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An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller—set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate—that Booklist called "carefully crafted . . . chilling." "Legend meets La Femme Nikita in this dark and dangerous bloody thriller. The nonstop action of The Murder Complex kept us guessing at every twist and turn. It's a must for fans of action-packed dystopians like The Hunger Games and Divergent."—Justine Magazine

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.

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Close your eyes and feel your enemy's weakness.
Mind over body.
Mind over body.
Mind over body.

Now survive.

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

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9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
An action packed dark story with tons of twists! 10 juin 2014
Par A Reading Nurse - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
Wow, what can I say about The Murder Complex, other than it was one hell of a ride. You are immediately drawn into the story line. I don't want to go too much more into the synopsis than what is stated above. Almost from page one you are drawn into this action packed story. This story is very dark and at times gory. This story had a very DIVERGENT feel to me, except the roles are reversed. Meadow is the one that is brave and kick ass where as Zephyr is trying to figure things out, who is, what he is and why he keeps doing things we doesn't want to to do.

There are so many twists and turns in this book that start about 50 % through, starting from one almost "deadly" kiss. Around this point is where I could not put the book down and I flew through the last 50 percent of the book in less than 2 hours, because I just had to know what was going to happen next. There is a big TWIST in the end of the book that made me gasp out loud. Luckily the book does not end on a huge cliff hanger, but so many new components are revealed that will keep you waiting for the next installment of the series.

With all the action and big scenes, I would have liked to see a little more talk about emotions and feelings to kind of add more context to the action that was occurring and add more depth to the over-all story line. These characters were so great and interesting I wanted to know more about them and develop a deeper connection to them. I am hoping to see more character development in the next book, mixed in with the awesome story line and action packed pace that Lindsay Cummings has created.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Dark, gritty, and blood-soaked---and awesome 26 juillet 2014
Par Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
The Murder Complex is one of those books that appealed to me from the beginning. I'm all for dark, gritty, and violent. The synopsis sells that element of the book, and the book delivers.

While what drew me into The Murder Complex to begin with and got me going in the book was the gritty, violent world promised, it was really the characters that kept me reading. Meadow is interesting and different from a lot of YA characters in that, yes, like most she'll sacrifice for her family, but she'll also kill. There's this line that a lot of authors don't push their characters past, and it's interesting to see the psyche of someone who is both willing to kill and who does kill. At the same time, she's not cold-blooded, she's not distant. She's very present and loving, especially towards her younger sister, Peri. It's this love that pushes her, the love that hopes she can keep her sister from having to make the same sacrifices she has. She is a product of the society she lives in, but she's never without motive and love.

Zephyr is just as interesting as Meadow. His history seems to be simple, and his memories are few in number but happy. Everything is upended in Zephyr's life, though. He knows he kills, but he has little recollection and cannot stop himself. He spends each and every day mourning those he has murdered and trying to help new, inexperienced orphans survive. He's gentle at heart, but that is at odds with what he does in the Dark Hour. His journey into finding out who he truly is and where he comes from is fascinating.

Seriously, the action here does nothing but deliver. Chapter after chapter after chapter. If that's your kind of thing, this is awesome and addicting. If it's not, it's hard to say you'll enjoy this novel. That being said, it pretty much made me want to jump around and throw knives (though not kill people, obviously). I kept turning page after page, left at the end of each chapter with new questions that needed answers--immediately.

I can tell you the romance is going to bother people, because it's tinged with that oft-hated characteristic of instalove, but, aside from Meadow and Zephyr thinking things, there's not much acted on. The beginning is a little confusing hopping in, because you're given lots of capitalized names that you don't know the meaning of, but the world is built immensely well and you understand soon enough. These are things that sit in the back of my mind, personally, but didn't really ever actively bother me.

I had a great time reading The Murder Complex (which may seem odd, considering the word murder is in the title, but I digress). I read three-quarters of the book in one very excited sitting. It's just teeming with interesting characters, great world building, and plot. So, if you're a fan of dark, blood-soaked, and gritty books, The Murder Complex is for you.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
... Lindsay Cummings on Instagram and Youtube and I just love her to pieces 14 juillet 2014
Par CindiJ - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I follow Lindsay Cummings on Instagram and Youtube and I just love her to pieces! She has such a great personality and one day I'd love to meet her. But in several interviews, she did mention while writing this book, she went through a bout of depression due to some illnesses she's had, and I totally saw that being reflected in this book.

This book was dark and bloody and sometimes unnecessarily so. I felt ok about Meadow and ok about Zephr. Both of them didn't really make me feel for them like I sometimes feel for characters in books. I liked the alternating chapters style and didn't get mixed up while reading it. Lindsay provided different voices for Meadow and Zephr and I thought that was done really well.

I guess my main problems with this book were the world building and the writing style. First the world building. I didn't quite understand why the world turned out the way it did. How come the death rate is so appalling and killing just like this was ok. The government seemed really bad but how did it get this way? It gets somewhat explained towards the end but I wanted more! In this Dystopian world, there's not really this BIG BAD that I felt like controlled everything and gave us a reason to fear it. There were just crazy people running around that were supposed to be "the government" so it didn't quite make me understand how this world worked.

The writing style, while sometimes beautiful, I felt lacked description. I wanted a more rich rich as a pool of fresh blood!!! The pacing was really really fast and sometimes I wished it slowed down a bit to provide richer description of the setting or feelings these characters were having. For instance, sometimes with certain action scenes, I'd get confused where the characters were and how the fights were happening. I didn't know who was in the scene and where the bad guys were in connection to the good guys in a room!

The ending was definitely a cliffhanger and I have no idea how Lindsay is going to turn this one around in the next book. It's almost a dire situation so I'll just leave it at that. I will be picking up the second and last book (I heard this was a duology) because I want to support her in every way! I just hope some of the problems I encountered in this one is somehow fixed in the next!
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
I'm definitely going to read the sequel. 12 juillet 2014
Par Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
The Murder Complex was a very good read for me, especially considering my lack of interest in most of dystopia books lately. It was an exciting, action-packed, bloody start to a really interesting series. It had most of the elements that I see in many books of the genre, but the concepts made it stand out.


This world was so interesting. I loved the concept of the Murder Complex and how it came to be. The world building was good. There was a history that explained why the world was the way it was, but it wasn't revealed until later in the book. Before then, there were hints as to what the Murder Complex was, who had founded it (a very important part, by the way), and why it was started in the first place. 

Like I said before, this dystopia had most of the elements that books of the genre seem to have (violence, resistance, a controlling force, death, etc.), but I loved how it focused on overpopulation (and population control) and the affects of intervening on the natural order of things (death). It made the book so interesting to read. 


This wasn't a surprise considering the book description, but this was quite the exciting read. it was action-packed and bloody. It had big twists and other events that made my eyes go wide. The most exciting part was the end, though. My jaw literally dropped and my eyes widened as I stared at the last paragraph and wished I had the sequel.


This part didn't dominate the book, but romance usually stands out to me. I liked Zephyr and Meadow together, but at the same time, I didn't like their relationship. It had so much conflict in it that I couldn't decide whether I wanted them to be together or not. They had a certain chemistry that I sensed very early on, which was what made me think they went well together. So, I was a bit iffy on this part of the book.


The Murder Complex had many wow moments, but overall book didn't amaze me. There was still something about it that didn't draw me in completely. Nevertheless, I really liked reading it! The concepts made for an interesting world and the twists and events added a lot of excitement. I will definitely be reading the sequel! 

*I received a copy of this book for review purposes. This has not affected my opinion of the book in any way.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A debut to watch out for with a gritty and realistic feel to this dystopian world! 14 juin 2014
Par Pili at In Love With Handmade - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
The Murder Complex was one debut that I was quite highly in my list for this year, since I'm a huge lover of everything dystopia. And although it wasn't absolutely mindblowing, it wasn't a disappointment by any means.

There are quite a few unexpected twists and revelations to this one, and I'm gonna do my best to keep this review spoiler free, even if I'll have to be a bit vague here and there.

The Murder Complex is told in dual POV and we follow Meadow and Zephyr on their different paths until they cross and then we experience the events from both their sides. Their voices were quite distinct when we were following them separatedly but once they got together they started sounding a bit too similar on occasion, except towards the end when the voices became more distinctive again.

My favourite part of the book has to be the world building. I loved how real and gritty and chilling the world inside the perimeter felt. At first we don't really know much about how such a society came to be but as we get more answers it becomes more bleak and more scary. This is a world were humanity is not very humane and survival by any means necessary is not the norm but encouraged.

Meadow has been taught to fight and to be strong and kill whenever necessary by her father, to be able to find a job and help feed her family in the very harsh society that they live on. Zephyr is one of the Wards, orphans that do the hard tasks of corpse dispossing and cleaning afterwards, but there's more to him, a darker side that he sort of knows about but can't control.

Then comes everything that I really cannot talk about cause all the spoilers start appearing. But we find out that some characters are more central to the plot and the world building that we thought. And the society and crimes we saw depiced so routinely were more cruel and orgnized than we thought at first.

There's a bit of romance in the book, but given all the mind control and conditioning going on in the society we encounter, it's quite hard to describe as insta-love. We're not really sure about what's real and what's been implanted in the end, and if you add all the stress and all the high stakes and the fights and the adrenaline, is not to hard to see how emotions are running high and how confusing things are for Meadow and Zephyr.

The ending is quite a cliffhanger and I'm quite excited to see where the author will solve it and where she'll take the story next, cause we've give a few glimpses that are very enticing! All in all, a very interesting debut with a greatly constructed world. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for the world building.
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