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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.
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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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