Slated is set in the not too distant future in a worryingly believable version of the UK. It tells the story of Kyla who has gone through a process called Slating meaning her memory has been erased leaving her to start her life all over again with a new family.
The process of Slating was introduced as a way to eradicate young terrorists and other criminals. All those who have been Slated are required to wear a Levo which is like a non-removable bracelet that monitors the wearer’s emotions. These reminded me of a mixture between the tracking devices worn by some of the Crims in the Uglies series and the collars from Battle Royale. Anger and violence can cause the Levo number to drop too low and this should cause the wearer to blackout but Kyla soon discovers she is different when anger causes her levels to rise rather than fall.
Despite what has happened to her and not knowing anything about who she used to be Kyla is quite a strong protagonist. Whilst overall I didn’t dislike her I also found her actions frustrating at times although I guess they are understandable under the circumstances. There are several other characters who play an important part in the story however the one that stood out to me in particular was Kyla’s mother, or rather her new mother. She seemed to have the most interesting background story which left me wanting to know more about her family in particular her parents who played a crucial part in the existence of Slating.
Terry’s writing style is clear and concise and effortlessly takes you on Kyla’s journey alongside her. She is able to make you question yourself throughout and wonder what you would do in Kyla’s position under the terrifying circumstances that are all too plausible. As there are so many dystopian YA novels around right now it would be easy to get it wrong or become repetitive but Terry has created a world which still manages to feel fresh and interesting. The story itself isn’t as action-packed as some comparable titles, instead it is much more realistic as we follow Kyla’s day to day life post-Slating. This aspect in particular makes it so easy to imagine your own everyday life being changed in the same way and because the edits Terry has made are so convincing it’s hard not to picture yourself emerged in her version of our world.
Slated wasn’t quite as engaging as some of the other books I have read in this genre but I did really enjoy it am looking forward to hopefully finding out more about the development of Slating and of course Kyla’s past life in the second installment Fractured. 4/5
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