Different Take on Dystopian Style

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When 16 year old Kayla gets slated, can she know who to trust?  Kayla, the main character in “Slated” by Teri Terry, has been slated—that means she had her memory erased beca

When 16 year old Kayla gets slated, can she know who to trust?  Kayla, the main character in “Slated” by Teri Terry, has been slated—that means she had her memory erased because she did or saw something wrong.  She gets a second chance in life from the government, but she has to wear a special Levo bracelet that monitors her mood. As long as her mood stays good and she follows the rules, everything is okay.  But, if not, she will be stunned or die.  When Kayla meets Ben, she finds a friend who has also been slated, and together they try to figure out how to get rid of their Levo bracelets. But Kayla keeps getting nightmares, possibly containing fragments of her old life. What will she do about it? When she meets someone who works to find people who have been slated, she discovers more and more of her old life, and she and Ben have to decide if they will follow the government’s rules or think for themselves.
 
I liked this book because it almost had a “this could really happen” feel to it, and it made me think about society and how we handle the problems in life.  The story showed that rebellion is not always bad, and it showed the importance of deciding what matters and knowing who you are, even if it is against the rules.

However, “Slated” is not exactly what I expected.  First, “Slated,” like “The Hunger Games,” is about a dystopian society, so I thought it would be more futuristic; but “Slated” is set in the 21st century.  Second, I thought that the author did not do a very good job of explaining why being slated was such a big deal or what other people thought of “Slateds.”  I also thought the story would be primarily about Kayla’s experiences, but it is a complex story that is very emotional, and there are many hardships for the characters to overcome.

“Slated” is a dystopian story with a twist. I would recommend this book for anyone in sixth grade or up because of mild language and a lot of violence. Also, I would recommend this book for anyone who can keep up with complicated plot twists and lots of emotion.
Kayla, the main character in “Slated” by Teri Terry, has been slated—that means she had her memory erased because she did or saw something wrong.  She gets a second chance in life from the government, but she has to wear a special Levo bracelet that monitors her mood. As long as her mood stays good and she follows the rules, everything is okay.  But, if not, she will be stunned or die.  When Kayla meets Ben, she finds a friend who has also been slated, and together they try to figure out how to get rid of their Levo bracelets. But Kayla keeps getting nightmares, possibly containing fragments of her old life. What will she do about it? When she meets someone who works to find people who have been slated, she discovers more and more of her old life, and she and Ben have to decide if they will follow the government’s rules or think for themselves.
I liked this book because it almost had a “this could really happen” feel to it, and it made me think about society and how we handle the problems in life.  The story showed that rebellion is not always bad, and it showed the importance of deciding what matters and knowing who you are, even if it is against the rules.

However, “Slated” is not exactly what I expected.  First, “Slated,” like “The Hunger Games,” is about a dystopian society, so I thought it would be more futuristic; but “Slated” is set in the 21st century.  Second, I thought that the author did not do a very good job of explaining why being slated was such a big deal or what other people thought of “Slateds.”  I also thought the story would be primarily about Kayla’s experiences, but it is a complex story that is very emotional, and there are many hardships for the characters to overcome.

“Slated” is a dystopian story with a twist. I would recommend this book for anyone in sixth grade or up because of mild language and a lot of violence. Also, I would recommend this book for anyone who can keep up with complicated plot twists and lots of emotion.