Slated: Book 1

Book review by
Joanna H. Kraus, Common Sense Media
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Compelling story of teen's struggle against government.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Readers can consider what it would be like to start one's life over completely and have every emotion monitored -- and to fight an oppressive regime.

Positive Messages

Kyla, the protagonist, summons the courage to fight a tyrannical government.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kyla gradually becomes aware that she's different from the others who are slated. Memories that were supposed to have been erased erupt in her nightmares. Gradually she realizes that the government's plan is not benign, and she gathers her strength and courage to try to become her own person. Ben is a caring boyfriend and brave enough to do something for justice that could possibly end his existence.

Violence

There's prejudice against those who are slated. Kyla is harassed by whispered gossip, and girls trip her so she falls and injures herself. She's threatened by a creepy man who stalks her and is ready to murder her -- and nearly does so -- but she suddenly remembers strategies to wound him. Throughout the novel there's a strong sense of menace, both from the government Lorders and the anti-government Terrorists. There are unexplained arrests and shooting attacks.

Sex

There's a budding romance with tender kisses.

Language

"Holy crap," "dammit," "hell," and the insults "spy-head" and "chip-head."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A drug called "happy juice" is administered to those who are slated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Slated is a provocative novel that raises ethical questions. In a not-so-distant future, young people suspected of crimes get a second chance by having their identities and memories erased. Their well-being is constantly monitored electronically by a Levo, a bracelet that can't be removed. There's prejudice against those who are slated, and protagonist Kyla is harassed by whispered gossip, and girls trip her so she falls and injures herself. She's threatened by a creepy man who stalks her and nearly murders her, but she remembers strategies to wound him. There's a strong sense of menace throughout the novel, both from the government Lorders and the anti-government Terrorists, as well as unexplained arrests and shooting attacks. There's a bit of strong language ("holy crap," "dammit," "hell") and a budding romance with tender kisses.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Aunt of a 14 year old Written byEmily D. April 19, 2018

My opinion

I really do think that it is a good book for a teen to read. It gives them an exciting book to read and helps them get to a creative mindset after my niece read... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymmoonn16 October 9, 2015

Appropreate for mature audiences

I personally really enjoyed this book. There is a scene where a creepy man follows Kayla (main character) and he assaults her, he kisses her a bit but she the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bycsg.reviews November 9, 2014

Slated Book Review

This book is very exciting and is a major book roller-coaster. It is my all time favourite book. It takes some time to get used to but once you're in, you... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's the mid-21st century, and suspected young criminals in the United Kingdom have their memories erased so they can earn a second chance with a new name and adoptive family. Kyla has no idea who she was or what she did, but she's troubled by recurring nightmares that she shouldn't be having -- and she's dangerously curious. Why is she so different from the others who are \"slated\"? If slating is only for criminals, why are people who have done nothing wrong suddenly disappearing? The more fearful she becomes, the more determined she is to fight back. Threaded through the story is her forbidden romance with Ben, another slated, who's willing to risk his life for the truth.

Is it any good?

SLATED is compelling to read and provocative to ponder and discuss. Though the conclusion occurs somewhat too abruptly, on the whole this debut is well crafted and full of suspense, a stunning novel of a teen's struggle against government tyranny. Author Teri Terry vividly depicts terrorism from both the government and the secret opposition.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Familes can talk about what it would be like to be slated. If you woke up one morning and had no idea who you were, how would you attempt to start your life again?

  • Why are novels and films portraying a dystopian future so popular right now? What others have you read or seen?

  • Have you ever been trapped in what seemed to be an impossible situation?  Were you able to solve it? How?

  • Are violent methods ever necessary to achieve or maintain a stable society?

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