Violent and Engrossing: Review of The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

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Hey, everyone. Today we’ll be reviewing THE MURDER COMPLEX by Lindsay Cummings. This book came out on June 10, 2014. We both read this book because it sounded like something we wanted to read, and we really wanted to support the author. Now, let’s get on to what this book is actually about, shall we?
 
This book takes place in a bloody world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. Everyone in this world has healing nanites that keep people from dying from disease or health-related issues. So now, each night, people kill others just to survive.
 
This book flips perspectives in each chapter from Meadow, a fierce sixteen-year-old, to Zephyr, a Ward. (Wards basically just clean up all the dead bodies on the street). Somehow, their worlds become intertwined as they learn what this “Murder Complex” is and more about how important they really are.
 
I (Sasha) also thought this book reminded me of Reboot by Amy Tintera. The main character was a kick-butt female who acted, sometimes, almost inhumane because of the world they’ve been trained to survive in. Also, Zephyr kind of reminded me of Callum–but they were still different.
 
Sarena gave this book 4* and Sasha gave it 4.5*. We both thought there were a few flaws that kept this book away from a full 5*-worthy book. That being said, we really enjoyed the world Lindsay built, even though we thought there could have been a bit more world building. Sometimes words were just thrown at the reader, and it was hard to digest what everything meant. However, we still really liked the description of the world (though we would never want to live there).
 
We also felt like certain things in the book (the train, the archery) just came from famous dystopias like Divergent and The Hunger Games, so it felt like the author just drew from some of her favourite books for inspiration. However, these were somewhat minor details, and the world was still quite unique.
 
We enjoyed Meadow and Zephyr’s characters, though we thought their relationship was just a bit too “insta-love-y”. Still, we liked that their relationship took a back seat to the real plot lines/twists to the story!
 
We felt like this book laid down the base of the story–we can’t wait to see what happens next in this duology!
 
Have you read THE MURDER COMPLEX? How did you enjoy it? Let us know in the comments below!
 
-S&S
 

 

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