I LOVED this book.
Slated by Teri Terry is a young adult dystopian story set in 2050s England.
In an attempt to rehabilitate young criminals, the government has developed a procedure known as slating. To be slated means to have your memories wiped clean and then, with the help of a Levo device (a sort of wristwatch that monitors your mood) the Slateds can have a fresh start at life, free from any urges to commit crime or step out of line — in theory.
Female protagonist Kyla, is the kind of kick-ass heroine that seems to be trending in YA right now. She’s smart, sassy and she gets bonus points from me because she hates broccoli and likes Yorkshire puddings and gravy on her Sunday roast.
Having undergone the slated procedure, we first meet Kyla in hospital as she’s re-discovering how to walk and talk. We then follow her as she attempts to adjust to her new life under the watchful eye of enigmatic physician, Doctor Lysander.
What I enjoyed most about this story was the mystery element that ran throughout. From the moment Kyla begins her new, clean-cut, smiling insanely life as a slated something doesn’t feel quite right. A series of violent, thought provoking dreams leads her to wonder who she was and what she did before her life as a slated began. She starts asking questions, and as every dystopian reader knows questioning the guys in charge can be very detrimental to your health and longevity.
Kyla’s dreams grow more vivid, she becomes more curious and it isn’t long before she finds herself with a fistful of dangerous information, treading into unsafe territory. Add to this a new family who’s behaviour seems more than a little suspicious, a terrorist group that wants to do away with the slating procedure, and members of a small community that keep being bundled into the back of black vans, never to be seen again, and you’ve got a cracking story.
With a character driven plot, Slated lacks the epic fight/battle scenes like those in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy or Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. But don’t let my use of the word ‘lack’ stir up negative connotations, Slated does NOT suffer. This story never felt stale, or tired. There was far too much intrigue for that. I strongly recommend reading this book.
My only criticism is that I have to wait for the sequel which I believe will be titled Fractured and is slated (do you see what I did there?) for release in May 2013.