The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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The Murder Complex

Goodreads says: An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

The Murder Complex was one of the books I really wanted to read, because so many others seemed to love this a lot. The premise of the book was really interesting and different from the other popular YA dystopian novels. Unfortunately this wasn’t as good as I hoped it to be.

The beginning of the book was promising I really liked how Meadow loved her family and wanted to protect them, especially her little sister. I also thought Zephyr was really interesting as a character and how we didn’t know if he was going crazy or what. From the moment these two meet I felt like all of it started to go downhill. It’s total instalove between them and it seems that even though both of them did pretty bad things to each other still love seems to conquer and forgive all.

From that point onward till the end of the book there weren’t really any plot twists that surprised me. Some of them seemed to solve really easy too, like the situation at the end of the book with Zephyr. It just seemed majorly convenient to tumble upon answers to every problem they were presented.

Overall I feel like this book could have been much, much better with better character and plot development and with less instalove. Have you read The Murder Complex? What are your thoughts on it?

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