The Fear Trials (The Murder Complex 0.5)
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Release Date: May 27th 2014
Rate: 3½ out of 5.
Rate: 3½ out of 5.
Meadow Woodson has been trained to survive. This is a prequel to The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings, and it is set in a blood-soaked world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. For fans of Moira Young's Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.
Meadow Woodson's father calls it The Fear Trials, and it is a rite of passage in their family. Meadow is up against her brother Koi. The Fear Trials will both harden her and make her brave. If Meadow wins, she will get a weapon of her own and the right to leave the Woodsons' houseboat without her father or mother at her side. Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson—a teenage girl trained to survive no matter what the cost—and her family, who are together for the last time on their houseboat in the Florida Everglades.
The Fear Trials reminded me a little of Divergent (because of the dystopian world setting) and the movie The Purge (well because of the murder). The world that Meadow Woodson lives in is a bleak and complex one. One where it’s not safe to venture out alone, especially once the sun sets.
Living on a houseboat with her parents, older brother and younger sister, Meadow has been training to survive. Taught by her father, everyday is a lesson in survival. She needs to be tough, confident, and most importantly she needs to be able to kill someone if necessary. It’s either kill or be killed. No one’s life is guaranteed and planning for the future is a little too optimistic because you never really know if you will make it to see another day.
This novella is the prequel to The Murder Complex, which releases Tuesday, June 10, 2014. If you have been considering checking out TMC, I would definitely recommend reading The Fear Trials first. I was able to read it in one sitting. It’s unique, intense and highly entertaining.
RATING: 3½ out of 5.
**I received this book on behalf of the Author and FFBC in exchange for only my honest opinion. Thank you.**
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Lindsay Cummings is the 20-year-old author of THE MURDER COMPLEX, as well as its sequel, coming 2014 from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, coming Fall 2014 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.
Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, can’t get enough of her two pesky German Shepherds, wolf cub, and two horses. She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @lindsaycwrites
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