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?
Kill. Destroy. No escaping. No turning back. This is your duty. Purge the Earth. This is the Murder Complex.
Whilst warnings were clearly given in every description of the book I had read, I was not prepared for the mass slaughter and bloodbath that this book held within its covers. That being said, it was very well written for a book of this genre and was a fast-paced, action packed thriller of a read.
One of the things that irked me though was the way the split POV, while it effectively gave an insight to both characters’ thoughts, it left many chapters at the length of three or four pages which in my personal opinion, didn’t leave much space to develop the plot- as well as the characters’ feelings before switching abruptly to the other POV which sometimes had completely different stance on the situation they were currently in. Another slight flaw that this book had was the typical instalove which left Zephyr acting rather irrationally sometimes, however this was thankfully slowly fixed as the story progressed.
The idea of the Murder Complex itself was horrific and awful – and that is what made this book such a compelling read. Whilst the world itself was the typical, overly-familiar solitary town of a dystopian novel, the Murder Complex gave it that wee kick that it needed to really carry the story through its various twists and turns (and believe me, there were quite a few plot-twists – some larger and more significant than others)
All in all, I will probably be looking to read the sequel to see the characters develop further (and hopefully survive- that’s always a bonus isn’t it?) in the nearer future. I would recommend this book to fans of gripping dystopian reads who aren’t squeamish and can deal with abundant gore.
My rating : 4/5 stars
“We’re all good until we’re not strong enough to be anymore.”
Meadow’s mother, The Murder Complex