Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Murder Complex by Linsday Cummings

At first i didn't really want to write this review because i have very mixed feelings towards this book... but then again, i made this blog to share my views. And so here i am with yet another review! :)


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?

Before anything else i have to say that The Murder Complex was good...well, for the first 50 paged, that is.
You see, i received this book over a book-swap and was intrigued by the name. Because lets face the facts, "The Murder complex" just screams "BLOOD. LOTS OF DEATH LIES WITHIN ME!" So yeah, i was pretty intrigued. And the book was truly good in the beginning, but when shit went down the plot was very predictable. And if there's one thing i hate it is when the nutella runs out. And if there's another thing i hate it is when you figure the plot out way before the main character does.
Okay, that was really the biggest flaw of this book.

Another flaw, in my opinion, was the relationship between Meadow and Zephyr (love the names btw). Insta love much? For one, it doesn't fit Meadow's personality to get attached to someone in that way. Love means death. That's usually lesson number one in the ya dystopian main character guide for survival.
It wasn't exactly love at first sight, well, not for Meadow anyway. She did like him though...but...
Yeah, getting back on track. So in short: Meadow tries to keep her distance at first but when her family gets kidnapped she suddenly falls in love and after that she wants to kill him and actually shoots him in the leg and after that they're all happy-couple again! ^.^ YAY! ..wait what? Not yay. Not freaking yay! I don't get their deal. They know eachother for hardly a weak and they're willing to die for eachother? *sigh* fine fine. I'm going to try and stop criticizing every romance in any book i read... i just can't stand stand insta love, kay?! Kay.

Hmm... what else? *looks at notes* Right! So even though i figured most of the plot out from the beginning... the few plot twists in the end did get to me. Plus that ending! Phew! !SPOILER so in the end she like... prepares to me killed but she wants to take as many "leeches" with her, right? In my opinion she should have shot herself right then and there. No sequel or anything. Just a bloody stand alone. ...but that's just my messed up opinion ;).

I really liked Meadow, she wasn't as stupid as most semi-badass main characters. She kept her calm and killed without mercy. Just how i like it.   

Overall this book was pretty amusing. But... nothing to take too serious. It reminded me heavily of mockinjay (the hunger games #3). I'm not saying that miss Cummings copied anything, but the YA genre is so cramped that there's really no space for creativity. Most ideas are already taken, so coming up with something original is very tricky.

Still i liked it, even though it isn't the greatest book out there. It was amusing and in the end it did keep me on my toes.
So if you're sick of reading those heavy graphic novels and want something light then i'd say join The murder complex! ^.^ We're a happy family, i promise! >:-)

No escaping.
No turning back.
This is your duty.
Purge the earth.
This is the murder complex.
I just loved that xD.
Anywayyy, i give this novel two blood-dripping stars. I was torn between giving it one or two... but now i'm going through my notes, it doesn't seem fair to give it merely one star.

So there you have it! ^.^ hope you enjoyed my review! Tell me if you either agree or disagree, or maybe if you're planning on reading it? :)

See you next time,