Title: The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1)
Author: Lindsey Cummings
Published: June 10th, 2014
Source: Edelweiss E-Galley
My Rating: 3 out of 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?
Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.
I was really looking forward to The Murder Complex, it looked a bit darker than most YA dystopian out there and it seemed a bit different, but honestly there was something that was just missing for me. The story was action packed and kept my attention but, I wanted more depth, and more background. The plot just felt like it needed to be fleshed out a bit more but, overall the plot kept me reading the story and I am curious about the next book and how the series is going to continue.
Meadow Woodson is not your average 15 year old girl, but the world she is living in is not your average world. The government controls the state of Florida, with the murder complex, reducing the population daily. Meadow has been trained by her father since she was a young girl to be able to fight for herself and always survive. Zephyr James is a ward of the state and all he remembers of his previous life is that he was happy with his parents and had a great life. But, he can’t remember that he is one of the Murder Complex’s trained assassins, one of the most important for the program.
Meadow was so tough she definitely reminded me of characters like Sabra from Blood Red Road and Lynn from Not a Drop to Drink. But, at the same time there was just something that she lacked that the other 2 characters had that would have made me give this one a higher rating. Everything moved too quickly, there was just something more that I wanted to see from Meadow and Zephyrs characters to make this book that much more that I just didn’t get.
Overall, The Murder Complex gives you exactly what the summary describes but, the plot just didn’t have enough depth and I wanted more story. At times it moved a bit too fast but, it kept me glued to the pages and I am definitely wanting to continue the series and find out where the story goes next.