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?
Slated is the debute novel by author Teri Tery and is up for the Anobii First Book Award.
Is is the story of 16 year old Kyla who is just leaving hospital to join her new family after having been slated. This is the process carried out on criminals to allow them to become useful members of society. However it can only be carried out on people under the age of 16. As Kyla settles into her new life she learns how to deal with her emotions, which are monitored by a bracelet that can knock her out, or even kill her if she gets to angry or upset. At first she finds drawing and stroking the cat to be useful but as she starts going to group and school she makes friends with a runner named Ben who gets her interested in running to.
Soon into her new life Kyla begins to realise that she isn’t a normal slated. She seems to have a better understanding than most and isn’t happy as expected. In fact she seems to be able to be angry without her levo (the name for her bracelet) realising. She is also more aware and curious about the things going on about her and they soon become very strange. Her doctor seems to be allowing her do things she shouldn’t be and she starts to wonder why things are the way they are and who she was.
Kyla’s world seems to become very dangerous and it is very interesting to read about. Set in the future, post 2020, it is easy to see how our society could have become how Teri has imagined it. The idea or wiping the minds of criminals is one that is interesting to think about and she has managed to challenge what may seem like a very good idea. The book was very easy to read and I felt taken in by the different parts of the plot. She has created a whole dystopian world to be interested in not just a good character and I can’t wait to read more in the next two books.
Teri Terry will also be at the Edinburgh International Book Festival for the first time this year. Talking with other authors about writing dystopian fiction and books for teenagers. I hope by next year however she may have her own talk about her series.