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Debut author Lindsay Cummings’ new book THE MURDER COMPLEX is out today! The story features kickass heroines, complex mysteries, and a dystopian society for the ages.
Check out our review below for all the details on a fun new book series!
TITLE: THE MURDER COMPLEX
AUTHOR: Lindsay Cummings
PAGE COUNT: 400
GREAT FOR FANS OF… THE HUNGER GAMES, DIVERGENT, THE MAZE RUNNER
In the not-so-distant future, Meadow Woodson and Zephyr James live in a world of turmoil. When the cure to disease was discovered, the world thought it was a godsend. Instead, it led to overpopulation and desolation as the government collapsed and citizens fought over the quickly dissipating resources. Our protagonists are born into a police state that hardly manages to keep its people alive on the feeble rations they offer, but insists that it’s for their own safety and makes it impossible to escape.
It should be no surprise that under such a strict regime, the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. But as Meadow and Zephyr learn, it’s more than just coincidence.
If you like tough chicks who tell it like it is and will do anything to survive, you’re going to love Meadow. She is one of few who come from a mostly in tact family, mainly due to her father’s aggressive survivalist training. It comes in handy in a society where everyone is trying to kill you for your possessions and Meadow takes it all very seriously after the death of her mother. While not always the most relatable character, she is calculating and efficient in her survival skills as she navigates through her new job as a government lackey and slowly discovers their disturbing secrets. You can’t help but root for her. Her soft side comes out through her relationship with her family, especially her little sister, Peri, who is a bit more fragile, but those moments are pretty rare.
Despite coming from a much more complex background, Zephyr is the character everyone will really cheer for. Though he knows how be tough, he doesn’t necessarily want to be. Where Meadow is naturally hard-edged, Zephyr has a gooey center full of feels. As a ward of the state, he is forced to clean up and dispose of bodies after murders in the community. What his friends don’t know is this: He’s also committed quite a few of them. Of course, it’s not because he wants to. Something snaps in his mind and forces him to do it. Unlike Meadow, killing bothers him immensely. And he’s on a mission to stop himself from killing again, no matter what it takes.
When their two worlds collide, the action unfolds rapidly as they encounter more danger than ever before. The action is really enjoyable. Meadow and Zephyr make a great team and the characters surrounding them give the story personality, especially Koi, Orion, and Talan. The backstory can be a bit hard to follow at times, but the story’s slow reveals are a great way that the author amps up the tension and suspense.
While THE MURDER COMPLEX sometimes feels reminiscent of other books we’ve read, it’s a really strong debut from Lindsay Cummings that will surely gather up its own fandom among YA book lovers!