Kyla has had her memory erased – in her world it is called Slated. Children under the age of 16 who are criminals are given a second chance by being Slated and then adopted. Kyla is adopted and is required to follow the rules of her society. She wears a wristband which controls what she can do and think – too much distress and emotion and she goes unconscious. The trouble is Kyla has memories and she knows that things are not as they seem, that she is being lied to and manipulated. However, she cannot remember enough to understand why and to know what to do.
A dystopian book with a twist. All the manipulation is in the mind and the reader struggles alongside Kyla, trying to understand what is true, who can be trusted and what is being hidden. The fact that the control is via the mind means that the book is less action packed than other dystopian books on the market and can be quite a dense read at times. However, Kyla is a strong and likeable character fighting against a faceless and unreliable government. This book should appeal to readers who enjoy dsytopian fiction.
This is the first book in a trilogy; the other two books are Fractured and Shattered,