Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: Slated by Teri Terry

Slated (Slated, #1)
Slated by Teri Terry
Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.
She’s been Slated.
The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?
Publishes in US: May 3rd 2012 by Orchard Books
Genre: YA dystopia
Source: library
Series? Yes, the Slated series. 1st is Slated, 2nd is Fractured and it releases Apr 4 2013. 3rd releases soon

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I wrote a post awhile back about negative reviews, and how I don't review if I don't finish, and a very wise blogger pointed out that knowing what a blogger doesn't like can be valuable to publishers and authors too. Then another blogger mentioned she did a did not finish post and I thought it was a great idea. That isn't to say that the writing is poor or the characters are poorly constructed, it's personal on my end. So, here we go:
     I liked the premise, I mean the government erasing memories of "terrorists" and having a new slate. Slated's main character Kyla remembers things faster than she should and questions things that she "shouldn't" so I was drawn to her. 
    I also liked her sister Ashley. She was sweet and I liked how she wanted to help Kyla. 
    But something just felt off. 
    And it didn't pick up quickly enough for me, I just wasn't invested in Kyla enough I guess, and nothing that automatically drew me in where I couldn't put it down.
Stopped at page 80.

Friend's positive reviews:

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think government is ever justified in erasing memories?


  1. Sorry it didn't work out for you, hon! But I kinda feel for you, because I DNFed this one, too. I thin it felt too detached, and I couldn't put myself to appreciate the weird narrative. I reviewed it HERE and went on complaining about it. Haha. >_> Oh, well.

    Honestly, if I were to be practica and realistic, if it means saving the many by sacrificing the few, then yes, it can be justified. I may be in the minority with this opinion, though...

    Faye @ The Social Potato

  2. Shucks, and it sounded so promising.

    Stubborn when it comes to finishing books, I HAVE to see them through to the bitter end no matter how bad.

  3. Ugh, that's the worst. However, I think it's always good to be honest when a book doesn't work for you....

  4. I like to know when a book doesn't work for someone so thank you for posting this. :)

  5. I like to know what people didn't like in books, because sometimes it's something I would like. LOL.

  6. Thanks for sharing why you chose to DNF the book. Seems like we now have a number of YA novels talking about erasing memory - I haven't read any so far but the topic does seem interesting.

  7. I love that you post your DNF books, because that's definitely helpful to know when a book didn't work, and a few reasons why, so thanks for your honesty, Brandi!

    To answer your q, I don't think the government is ever justified in doing anything involving the mind, memories, or really any other measure of control that violates free will. I do think the idea of erasing memories is fascinating, but more like in the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind rather than a dystopain environment.

  8. This book has reviews all over the place. While I like the concept, I just don't think it is a good fit for me. I appreciate your honesty!

  9. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one, but it is nice to get various perspectives on novels.

    As for your question, I don't know! I guess I'd say no because that's messing with a human beings true nature.


  10. ho too bad, well it happens, it sad because I heard great things about this one. But I also understand, I hope your next book will be better!

  11. Sorry this did't work for you it happens. I don't post DNF reviews on my blog but drop publisher/author a note and post my reasons why on Goodreads. This was well done and your reasons honest. I liked that you included other reviews and flattered you chose mine.

  12. It was still a well balanced review! I don't like to write DNF reviews either although I am interested in what didn't work for you.

  13. Uh oh, I have this one out from the library and was actually somewhat excited to start it. The memory thing is getting somewhat old though. On a side note, love your idea of making a DNF post, it would make me feel a bit less guilty about putting a book down!

    1. If I finish, then it usually gets at least a 3 star, so I had to find balance

  14. Oh sad to hear you didn't finish it! The premise does sound really good! I always try to finish books (it only happened once or twice that I didn't). If I don't like it, I write a "negative" review meaning I only give 1 or 2 stars, but I still try to point out the positive things about the book. Like you did above. I think it's the best solution to do these kind of "Did not finish" posts then:)

  15. I like the sound of this too, but I appreciate when something just isn't working for you. I like how you post your DNF reviews by the way.

  16. I like how you share DNF books, it helps readers know if a book will be right for them or not!

  17. Sorry you didn't finish this one. I have a copy of it and have been hearing great things about it. I'm really curious now to start it. Thanks for the honest review Brandi!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  18. That stinks that this one didn't work for you! I thought it sounded really interesting but I don't have it already so chances are I won't be getting it any time soon.

  19. I really like how you link to friends that enjoy the story even though you didn't finish it. I have very few that I haven't finished and I find that people really love those books and I'm just not able to connect with it for some reason. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  20. man that cover really makes u want to pick it up... but sad u couldn't go through with it....stinks

    Le' Grande Codex

  21. Aw, too bad. I know how it is though, I just finished one myself (Icons) where I kind of felt that a lot of the problems I had with it were personal ones, because I know other people enjoyed the book. It happens. And I know I definitely appreciate DNF reviews!

  22. I'm so sad to heard this as this book for me was something else. I really couldn't stop reading it and it was a great experience.

  23. Sorry this one didn't work out for you Brandi. The premise does sound good so it's a pity. Sometimes I dnf a book and I can't really put my finger on what was wrong with it, I just wasn't enjoying it.

  24. That's really too bad. I always wanted to read this one too. Not sure if I will now.

  25. The premises does sound very interesting, but it's sad that you couldn't finish it. I don't post DNF review on my blog either, but you brought up a great point. I'll probably do a monthly DNF reviews post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Brandi :)

  26. Sadness :( I actually really liked Slated. But I understand your reasons. You are not going to enjoy the book if you can't connect to the MC, so it's best to move on to the next book.


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