I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Genres: Dystopian, YA
Published by Greenwillow Books Pages: 398
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.
It is the key to survival, the key to life. My father’s old dagger.
What I thought about the book
I have a love/hate relationship with Dystopians, they are to much a like some times for me to enjoy them. Some of them I hate and some I really enjoy. Well The Murder Complex was one I actually enjoyed. 🙂
Meadow has been trained by her father how to survive, but there is more to the story than what he is telling her. She thinks it’s because her mother died and he wants her to be strong, but it’s more than that.
Zephyr has grown up thinking he was just another orphan, but he is more than that as he has been trained and programmed to kill people. He hates himself some times and weeps for those he has killed and he knows he is different but he just doesn’t know why.
Then one day Meadow saves Zephyr and things go very wrong. Something happens to put the Initiative to chasing them which throws their lives and Meadows family into chaos.
Meadow finds out some things about her mother that she is not really happy to know about and now she has to try and correct things, but it’s more complicated than she ever thought.
The Murder Complex isn’t really that much different than a lot of other dystopians but I really liked the concept. How would people deal with things falling as they did and then someone finding a cure that changes everything. I would hate to think that our government would invoke a Murder Complex but this day and age you never know.
It’s a dark and deary setting, but with most dystopians there is this little grain of hope and a couple of teenagers that have to risk life and limb to save the place they live in.
Over all I really enjoyed it but I am not really big on cliffhanger endings and this one has a good one! So remember that going it as I so want to get my hands on The Death Code now! For a debut author (as this was her first one last year) I thought she did a very good job. If you like dystopians then you need to give it a try.