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The Murder Complex, Lindsay Cummings

Label
The Murder Complex
Title
The Murder Complex
Statement of responsibility
Lindsay Cummings
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In a world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate, fifteen-year-old Meadow, trained by her father to kill and survive in any situation, falls in love with Zephyr, a government assassin
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Tone
Review
  • Grades 9-12 In the Shallows, once known as the Everglades, hard-to-earn Creds are traded like old-fashioned money, kindness is punishable, and the mantra is kill or be killed. Everything is controlled by the omnipotent Initiative, and life matters little since overpopulation was facilitated by the Cure. Meadow, on the verge of 16, murders to secure a job in the rations department, while Zephyr, a 17-year-old ward, spends his mornings cleaning the streets of the dead. Through a chance meeting, they find they are made for each other despite the fact that he is programmed to kill, and she is trained to survive. Nevertheless, they join forces to find out who Meadow’s mother was and who Zephyr really is. Chapters alternate between the duo’s points of view, dovetailing into an explosive, mind-bending quest to stop the oppression. This debut is a carefully crafted, chilling look at how unbridled control over citizens’ lives leads to fear, anger, and blind trust, while raising many important questions about playing God and its long-term consequences. -- Fredriksen, Jeanne (Reviewed 05-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 18, p64)
  • Gr 9 Up — A cure for human disease has been found, and overpopulation sets in, causing the society in this bleak dystopian novel to create an official murder compound. Cummings builds an intense, distinct world full of rogue pirates and government commandments. Meadow's main concern is taking care of her family, and her father has trained her to survive in any situation, making her a tough fighter. Zephyr is an unhappy ward assigned to carry out the Initiative's violent commands. After a chance encounter brings the two together, they form an immediate bond, though the reasons for their desire are not set up beforehand, which leads to a forced romance. The point of view alternates between the teens, but it is difficult to distinguish between their narrative voices. This dismal look at the darker side of humanity raises interesting questions of wealth, power, and privacy, yet none of them is fully explored. An additional purchase for those still looking to bolster their dystopian collections.—Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ --Carrie Shaurette (Reviewed May 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 5, p127)
  • Cummings debuts with a bloody dystopian thriller, in which what’s left of humanity hides behind the great Perimeter and scrabbles over increasingly scarce resources. No one dies from natural causes, thanks to nanites in humans’ bloodstreams, and as a result violence and murder are commonplace. Sixteen-year-old Meadow Woodson fights to the death to earn a job that will let her feed her family. Everything changes when she meets Zephyr James, a mysterious young man secretly programmed to be a killer. Together, they confront the darkest secrets of their society, while battling each other and a host of other enemies. Cummings takes her dystopian setting to almost ludicrous extremes before springing a flurry of surprises on readers. The frequent perspective switches between Meadow and Zephyr are almost whiplash-inducing, and the characters prove hard to sympathize with: Meadow kills with worrisome casualness, Zephyr is almost too tormented by his role, and their predictable romance has little grounding. The setting remains nebulous, and the cliffhanger ending leaves much to be resolved. Ages 14–up. Agent: Louise Fury, L. Perkins Agency. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 14, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 15, p)
  • In a world where no one can die, murder is the only way out.In an overcrowded, not-so-distant future Florida, the Initiative keeps a close eye on citizens. Years ago, a plague threatened humanity, but Pins implanted under the skin release nanites that keep everyone healthy. Sixteen-year-old Meadow has been trained by her fisherman father to survive and to kill if necessary. Zephyr, 17, is an orphaned Ward; his job is to clean up the corpses of the victims of the 300-plus murders each month with his only friend, Talan. Zephyr has blackouts and is sure he has killed several people; and sometimes during his blackouts he dreams of a silver-haired girl. When Zephyr and Meadow meet, they set in motion a series of events that will change their world...and maybe the world at large forever. Cummings' debut, a bloody sci-fi thriller, strains credulity as the plot twists mount and previously held beliefs are shown to be false. Zephyr and Meadow trade off present-tense narration duties in alternating chapters, but their voices are not distinct enough for the device to work well. The world built is interesting enough, but it never comes alive and peters out at the close.Those in need of more dystopian fiction (is there anyone in this glut?) could do worse, but it's not a first purchase. (Dystopian romance. 14-17)(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10318654
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cummings, Lindsay
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.C91466
LC item number
Mu 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Murder Complex series
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Murder
  • Violence
  • Survival
  • Love
  • Science fiction
  • Youths' writings
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The Murder Complex, Lindsay Cummings
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn859586232
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780062220004
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014005186
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)859586232
Label
The Murder Complex, Lindsay Cummings
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn859586232
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780062220004
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014005186
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)859586232

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