The Murder Complex (Murder Complex Series #1)

The Murder Complex (Murder Complex Series #1)

by Lindsay Cummings

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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—by Lindsay Cummings, co-author (with Sasha Alsberg) of the New York Times #1 Bestseller Zenith. "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 and Divergent."—Justine Magazine

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062220004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Series: Murder Complex Series , #1
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lindsay Cummings is a book blogger and the author of the teen series the Murder Complex. She lives in Texas with two German shepherds, one wolf cub who isn't very smart, a horse named Dan the Man, and a husband named Josh. She eats too many hot Cheetos and can't stop dyeing her hair crazy colors.

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The Murder Complex 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
latsyrc More than 1 year ago
The book was written in dual point of views - Meadow's and Zephyr's - making the story fast paced which I enjoyed very much. Both Meadow and Zephyr had rather different upbringings, one is trained by her father to be a killer while the other is a ward whose entire life has been a lie, and may possess the biggest secret of all.  The first half of the plot started to get more interesting and finally, everything that happened led up to the moment where they first meet each other, and all hell breaks lose. The plot thickens right up to that point, and then I knew I had to finish the book in one sitting. The big revelation of Meadow's mother's past was shocking, and it is very well-planned how it links to Zephyr. Most of the time, I can figure put what happens next in the book, but since this is so fast paced, I literally cannot see them coming. Wow.  Filled with lots of blood and killing, I certainly enjoyed it more than more other dystopians. It's intriguing to read about a place like this, with people dying every other day like it's no big deal and I cannot help but wonder why. However, there are still many things that are covered vaguely, and I am dying to find out more. With such a huge plot twist at the end, I'll definitely pick up the next book in this series!
tjones621 More than 1 year ago
I eagerly anticipated the release of this book for almost 2 years before I finally got my hands on it. The premise of the story line was something that I had never heard of before and instantly I knew I had to read this book. Many books that you are excited about for so long do not live up to your expectations, but I can say that this was not the case - this book delivered and even went beyond my expectations. I was able to meet the author at a Barnes & Noble event as well and it was one of the better events I have been to - and I have been to A LOT! I can't wait for the sequel and for her other middle aged series. You seriously need to read this book and follow this author!
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Imagine living in a world where you have no say, that your every move is watched and if you are out in the Dark Time then you may not make it home alive. Imagine a world where when you walk the street you are stepping over bodies and blood. Well that's the world Meadow lives in.  Meadows father has trained her since she was little. She is killer with any weapon, literally! They live on rations and now that Meadow is of age she hopes to get a proper job and earn more food. She has to pass the test first though.  When she meets Zephyr she has no idea what she has let herself in for. Who is this handsome stranger? How does he know her? What does he want? Her life is about to take a chilling and deadly turn but will Meadow survive? Wow. I am blown away!!! I didn't just read this, I devoured it. What a deliciously dark and deadly world. Meadow was amazing. Kick ass with a capital K. Her father would do surprise attacks on her growing up so she could get out of any situation. He trained her never to hesitate because its a kill or be killed world. Since her mother was killed and her brother failed his test for work its up to her to look after her sister. Every single day is a struggle just to survive. Meadow has such a hard life but she never shys away from it.  I loved Zephyr. He is a Ward, which in his world is the lowest of the low. They get meager rations and his job is to pick up all the dead bodies they find every day. He dreams of a silver haired girl but he also dreams of murders that he commits. He wakes up every morning with blood on his hands and no recollection of what happened. He just wants to keep his head down and out of trouble but when he meets Meadow this becomes impossible.  Plot wise The Murder Complex was breathtakingly unique. The whole world the author has created was so dark and dangerous. Every night there are murders everywhere. Hundreds of people could die in one night and no one knows how or why. We slowly find out as the story progresses and it was fascinating.  With plenty of action and twists and turns this is a must read. The characters are complex and the writing is captivating. Its such a harsh horrible bloody world but makes for unputdownable addictive reading ;) With everything that happened and with the secrets revealed I Can Not Wait for more!! Stunning debut and Id highly recommend. 
Rach_Ann87 More than 1 year ago
The Murder Complex is the problematic love child of every other YA dystopia. “Kill or be killed.” That is the running idea backing The Murder Complex. Set in a futuristic Florida where murder is used to control a burgeoning population, TMC tried to be unique and edgy, but only ended up being a confused, hyped-up mess. This book has a lot of problems, starting with one of the most basic part of any story — worldbuilding. TMC gives up bits and pieces of its world thru the narrative of both main characters, Meadow and Zephyr. In hindsight, this could have worked upping up the intrigue factor and pushing any reader to continue turning the page if only to find out the what, why and how of the protagonists’ world. This method, however, fails to work for the author and this book. Instead of setting up a fascinating world, the scattering of information necessary for worldbuilding only created a disjointed and incohesive- sometimes outright confusing – telling of things. Another major problem I had with this book were the characters. They were both unrelatable and unbelievable, especially the female MC, Meadow. She was written as this badass teen-aged ass kicker trained by her father to kill. Strong, mentally tough, always succeeds, and, if her male counterpart Zephyr is to be believed, beautiful. In short, she’s an impossible character, and I just couldn’t find it in myself to care for her even after I finished reading. The Murder Complex is the problematic love child of every other YA dystopia. “Kill or be killed.” That is the running idea backing The Murder Complex. Set in a futuristic Florida where murder is used to control a burgeoning population, TMC tried to be unique and edgy, but only ended up being a confused, hyped-up mess. This book has a lot of problems, starting with one of the most basic part of any story — worldbuilding. TMC gives up bits and pieces of its world thru the narrative of both main characters, Meadow and Zephyr. In hindsight, this could have worked upping up the intrigue factor and pushing any reader to continue turning the page if only to find out the what, why and how of the protagonists’ world. This method, however, fails to work for the author and this book. Instead of setting up a fascinating world, the scattering of information necessary for worldbuilding only created a disjointed and incohesive- sometimes outright confusing – telling of things. Another major problem I had with this book were the characters. They were both unrelatable and unbelievable, especially the female MC, Meadow. She was written as this badass teen-aged ass kicker trained by her father to kill. Strong, mentally tough, always succeeds, and, if her male counterpart Zephyr is to be believed, beautiful. In short, she’s an impossible character, and I just couldn’t find it in myself to care for her even after I finished reading. There are a lot more, but I won’t go over the rest. Overall, The Murder Complex disappointed. From the worldbuilding to its characters down to the romance, TMC is so fraught with problems that, sadly, I cannot recommend it.
CasualTea More than 1 year ago
I believe this book to be a very good read! It was quick and nice, it offered a good story line with lots of action and cool subplots. I think this is a nice book to pick up when you are looking to start a new series, or to get you excited for something. Its very exciting, and thats why I say to get you excited aha. Overall I think this book easily deserves 4 stars. Nicely written!! 
MeganDuke More than 1 year ago
This is what I've been looking for! It's a dystopian series that's original and thrilling! It's dark and witty! Fast-paced and eye-opening! Loved it! Great job on your first novel, Lindsay! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing read! Go buy it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously excited! This author is so nice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me engaged and I never once got bored as I sometimes do with YA books.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
WOW! Wow, wow, wow! I read it in 2 days. could not put it down. Excitement from start to finish. Loved all the characters. Very well developed. LOVED the ending. Can not wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gave me goosebumps! I am in LOVE with both Meadow and Zephyr. I could just not get enough! The Murder Complex captures your attention from the very first page to the very last (especially the last page!!!). I was that a bit hesitant to begin this book, however I can firmly say I was nit dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Murder Complex was such an intriguing book.
That_One_Girl_ More than 1 year ago
This book right here is why I don't like to read a series until all of the books have been released. The cliffhanger ending about killed me and I've been biting my nails for the last ten months :) But seriously, I loved everything about this book--the cadence of prose, the tough heroine, the complex hero, and especially all the action. I read this in one sitting and I can't wait for book #2!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SUCH a phenominal read. Would definitely suggest to everyone!
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
4 Stars THE MURDER COMPLEX was bloodtastic read that I devoured. I was allured by the dark essence and the fast paced plot that kept me engaged and entertained until the very last page! It was a bloody world, full of twist and turns that satisfied. But to keep it real, THE MURDER COMPLEX was a good book, but it had it's faults. There where many aspects that I enjoyed, but many that I didn't. One that I really enjoyed was the world-building—the backbone to THE MURDER COMPLEX. I liked that it added it's own touch of originality to the dystopian world, and that it delivered on that aspect of the book. Another thing that I really loved was that it was bloody! I don't really know what that says about me...lol, ;) but I loved all the blood and murder, and the chase. It was thrilling to live through it all through the characters eyes, and see and feel what they felt. It was definitely a terrifying world that I would never want to live through!! I do give the author mad props for creating such a complex world that was dark and deadly, and awesomely thrilling!! But there were a few things that drove me insane. Manly it was just one of the characters that I didn't like for numerous reasons. Zephyr was one of the main POV's and the love interest that drove me insane. First, his name annoyed the hell out of me!! I mean what kind of name is Zephyr??? That was the first strike against him. Then he said this repetitive word, Skitz's." What hell does Skitz's mean anyway?? I looked it up, and it's the meaning for Schizophrenia. WHAT??? What idiot would go around saying that all the time?? Then, when he meets Meadow, the other main POV, he starts acting like a little love sick puppy that would bend the earth for her. I mean he JUST met her and he was acting like that. Actually, I think he said that he might love her before he was even formally introduced to her. He was just a total turn off from the beginning, and then it just kept getting worse. Their was just too many reasons why I didn't see eye to eye with his character. Another issue I had was the POV switch. I can usually put up with multiples POV's, but don't prefer them. And THE MURDER COMPLEX was no exception. I really only liked Meadow's POV. Zephyr just drove me crazy, and that made me hate him even more when it would switch to his POV. THE PLOT Commandment One: Honor the Initiative. Commandment Two: Thou shalt not attempt to cross the perimeter. Commandment Three: Honor the Silent Hour. Commandment Four: Thou shalt not harbor useful items from the days before. In the horrifying world of THE MURDER COMPLEX, where murder rate is higher than the birthrate, and killing becomes as easy as breathing. Meadow, a girl just trying survive in this blood-soaked world she was born in, is ready to do the unthinkable in order to keep her family alive—even if she has to kill for it... Fifteen-year-old Meadow Woodson has been trained to kill. Her only goal in life is to survive, survive and keep her family breathing, and that is by any means necessary. KILL OR BE KILLED... Meadow's father has been training her how to fight, kill, and survive for years. Preparing her for her chance to take the placement testing—where everyone gets the opportunity to prove their worth for the honor of a job in their society. He's been readying her for when the time comes that she will have to kill or be killed, for the job that their family so desperately needs. And it's now Meadow's time—kill or be killed.... Meadow is determined to be the last one standing, she's ready to embrace her training, she's ready to shed blood, she's ready to kill.... But then Meadow's world starts to fall apart even more when she meets Zephyr, a Ward of the state—unworthy in the eyes of The Murder Complex. But something is different about Zephyr, he's not like the other Wards, and she feels compelled to help him when he makes a stupid decision that could cost him his very life. And then the web The Murder Complex spun many years ago begins to unravel, and the truth behind it all starts to slowly surface, and many facts are revealed that could shatter their world to the very core. Meadow's world becomes a race against the clock as she tries to understand who—or what Zephyr is, and what really is The Murder Complex, and why do they want her so badly, but most important, how is her mother tied into it all. As if that's not enough, Meadow has to cope with all this while trying to find and rescue her family that's just become missing. Like I said above, it was a good book with it's flaws. I was expecting more from THE MURDER COMPLEX then what I got, but it still satisfied enough to keep my attention and have me engrossed in the characters and the overall plot of the book. I'm still eager to read the next book and see how it all plays out, because that ending was intense and definitely has me craving the next book!! Overall, THE MURDER COMPLEX was a thrilling start to a fun series that I know I will continue to enjoy! I had my issues with this book, but I also really enjoyed it at the same time. I've been eager to read this book after hearing about how bloody and dark it would be, and it overall didn't disappoint! I think if you enjoy dystopia, mixed with a touch of Sci-f, thrown into a bloody dark world, then you will definitely enjoy this one!! NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Harper Teen for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
This debut transports its readers to a futuristic world where life means nothing and killing is everything. It's time for Meadow Woodson, who has been trained to fight and survive anything, to find her place in this cruel and dangerous society. Zephyr James is already part of that system, an assassin. Their roles in the system could uncover truths and secrets that could ultimately hurt both of them and destroy their new-found bond. THE MURDER COMPLEX is made up of short chapters told from Zephyr and Meadow's perspectives which I liked both. The actual story could be confusing at times though. When one string of action had just begun and got promptly interrupted by another, I tended to fail to stay on top of things. The system our characters are caught in is dangerous. When starting this read you have to expect violence to be a big part of this very extreme and unpolished world Lindsay Cummings invented. And it's no surprise society is slowly and inevitably crumbling under the weight of violene, death and betrayal. In the end this twisted game of killing and being killed was even too wicked for me. 3/5 *** THE MURDER COMPLEX - One bloody great debut some would say! Rough characters, dark story line with unpolished writing in some places. THE MURDER COMPLEX is Lindsay Cummings' debut novel. She's come a long way to become a published YA author. And she came up with a very powerful story idea, centred around a reckless society reigned by one of the most dangerous threats to humanity, murder. Promising story concept, lacking in realization. This book is for readers who are looking for extreme and challenging reads.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Filled with unexpected plot twists, The Murder Complex is a fast-paced, thrilling read. Set in a cordoned-off Florida, in a dystopian future, this book tells the violent, almost romantic tale, of Meadow Woodson and Zephyr James. It’s amazing that any kind of relationship can even hope to exist in a world where half the population is fighting for survival and the other half is programmed to kill. This is a quick, action packed and, as stated in the summary, blood soaked, read. In fact, I had a bit of a problem with the amount of murder committed in this book. Despite this being The Murder Complex, hence all about murder and killing, I felt that murder was used out of context as a solution to every single problem.  Although the characters are realistic, they could have been a bit more fleshed out. Meadow Woodson is the kind of female lead I like. She is tough, street wise and self-sufficient, but she does have a heart and will do anything to keep her family safe.  As Zephyr is mind controlled by the Murder Complex from time to time, it is difficult to get a grip on his character. When he isn't in the throws of blood lust, he is depressed and wants to kill himself. The bit of untroubled Zephyr that appears in between, however, seems to be kind and loyal.  What I really loved was the unexpected plot twists and baffling revelations that lurk in the pages of this book. Predictability makes for tedious reading and The Murder Complex is most certainly not boring. At one point I thought that this book was headed in the 'girl in dystopian world incites rebellion' direction. Fortunately, for this book at least, it looks as though that cliché was avoided.  For a quick, thrilling, extremely violent and sometimes touching read, I recommend The Murder Complex. (Ellen Fritz)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is excellent for fans of the Hunger Games. Its fast paced and is a page turner!
thefandomhunter More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a thrilling and gory YA dystopian, thriller, look no further than The Murder Complex. Spun into a brilliant duel perspective novel, this is a tale straight from the futuristic Florida Everglades about a girl discovering love, and forbidden secrets, for the first time.  This book will suck you in and hold you in it's grasps.  Never once did I not feel interested in the plot line or characters.
C_Hurt More than 1 year ago
This was just nonstop action. And "blood-soaked" was a fairly accurate description. I mean, this book probably has a higher body count than The Hunger Games trilogy. And the characters are just as complex. Meadow is one tough chick. She’s been trained to survive her entire life, and will do whatever it takes. Zephyr is on the opposite end of the spectrum. He doesn’t want to be a part of this violent world & tries to be invisible. The relationship between the two is interesting, to say the least. I don’t want to give anything away, but the first day they spend together ends in a way you would not expect!  Cummings paints a picture of a very bleak world. A world in which death is commonplace, and yet no one can die of natural causes. I love the switch between Meadow's & Zephyr's points of view each chapter. It really helps build the world.  The ending really got me. For once I didn't see it coming. And normally I hate cliffhangers, because then I have to wait a year to find out what happens. But this time I can appreciate how well done it was. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was fantastic! I cannot wait to read the second book. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings is gruesome, fast-paced, and action-packed, and I loved it. The duo-perspective worked in its favor (and usually I’m not a fan of that). The plot flowed well, and the character depth was done beautifully. For the most part, it was a great book. There is some insta-love, I’ll warn you, but soon after it ends, and there isn’t a huge sappy relationship early on. Other than this, I liked most of the relationships formed, before and during the time the story takes place. The world is wonderfully detailed, from what we’re shown, but I am hoping to see more in book two. The plot twists were awesome, and I didn’t see most of them coming. The violence was plentiful, and plenty gory, so if you aren’t a fan of that, maybe this book isn’t for you. I found the writing beautiful, and will definitely pick up both the sequel, and more of Lindsay Cummings’ works! Trust me, this is one book you’ll want to pick up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me turning the pages. I didn't want to put it down. WHEN'S THE NEXT ONE DUE OUT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Murder Complex had a really interesting story concept. There was so much action and I really enjoyed the mystery in the plot that really had you guessing.  Meadow and Zephyr are really something else though. This duo has a more dynamic relationship than any other YA novel I've read. Brilliant. Had me begging for the next book! The writing style was brilliant too. I simple could not put it down. I will definitely be reading the second one.
Blue_Starr More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on Unbound Books Blog Note: I received a digital review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler free review. Are you sick and tired of YA dystopian books? Well I'll ask you to reconsider because The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings is a mind-blowing thriller that will make you forget why you were sick of the genre in the first place. Fast paced and suspenseful, I couldn't put this book down and the 400 pages seemed to fly by. Of course no book is perfect and there were certain aspects of the book I wish could have been different. Even so, I don't know how I'm going to wait a year for the sequel, because the ending, while satisfying, left me wanting to dive right back into the world of Meadow and Zephyr. I was worried that The Murder Complex would turn out to be another over-hyped dystopian but I was happily proven wrong. While it contains elements of the genre it is so much more bloody and action packed than most first books in a dystopian series. We are dumped straight into the Shallows following two different characters, Meadow and Zephyr. We learn more about the world through their actions rather than a huge info dump. I love how their plot lines came together and intertwined in such a skillfully crafted way. I loved the dual-perspective because we got to see two different characters growth from their own points of view and it is evident throughout the book how important it is to the plot. One thing I think this book could do without is the "insta-love" aspect between Zephyr and Meadow. Granted it is more Zypher who exhibits more of the insta-love characteristics, which is a deviation from the norm. Without giving away any spoilers, I can see how it can be justified by his characterization but I still wish it wasn't present at all. On a similar vein, I do appreciate the lack of a love triangle, which is a redeeming quality. I loved the suspenseful thriller-like aspect of the book. I was always kept on my toes and I never guessed what was coming next. It's hard to plan out a book so well that the reader is caught by surprise but at the same time doesn't feel like the plot twists are coming out of left field and Cummings executed it wonderfully. The chunky 400 page book flew by and I read it in just a few sittings over the course of a day and a half. If you are a fan of Marie Lu's Legend trilogy you will enjoy The Murder Complex, the first in a new series by debut author Lindsay Cummings. They both have a similar dual-perspective narration and have comparable themes while still being original. I highly recommend this book even if you are hesitant to invest in another dystopian series. It is well work the investment!