’t know” books.
I did enjoy a good portion of this book. The concept was badass. Programmed assassins? Hells yeah! And let’s face it, I am a little obsessed with violent books. And The Murder Complex had violence in spades. Be ready to be grossed out by a lot of blood and rotting flesh. I even gaged once, no joke. Lindsay didn’t hold anything back with her writing. It was gritty and frighteningly descriptive.
I loved the twists and turns sprinkled throughout the novel. The plot was thick with hidden secrets and evil masterminds. You can’t really trust any character because almost everyone is out for themselves or for power. The depth of evil it would take to make these characters real is a freaking scary thought. If people like that ruled my world, I would give up. LOL. I am just not as strong as Meadow and Zephyr. Mad respect for their resilience and determination.
But even if I respected Meadow and Zephyr, I never really liked them. I felt nothing for them. They could fight like bad mofos, but their personalities were lacking and their inner thoughts weren’t anything to write home about. The switching POV chapters were super confusing because they both had such similar voices.
Even though the plot was interesting, it didn’t always make sense. It seemed like things happened just to happen, not because the plot dictated it. I also think, with the amazing concept, there could have been more creativity all the way around. But I found myself letting this book fall into the long line of average dystopians.
The world building was lacking a bit and the writing style didn’t flow for me. It felt stilted and cut off.
The insta-love! Shoot me now. I have never seen such a bad case of insta-love. Meadow fell for Zephyr at first sight, and Zephyr, wait for it…fell for Meadow BEFORE he even met her. He dreamed of her. Yeah, lame. I just can’t. Gag me! And then I felt no connection between them when they started to admit their feelings. Don’t read this book for the romance. It really brought it down.
Bad characters and insta-love but great action and concept. This one will have to be up to you. I think this is a middle of the road book. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great. I don’t regret reading it and I had fun for the most part. So, yeah, I kind of recommend it. Just a little.
The stars are out tonight. But the stars aren’t what I want to see right now.
It’s the moon. The moon that reminds me of the moonlit girl.
My moonlit girl. She’s the cure to my nightmares, the one thing that helps me feel safe when I can’t even trust my own dreams to harbor me.
There aren’t many things I want.
But stars, I want the moonlit girl.
“The image of his face, with his oddly imperfect smile, and his emerald eyes, haunts me the rest of the day.”
“Count to three. Relax your mind. Now survive.”