Friday, June 6, 2014

The Fear Trials ~ Lindsay Cummings Tour Review [@LindsayCWrites @HarperTeen @TUABFC #FFBC]

The Fear Trials (The Murder Complex #0.5
HarperTeen Impulse
June 3, 2014
100 pages
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Meadow Woodson has been trained to survive. This is a prequel to The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings, and it is set in a blood-soaked world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. For fans of Moira Young's Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson's father calls it The Fear Trials, and it is a rite of passage in their family. Meadow is up against her brother Koi. The Fear Trials will both harden her and make her brave. If Meadow wins, she will get a weapon of her own and the right to leave the Woodsons' houseboat without her father or mother at her side. Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson—a teenage girl trained to survive no matter what the cost—and her family, who are together for the last time on their houseboat in the Florida Everglades.
"Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson," is probably the most important bit of the 'The Murder Complex' summary. This enovella prequel is an introduction to the character, Meadow, that we'll get to know better in the novel, The Murder Complex.

Meadow is a girl who loves her family, her sister Peri, brother Koi and her parents - distant and different though they may be. Her father is trying to train her to fight, to survive in the world they live in. But Meadow isn't fully committed, yet; she doesn't understand all of the dangers. As Meadow begins to comprehend all of the danger , during 'The Fear Trials,' so do readers.

This prequel is much more an introduction to Meadow's character than to The Murder Complex world. We learn some through Meadow's narration, but also through her experiences.

If this were a standalone novella, it would not quite work. There's too much unexplained, too much information the world where it takes place that isn't give. As it is the introduction to a series, though, it really does work. We see an evolution of Meadow's character and get just enough about her world for it to be mysterious, yet tantalizing.

After meeting Meadow and her family, seeing who her character is at the end, and little bits of her world, I'm anxious to read The Murder Complex once it's out June 10th.

Rating: 8/10

about The Murder Complex, the author and giveaway below . . .

about The Murder Complex:

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1)
Greenwilow Books
June 10, 2014
416 pages
add to Goodreads/buy from Book Depo/B&N/iTunes/or Amazon Kindle & hardcover

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.

about the author:
Lindsay Cummings is the 20-year-old author of THE MURDER COMPLEX, as well as its sequel, coming 2014 from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, coming Fall 2014 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.

Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, can’t get enough of her two pesky German Shepherds, wolf cub, and two horses. She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @lindsaycwrites
website / Goodreads author page / Twitter /  Facebook

check out the rest of the tour (schedule) for more posts, reviews of The Fear Trials and The Murder Complex!

Win (1) of (3) signed hardback of The Murder Complex + swag pack (US Only)

details (also in 'terms & conditions'):
- US Only
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- The Giveaway will run: June 2nd to June 8th
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(thank you to the publisher, author and TFFBC for the tour and the enovella to review)

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