Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

"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?"

The Murder Complex marks the literary debut of Lindsay Cummings and I might say it is a good one. Based on a dystopian world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate, this novel follows two characters, Meadow and Zephyr and their struggles to survive in this world.

First thing readers should take into account is that this book is quiet graphic when it comes to violence. It is explicit and does not hold back any gruesome details but, at the same time, it is not impossible to read even though the reader can picture everything very easily in their heads. And with blood and violence we always have action and to be honest The Murder Complex is full with it. There is not a boring moment. Every time you turn a page, something happens. A bonus for this entire action-packed story is the fast-pacing within it. This book is 398 pages long but it feels like a shorter read and for me what helped it to be so fast-paced were not only the two points of view (Meadow and Zephyr) but also the short chapters, which added fluidity to the plot and introduced the reader into the minds of both protagonists which are good to understand them both.

I might say one thing that bugged me at the beginning was the instalove feeling between Meadow and Zephyr but the author smoothed it throughout the story by one, not focusing on the romance all the time and two, not adding a love triangle. Thank goodness for that. And even though there were some predictable parts as a whole it was a very nice book with quite a cliffhanger at the end.

Summing up, I will say The Murder Complex is a great beginning to a trilogy with loads of potential and an ending that will leave readers craving for more. The trilogy looks very promising but we will have to wait to see how this story fully develops. 


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