Review: “The Murder Complex” by Lindsay Cummings

“Welcome to the Murder Complex. You cannot see us. You cannot feel us. But we are here. And we control your every move.”

A Red Raven Reads Review of “The Murder Complex” by Lindsay Cummings

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THE STORY:

Girl meets boy. Except, well, the boy is a serial killer. But he’s hot so it’s okay. (No, seriously, like I am so down. Hottest serial killer ever.)

In a dystopian future (yes, more YA dystopia, but hang in there), Meadow and her family struggle to stay afloat amidst a bloodthirsty society. Typical, right? But things get a heck of a lot more interesting when Meadow meets Zephyr, whom she must fight an intense attraction for—especially when he attacks and tries to kill her. However, the monster that tried to kill her isn’t really Zephyr, but a program installed by the government to make him an assassin pawn. Well. Basically.

THE GOOD:

This book is action packed, vivid, bloody, and an addictive page-turner. It’s hard to put this book down once you start—it draws you in and doesn’t let you go. Meadow and Zephyr are both great, likeable characters. I would go so far as to say they’re actually quite fascinating. If you want a bloody dystopian thriller, this is definitely the book for you!

THE BAD:

This book is by no means for everyone. It’s interesting but also so typically “YA Dystopian.” I don’t know if anybody else is getting sick of them, but I sure am. I need fresh meat! There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, to be honest. It just wasn’t anything special or different, and it’s hard for me to be okay with that. Further, the violence and death was so frequent it almost lost its effectiveness.

THE CONSENSUS:

This book is good. Really interesting and fun and gruesome. But it’s almost too gruesome, and almost too “good,” in the sense that it doesn’t really grow from there. However, don’t let the bad take away the good—it truly was an addictive experience for me, and I think other readers would enjoy it if they are fans of the genre. However, if you’ve got the “Dystopian Slumps,” I would recommend a break before picking this baby up.

THE RATING:

After careful consideration, I’ve decided to give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I really did like it, and I would definitely recommend it to fans of Dystopia or action-packed page-turners. However, if that doesn’t sound like your style, I probably wouldn’t pick it up.

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