Title: The Murder Complex
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date: June 10, 2014
After an extended hiatus due to my new job and NaNoWriMo, I’m back with book reviews! This is a review of a book that was published a while ago, but it was new to me, and I loved it so much that I couldn’t let it go without reviewing it.
A brief summary from the author’s website:
The Murder Complex is an action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate.
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 is it part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?
Okay, so despite the proliferation of dystopian YA fiction this year, this one is actually worth your time. The intensity behind this plot practically leaps off the page. The perspective switches between Meadow and Zephyr, both of whom are sympathetic protagonists and who act as foils for each other quite nicely.
Government conspiracy, secrets, romance – this book has it all. The world that Cummings puts forth is terrifying and acts as a stark reminder of the capabilities of human cruelty, especially in the face of blurred moral lines. I was particularly compelled by both main characters’ struggles between their individual needs and desires and their strong loyalty to their families and friends.
Yes, there are some parts that are cliche, and there are a few plot holes. But I was enthralled by these characters and their plight, and I think that’s what matters the most. If you want a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat – and will keep you up at night the week after you finish it – give this one a try. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
5 out of 5 stars.