Synopses & Reviews
Debut author Teri Terry has written a brilliantly compelling, original and thought-provoking novel about an uncomfortably plausible future.
Kyla has been Slatedher memory and personality erased as punishment for committing a crime she cant remember. The government has taught her how to walk and talk again, given her a new identity and a new family, and told her to be grateful for this second chance that she doesnt deserve. Its also her last chancebecause theyll be watching to make sure she plays by their rules.
As Kyla adjusts to her new life, shes plagued by fear. Who is she, really? And if only criminals are slated, why are so many innocent people disappearing? Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation. She knows a dangerous game is being played with her life, and she cant let anyone see her make the wrong move . . . but who can she trust when everyone is a stranger?
"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." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Terrys world is remarkably like todays. . . . The romance and politics keep suspense ratcheted up. Intriguing—readers will be on tenterhooks for the next one.”
“Terrys 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.”
“Debut author Terrys . . . treatment of medically induced amnesia is intriguing.”
“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. . . . [Kylas] 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.”
“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.”
Kylas memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. Shes been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chanceif 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.
About the Author
Teri Terry (http://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.