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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Slated was my choice for one the past ''waiting on Wednesday'' m

Slated was my choice for one the past ''waiting on Wednesday'' memes and I remember how I fell in love with this book by the first sight. I have a soft spot for the dystopian genre and the blurb just pulled me in, making me simply crave the book. And then there's that w...
Slated was my choice for one the past ''waiting on Wednesday'' memes and I remember how I fell in love with this book by the first sight. I have a soft spot for the dystopian genre and the blurb just pulled me in, making me simply crave the book. And then there's that wonderful mysterious cover with Kyla's big green eyes and red lips and it just looks so lovely! So I ordered my copy at The Book Depository through a friend and she brought it to me to school the same day she received it. However, I wasn't the one who ended up reading it first. It was a very good friend of mine - she read the back page and started reading in the middle of Maths class, took the book home and finished it in a day and absolutely loved it. The same thing happened to me the very next day. Overall, yes the book is amazing.

We meet Kyla when she's being released from the hospital after being slated. We only learn what slating is through the book and right from the beginning I know I had like a million questions - why is this happening, what slating is, why was she slated, why is she special, and many many more. And the unknowing kept me hooked on every page, just waiting for everything to be revealed. Okay, so Kyla leaves the hospital with her new family and wearing Levo on her hand (since it's impossible to remove it I'm guessing it's somehow put partly inside of the skin). Levo controls her emotions and moods, threating to shut down her body if she gets swayed away with negative emotions - fear, anger, rage. People who get slated are ex-convicts and so she can't help but wonder what did she do? What was her crime? Especially when it seems that the slating process didn't completely work on her and she's getting constant nightmares and flashbacks.

Kyla was a great character for me. She went through a lot and is dealing with confusion, with a whole lot of unexplained things and she deals with all of that the best way she can. She doesn't crumble under pressure instead she gets stronger through the story. It seems everything is leading to the big finale when she finally figures everything out - her past, who she is, what's her story. The ending is quite ice-breaking, giving you a few answers and leaving a whole lot of new questions. But it's okay. I'm a sucker for cliff-hangers, they make me want to read the next book more. :)

I didn't quite get her relationship with Ben, who's her love interest. He's slated too and well... people who were slated are all bubbly and full of positive emotions, basically brain-washed completely, following the rules and just spitting their senseless optimism everywhere without ever doubting the world around them. They're nothing but puppets. And Ben felt that way to me too - though he had 'bright' moments when he wanted to rebel and chapter by chapter slowly drifted away from the system. But there are some things he does in the end that I simply can't agree with, because I find them childish, foolish and immature.

I loved the writing, oh my. Teri Terry really knows what she's doing, honestly. I didn't really care much about the romance in the book, because I was too absorbed into Kyla's mind and her solving the riddle to be even bothered with what was going on with Ben *sue me*. Okay, I also loved other characters - I would love to see more of Mac and Jazz. Mac has this whole underground rebellion thing going on and Jazz is dating Kyla's sister but somehow I see him click with Kyla way more than Ben. I don't know, it just seemed to me he understood her better, he really admired her because she wasn't like others and refused to be brain-washed and used like a marionette. Also Nico or Hatten... don't want to give up much about him, since he shows up somewhere in the middle of the book. But he has a history with Kyla from before she was Slated and I'm very interested to see what was going on back then.

This dystopian world is amazing and full of potentials. The whole Levo thing with controlling the emotions reminds me of A Brave New World by Huxley where they used this drug to control everyone. And there's so many questions still opened... oh, really it's an amazing book. ^^ I would probably give it whole 5 stars if it wasn't for the Ben thing. But I'm definitely recommending this to all fellow dystopia lovers and to those who like to see the main characters growing up and developing a more complex personality through the book.

posted by -essence on June 16, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Im reading this book right now...actually.

Its awesome. You must give it a try! Its great!

posted by Anonymous on March 17, 2013

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

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    Slated was my choice for one the past ''waiting on Wednesday'' m

    Slated was my choice for one the past ''waiting on Wednesday'' memes and I remember how I fell in love with this book by the first sight. I have a soft spot for the dystopian genre and the blurb just pulled me in, making me simply crave the book. And then there's that wonderful mysterious cover with Kyla's big green eyes and red lips and it just looks so lovely! So I ordered my copy at The Book Depository through a friend and she brought it to me to school the same day she received it. However, I wasn't the one who ended up reading it first. It was a very good friend of mine - she read the back page and started reading in the middle of Maths class, took the book home and finished it in a day and absolutely loved it. The same thing happened to me the very next day. Overall, yes the book is amazing.

    We meet Kyla when she's being released from the hospital after being slated. We only learn what slating is through the book and right from the beginning I know I had like a million questions - why is this happening, what slating is, why was she slated, why is she special, and many many more. And the unknowing kept me hooked on every page, just waiting for everything to be revealed. Okay, so Kyla leaves the hospital with her new family and wearing Levo on her hand (since it's impossible to remove it I'm guessing it's somehow put partly inside of the skin). Levo controls her emotions and moods, threating to shut down her body if she gets swayed away with negative emotions - fear, anger, rage. People who get slated are ex-convicts and so she can't help but wonder what did she do? What was her crime? Especially when it seems that the slating process didn't completely work on her and she's getting constant nightmares and flashbacks.

    Kyla was a great character for me. She went through a lot and is dealing with confusion, with a whole lot of unexplained things and she deals with all of that the best way she can. She doesn't crumble under pressure instead she gets stronger through the story. It seems everything is leading to the big finale when she finally figures everything out - her past, who she is, what's her story. The ending is quite ice-breaking, giving you a few answers and leaving a whole lot of new questions. But it's okay. I'm a sucker for cliff-hangers, they make me want to read the next book more. :)

    I didn't quite get her relationship with Ben, who's her love interest. He's slated too and well... people who were slated are all bubbly and full of positive emotions, basically brain-washed completely, following the rules and just spitting their senseless optimism everywhere without ever doubting the world around them. They're nothing but puppets. And Ben felt that way to me too - though he had 'bright' moments when he wanted to rebel and chapter by chapter slowly drifted away from the system. But there are some things he does in the end that I simply can't agree with, because I find them childish, foolish and immature.

    I loved the writing, oh my. Teri Terry really knows what she's doing, honestly. I didn't really care much about the romance in the book, because I was too absorbed into Kyla's mind and her solving the riddle to be even bothered with what was going on with Ben *sue me*. Okay, I also loved other characters - I would love to see more of Mac and Jazz. Mac has this whole underground rebellion thing going on and Jazz is dating Kyla's sister but somehow I see him click with Kyla way more than Ben. I don't know, it just seemed to me he understood her better, he really admired her because she wasn't like others and refused to be brain-washed and used like a marionette. Also Nico or Hatten... don't want to give up much about him, since he shows up somewhere in the middle of the book. But he has a history with Kyla from before she was Slated and I'm very interested to see what was going on back then.

    This dystopian world is amazing and full of potentials. The whole Levo thing with controlling the emotions reminds me of A Brave New World by Huxley where they used this drug to control everyone. And there's so many questions still opened... oh, really it's an amazing book. ^^ I would probably give it whole 5 stars if it wasn't for the Ben thing. But I'm definitely recommending this to all fellow dystopia lovers and to those who like to see the main characters growing up and developing a more complex personality through the book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    This was really good

    I would recomend this book for lovers of the hunger games and divergent. What made this the same as other books was the futuristic setting it had but i really cant complain because i love that in books. I also love how the setting was in london you dont see too many books with settings ourside of USA. The charracters in the book were soooo mixed. Kylas mum was unlikeable at first but as you read further she gets very likeable, confusing and hard to figure out andthis makes you want to figute her out and know all her secrets that are so obvious she is hiding. Kylas dad is kind of the oppoosite. I liked him at first but then i started to sort of hate him. It is obvious he has a huge secret that seems like it will be revealed later in the series. Personally i think he is a lorder but i am not positive. This was very intruiging and i could hardly put it down. You should read this.

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    This book sounded wicked good when I first found out about it, a

    This book sounded wicked good when I first found out about it, and thanks to the lovely ladies over at the YA Book Exchange, I was able to get my pretty hands on a copy. What I really loved about this book was that it wasn’t post war America or the rest of the world, it was post war London which has a different dynamic from what it would be like elsewhere. I also thought that this whole concept of “Slating” people, erasing who they were to make them more compliant with the laws of the land.


    Having Kayla be slated was a little tricky because of some points you wanted to shout at her for being so naïve about everything, but she just didn’t have the life experiences to understand that not everyone was to be trusted. In some ways she did have that sense, she tried to sensor herself, but other times, she placed her trust in people that I don’t think I would have trusted. Like her dad, who always seemed to ask these questions that were too curious on certain subjects, and although at first I liked him, I found myself suspicious of him as the book went on. The opposite held true for her mom (or should I call her mum because that’s how she’s referred to in the book?), who is still a character that I want to learn more about. She hinted at being a super complex character, but I just want to see more.

    I’m not really sure about how I felt about the slated people, they all seemed to be robots, but then we had Kayla who was the oddball. I’m guessing that not every other slated was given the attention that she was, but it was still strange to say the least. Like her sister, Amy, I wasn’t sure if she was supposed to be real, like a teenager with rebellious thoughts or if she was supposed to be this super complaint robot that only thought about being a perfect person. She had her moments where she spoke out, but other times it was just strange.

    We had a taste of instalove, but I can look past it because Ben was a sort of robot. While I appreciated his growth out of being a robot because of how Kayla made him question things, but then he just got weird and everything was strange. This book also had a strong running theme which I’ve noticed lately in books. Maybe this is why I have the strange urge to get a treadmill? Either way, I am dying for book two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

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