Hey y’all! In my ventures at Lit Up Review, I’ve really started liking how they do Waiting on Wednesday. It’s exposed me to so many new reads and I’ve really fallen out of habit of catching up with new releases! I’m absolutely in love with their formatting as well so that might adapt a little on the blog. So without further ado, here’s my first Waiting on Wednesday!
Novel: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings | Goodreads
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
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.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading for Lindsay before and her writing is phenomenal – solid, with excellent world-building and relatable characters – with the seasoned feel of someone who’s written dozens of novels. She has this finesse when it comes to writing, this natural ease that makes each sentence flow together with punch and tension. Her writing is just plain good.
In addition to the writing, I’m looking forward to this for the plot! It’s been a while since a dystopian or similar story has been gritty but with enough romance and suspense to keep me interested. The last one that comes to mind is The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa, although The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a little close too.
It takes a bit of sacrifice and a lot of action to keep a book like this fresh in the dystopian genre. This one looks up to the challenge. I love the contrasts between the love interests and the assassin angle – that’s always so much fun to read!
Also, major props to her because I have so much respect for young authors. She balances it all beautifully. She’s just an awesome person. You can follow her on Twitter here! I am so unbelievably excited for this one. It looks like an explosive start to a series.