Series: Slated #1
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books on January 24th 2013
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Kyla has been Slated—her memory and personality erased as punishment for committing a crime she can’t remember. The government has taught her how to walk and talk again, given her a new identity and a new family, and told her to be grateful for this second chance that she doesn’t deserve. It’s also her last chance—because they’ll be watching to make sure she plays by their rules.
As Kyla adjusts to her new life, she’s plagued by fear. Who is she, really? And if only criminals are slated, why are so many innocent people disappearing? Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation. She knows a dangerous game is being played with her life, and she can’t let anyone see her make the wrong move . . . but who can she trust when everyone is a stranger?
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Read to: page 120ish of 448 plus the ending chapter or so
The Final Straw:
Slated, Slated, Slated. I really, and I mean really, wanted to like you. And for a while there was a time that I did.
Slated standouts in a sea of dystopians for its thought-provoking and original concept. You will have no argument here from me in regards to Slated's concept. Bottom line: I adored it. Slated tackles the long debated idea of Nature versus Nurture. Are we who we are because of our family line / genetics, or because of how we were raised / grew up. And if we take away that trigger, can a person change? Will a serial killer, for example, with no memory of who they are / were still eventually become a serial killer? The debate and discussion possibilities with this concept are limitless.
So, if I liked the concept so much… then what is the problem? Why was Slated a DNF? There is no easy answer. However, there were two major aspects that made me reach the decision to quit Slated.
First, the world. Maybe part of this issue is my fault for not continuing Slated, but I had the hardest time trying to figure this world out. You know from the very first pages that Kyla has been slated. You, as a reader, understands what it is to be slated. But that is about it. I am guessing that Slated takes place in the future some time, but from every other detail given the story could be taking place right at this moment. I am sure if I had continued on, eventually, Slated would have given enough detail to make it feel futuristic-ish. But in the pages that I read, I had a hard time coming to terms with the society presented and such an advance procedure being related.
The pacing. I have said it before and I will say it again: I don't care if a book has slow pacing. However, there has to be something there additionally to keep me motivated to move past the slowness. Unfortunately, Slated did not have that extra something. While the concept was fantastic and the characters were starting to warm up to me, that is all I had. And sadly, it wasn't enough.