May 29, 2015

Review: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Title: The Murder Complex
Author: Lindsay Cummins
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Dystopian
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An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller--set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate--that Booklist called "carefully crafted . . . chilling." "Legend meets La Femme Nikita in this dark and dangerous bloody thriller. The nonstop action of The Murder Complex kept us guessing at every twist and turn. It's a must for fans of action-packed dystopians like The Hunger Games andDivergent."--Justine Magazine

Meadow Woodson, a sixteen-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 the futuristic Florida Everglades. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, a secret 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


I started this book with pretty high expectations, because it had been getting a lot of attention on social media, and I'm sorry to say it just didn’t live up to my expectations. I was hoping this to be an action packed story with kick ass characters and some sort of a good "love story". 

I only got two of those things. We get two pretty badass main characters, especially Meadow. Honestly, I was rooting for her from the first page. Her love for her sister Peri was absolutely adorable and I really enjoyed Meadows family dynamics, although the parenting was unconventional (well, at least in todays world) they were extremely entertaining to read. The plot twist was a bit predictable but I enjoyed it nonetheless. 

Now while most of the book was good, I did have some issues. The actual descriptions of the world are a bit rough. While I was reading them I didn’t feel like it was Meadow or Zephyr talking about the world they live in, it felt like the author was telling me the premise of her book. I also didn’t enjoy Meadow and Zephyr’s relationship…at all. It was cringe worthy at times and progressed way too fast. I felt that if Zephyr was removed as the love interest and Meadow did everything by herself I would have enjoyed the book more. I just couldn’t wrap my head around how he was saying he was in love with her after he JUST met her. It was not plausible. Overall, it was pretty good, but I think it had the potential to be more.

The Murder Complex was pretty gruesome-the title basically speaks for itself- so if you aren’t into lots of killing and blood then this probably isn’t for you, but if that doesn’t bother you and you’re looking for something fast paced and action packed you should definitely give this a try!


My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars




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