Slated (Slated Series #1)

Slated (Slated Series #1)

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by Teri Terry
     
 

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The gripping first installment of the Slated trilogy, perfect for fans of Divergent and Legend

Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. She’s been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance—if she plays by their rules. But

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The gripping first installment of the Slated trilogy, perfect for fans of Divergent and Legend

Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. She’s been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance—if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? As she and her friend Ben seek answers, Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation.

"Excellent. . . . Kyla's erased memory works wonderfully as a storytelling device." —io9

"A perverse sense of claustrophobic dread grows throughout the novel. . . . Will have readers waiting eagerly for a sequel.” —Booklist

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Praise for SLATED

“Terry’s world is remarkably like today’s. . . . The romance and politics keep suspense ratcheted up. Intriguing—readers will be on tenterhooks for the next one.”—Kirkus Reviews
  

“Terry’s debut is a suspenseful page-turner with a highly sympathetic and strong female protagonist. A perverse sense of claustrophobic dread grows throughout the novel. . . . Will have readers waiting eagerly for a sequel.”—Booklist

“Building on an intriguing concept . . .What truly makes this novel stand out from the dystopian pack, though, is the well-crafted suspense. . . . Readers will anxiously await sequels to come.”—BCCB

“Debut author Terry’s . . . treatment of medically induced amnesia is intriguing.”—Publishers Weekly

"Even if you're sick of teenage dystopias, this paranoid mind-wiping novel will thrill you. . . . Excellent. . . . Kyla's erased memory works wonderfully as a storytelling device."—io9 

Publishers Weekly
Memory loss and near-future dystopia have been popular YA themes of late, and while debut author Terry’s dystopia is not always convincing—absent a large-scale catastrophe, it’s hard to believe society is going to give up its gadgetry—her treatment of medically induced amnesia is intriguing. Kyla Davis, who knows that’s not her real name, is 16 and emerging from nine months in the hospital after being “Slated,” or having her memory erased. She is preoccupied with observing and drawing her surroundings, studying them for clues to her old identity. This, readers are told, is unusual, though every “Slater” described in the book differs from the supposed “blank-brained” norm. One is Amy, Kyla’s black adoptive sister; another is Ben, a kind classmate with a knack for discovering information. There is little by way of conventional plot; the focus is on Kyla’s unfolding awareness and gradual piecing together of the puzzle that is her past. Intriguing, yes, but also frustrating—at the end of this book (a sequel arrives next year in the U.K.), there’s much left to happen in the plot. Ages 12–up. Agent: Caroline Sheldon, Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. (Jan.)
Booklist

“Terry’s debut is a suspenseful page-turner with a highly sympathetic and strong female protagonist. A perverse sense of claustrophobic dread grows throughout the novel. . . . Will have readers waiting eagerly for a sequel.”
Library Media Connection

“A wonderful, fast-paced tale. It has a fascinating premise: treat juvenile offenders humanely by removing all thoughts that caused their misbehavior; but at what cost does that humane treatment come? This could definitely continue as a series.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Building on an intriguing concept, this novel offers readers a chance to consider the power of memory and the inescapable influence of one's past. . . . [Kyla’s] instincts and innate curiosity make for a refreshing change from the often overly naïve heroines of recent YA science fiction, and readers will enjoy watching her learn to be crafty in the face of danger and adult deception. What truly makes this novel stand out from the dystopian pack, though, is the well-crafted suspense. Layers of mystery . . . the shifting blend of half-truths, misdirection, and obfuscation heightens the suspense. . . . Readers will anxiously await sequels to come.”
School Library Journal
Gr 7–9—In 2050 London, young criminals are "Slated"-their brains wiped clean of all memories. They relearn how to walk and talk in a hospital rather than a prison. Though Kyla is 16, her new family (Mum, Dad, Slated older sister Amy) will teach her that stoves are hot and traffic is dangerous. Kyla's Levo, a permanent wristband, will monitor her moods, beeping if she gets distressed and, in the worst-case scenario, disabling, and even killing her if she turns violent. Those who favored law and order thought this would solve the problem of gang violence and terrorist attacks. Kyla avoids the Slater Haters on the bus, goes to school, attends group meetings, and makes friends with fellow Slaters Ben and Jazz. Then her nightmares return, bits and pieces of a past life begin to surface, and calming mechanisms like eating chocolate or going for a run fail to bring her levels up to normal. Though the Central Coalition shows only happy news, and the militaristic Lorders maintain control, Kyla learns of a darker side of society. She comes to question the true uses of Slating and how people are chosen to undergo the procedure. Terry's debut novel treads familiar dystopian paths of controlling government, rebellious teens, and romance in a community where strong emotions are deemed unsuitable and dangerous. Slated has some lovely turns of phrase, a plot that speeds by, and a cliff-hanger ending. The terrain may not be new, but this book will attract many readers.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
Kirkus Reviews
What would it be like to live in a world in which the fear of terrorists has resulted in the technology to wipe out memories or shut you down completely if you become deeply sad or angry? Kyla's memory has been wiped clean, and she's starting life with a new family. It's 2054, and since the '20s, the United Kingdom has lived with the Lorders, the Law and Order movement. Slating, as it's called, is a technique whose use is limited to people under the age of 17. Kyla is the second Slated child in her family; her new sister Amy is now a cheerful, happy person. Gradually, Kyla realizes that she is unique in that while she has no memories of the time before she awoke, she is able to think more clearly and has a different reaction to stress than Slated people should. Another Slated boy becomes her confidant as she delves deeper into the mystery of who she is. Terry's world is remarkably like today's, with some changes; computers and Internet use are totally state-controlled, for instance. Not all details stand up to scrutiny, but the romance and politics keep suspense ratcheted up. With no real resolution, it's clear that more of Kyla's story is to come. Intriguing--readers will be on tenterhooks for the next one. (Dystopian romance. 11 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142425039
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/29/2013
Series:
Slated Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
50,547
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Terry’s world is remarkably like today’s. . . . The romance and politics keep suspense ratcheted up. Intriguing—readers will be on tenterhooks for the next one.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Terry’s debut is a suspenseful page-turner with a highly sympathetic and strong female protagonist. A perverse sense of claustrophobic dread grows throughout the novel. . . . Will have readers waiting eagerly for a sequel.”—Booklist

“Debut author Terry’s . . . treatment of medically induced amnesia is intriguing.”—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Teri Terry (teriterry.jimdo.com) is Canadian by birth, and has lived in France, Canada, and Australia. She currently divides her time between writing and doing a research MA on the depiction of terrorism in young adult literature since the 9/11 attacks in America. Slated is her debut novel. She lives in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.

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Slated 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 31 reviews.
-essence More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! I just finished this AMAZING book anf yes I almost cried, but I LOVED it. I just bouhht this book today at the book fair at my school and all I have done since I got home was read. Cannot wait to get FRACTURED.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really injoyed rhis book it keep you reading to find out what happens next. As each question is answered it left me with a million more. I would definly recomend it for readers who like futureristic books with rxciting twist amd turns. I am wondering about the next fracture. Which i heard from Goodreads, a good site to look up books on, that it is aspose to come out the first week of April 2013, but its only a week away and it is still not on preorder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me again. I looked it up. Its called fractured
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First this book is awesome and a must read book. Second is that I don't agree with the person who wrote the very first commet. They are a PERFECT COMPLE!!!!!!!! As I said before, this is must read and an awesome book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i ve ever read bye teri terry
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am tjere where you said we would go. Did i make you angry and if i did i am sorry.
Ken_Johnathon More than 1 year ago
This novel follows the same, popular formula of a dystopian, futuristic universe where government eyes are lurking with a vengeance. While I was very excited for an original storyline, I will admit I was slightly disappointed. Slated had an amazing concept and freedom to be as imaginative as possible, but failed to do so by being especially heavy-handed and not trusting the readers to correlate answers to the many questions presented. The book is a lot more juvenile than you would expect, with a, in my opinion, fairly simple plot and practically no action. The entire time while reading it, I anticipated a major scene between Kyla and the government but was met with another ten pages of her running and thinking about Ben or drawing. The characters are a hit or miss, with some being well written and mysterious and others that could use more work. I had a hard time connecting myself with any of the characters, especially Kyla, and therefore didn’t really care what happened to her, only that it would create more drama than a few “bullies” to make her look more interesting and nicer than she really is. The book is very monotonous and isn’t a book that was meant to be read without another one following it, which makes it a little harder to enjoy. I really wished Terry gave more life to the characters and left a little more suspense of the world around Kyla instead of force feeding the answers to us within a few pages of being introduced a question. I recommend this book for a light read or for grades 7-9 if you want a thought-provoking yet uncomplicated read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy carefree read. Kept me going and easy to follow. Definitely a cliff hanger, Looking forward to the next!
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I am in the process of reading this amazing book for my 10th grade english class and I can't set it down! -Nora:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book I ever read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a real page turner! It wafilled with mystery, energy, and even tranquility at some points. Thus is a great book, and i cant wait to finish the rest of the series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't give 5 stars to all books but this one is amazing wow wow wow u can soooo relate to things like this today
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing plot, brilliabt writing!!! I beame so attached to all the characters. Can't wait for Fractured!!!