Source: HarperTeen/Edelweiss – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation
Series: The Murder Complex #1
Edition: eARC, 398 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Dystopian
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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.
The Murder Complex was a fun, action-packed dystopian thrill ride, and even though it didn’t feel ‘new’ I really enjoyed the story overall.
The Murder Complex puts us in a rather interesting setting. The world is broken and has a shambled dystopian city, but Cummings actually portrayed the society in a different way. It’s a nearly post apocalyptic setting where a good portion of the people have died out due to a disease. The remaining people live in a poor shadow of what it used to be with strict rules from the government and the fear of dangerous criminals that rules the streets at night. The overall story was fairly good too, with enough intrigue to keep me interesting and a great bit og action to keep the blood pumping.
Meadow Woodson is a bit of a mechanical main character thanks to her father’s harsh training and the things she’s forced to do survive in the Shallows.While I understood her ‘do what you must’ attitude and I love that she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, but I didn’t have much to connect with. She spends most of the book in a constant state of ‘me vs them’ and she looses her temper a lot, but other than anger I didn’t really see much from her unfortunately. That being said she does kick a lot of ass. Zephyr on the other hand had a bit more depth. He had a lot going on and uncovering everything about him is part of the reason I was so hooked.
My biggest issue was the romance though. Honestly the book would have went over better for me without the romance between Meadow and Zephyr, it felt a bit forced to me. They had a few instances of cute interaction but it wasn’t enough for me to be fully convinced to invest my time in shipping them.
Overall I enjoyed The Murder Complex, which had an interesting story with a new setting. While I didn’t connect with Meadow and I really curious to see what happens in the next book, especially with the ending we’re given in this one.