Pages: 416 pages (hardcover)
Genre/Style: YA Dystopian
Goodreads Summary: 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. See more at Goodreads.
Score: 11 out of 12
What we loved: I love the fact that this book is very fast pace and chock full of lots of action. I didn’t want to put it down because one thing after another kept happening. The suspense was very satisfying.
Zephyr! This guy is super goofy and lovable but he also has this dark mysterious side I absolutely love. Meadow is so brave and strong. Just reading about all the hard-core training she has gone through and continues to go through makes me want to start taking karate and life preserving lessons.
Finally, the Floridian landscape this book is set in is very different from other Dystopian books I have read. That’s one of the main reasons why I loved reading this book so much. Now-a-days, many Dystopian books start to sound the same, so The Murder Complex was a breath of fresh air.
What we didn’t: The only thing I didn’t like so much was the gore but duh, it’s called The Murder Complex so of course there is going to be a lot of gore in it. If you’re the squeamish type, you may not want to read this one. As told in the summary, “Blood-soaked” is a fairly accurate description.
Characters you’ll be glad you met: You’ll love Zephyr and Meadow for sure. These two are complete opposites but they balance each other out. The relationship that blooms between them throughout this book is very interesting.
Why we think Hunger Games fans should give it a try: If Hunger Games fans enjoy bad-ass Heroine characters like Katniss, then they will thoroughly enjoy Meadow and her bravery. Hunger Games fans will also appreciate the vast Dystopian aspects of The Murder Complex.
Although The Murder Complex ends on a major twist and cliffhanger, it leaves you (and me!) wanting more. I so cannot wait for the second book to release!
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