Book Review: Slated
By: Teri Terry
Published By: Nancy Paulson Books
Publication Date: January 24, 2013
Page Count: 448
Source: Amazon Vine UK
Audience: Young Adult - Science Fiction/Dystopian
When someone is Slated, their memories and personality are completely wiped clean (like the proverbial slate) and the person reverts to a childlike state. This can only be done to criminals under the age of 16, and when they awaken, their emotional levels are monitored by something called a Levo. The Levo ranges from 0 to 10; 5 is normal, 7 or above is super happy, and anything under 3 can cause blackouts, and convulsions.
Kyla has been Slated. She doesn’t know much about the world, but she knows she has to behave or else she might be taken away. She tries hard to settle into life with a family she knows isn’t really her own, although they are the only family she knows. She has hard lessons to learn about the world and how it works, including how she works. She has nightmares about fragments of a past she shouldn’t be able to remember, and she quickly comes to realize that she is different from other Slateds.
I found Kyla’s development to functioning & free thinking individual quite interesting, especially in comparison with other Slated characters who were much more suggestible. As she gained the confidence to ask questions, and the knowledge of who she could ask and trust, she became more and more intriguing. Her discoveries about the world and the way the government worked laid open many possibilities for a sequel which would be of interest to read.
For my part, I found the pace of developments a little lacking in Slated. I did enjoy reading many of the characters, in particular Kyla’s mother and father, who had quite subtle and complex roles in the story. The story is a good one, but it took me rather a long time to get into it and looking back, I feel like the second half was significantly better than the first half, which lead me to give the half birdie rating.
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?