Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: June 10th 2014
Genre: Sci-Fi > Dystopia, Thriller, YA
Rating: 3.5 stars
An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.
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?
The Murder Complex is a fairly original dystopian read with a great premise. But while the premise seemed air-tight the book still turned out to have many flaws (some of which really frustrated me). Zephyr’s relationship with Meadow, for example. He is in love with her before they even meet (apparently he dreams about her?!). So he spends a majority of the book acting like a lovesick idiot who then gets his ass kicked multiple times before he finally figures out how to fight…and then he’s all like “Yay! I can protect her now!”
I felt like there is a lack of character development. We don’t get to see the characters’ imperfections and both characters even think the other character is beautiful. Beauty seems pretty irrelevant – especially considering how there are dead bodies everywhere and murderers on the loose..but beauty is emphasized – especially when we see Meadow through Zephyr’s perspective. The characters themselves are interesting but it didn’t seem like they would be that way without the other because their interactions are often the focus of the story.
BUT I think the POV switch is pulled off pretty well. I liked getting into the heads of both of the main characters, especially because it helped increase the tension. It was one of the reasons I would keep reading two more chapters. The cliffhangers made me want to know what was going to happen next.
That doesn’t mean I empathized with Meadow or Zephyr..and when the giant plot twist finally rolled around, I didn’t even sympathize with Meadow. I was more like okay, what happens next? The author failed to make me care about the characters but she did hook me and I’ll probably try the next book.