The Murder Complex
By Lindsay Cummings
Pages 398 (kindle)
From the back cover:
“In a world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate, fifteen-year-old Meadow, trained by her father to kill and survive in any situation, falls in love with Zephyr, a government assassin.”
For the last few months I have followed the author, Lindsay Cummings, on Instagram and I have witnessed the build up to the release date of her debut novel The Murder Complex. I was eagerly awaiting the day that I would get to read the book that I had been hearing so much about and seeing so much hype about in the bookstagram community. I was not disappointed.
A short synopsis:
Fifteen-year-old Meadow Woodson was trained by her father to survive, after all the world in which they lived was anything but safe. Murder is a commonplace occurrence in The Shallows. People are poor and hungry and desperate. The Initiative control all that goes on within The Shallows, from food rations to work placements and upholding the law. Everyone has a Pin in their arm which releases nanites. Nanites prevent disease and heal injuries, including broken bones and blood loss, but in a world where disease and famine cannot kill people still need to die in order to make room for new life. The Murder Complex is the answer to this, people such a Zephyr James, Patient Zero, were created to carry out such population control. They are the Initiative’s highly trained assassins.
When Meadow meets Zephyr she begins to experience her first friendship and feelings of falling in love, that is until he tries to murder her. Zephyr is stronger than the other assassins and as his love for Meadow grows he begins to fight even harder to slacken the grip that the Initiative has over him. Together Meadow and Zephyr plan to uncover the truth behind the Initiative, their world and shutdown The Murder Complex. When they meet the resistance it seems that they will have help.
But why does Meadow’s dead mother seem to be so involved in The Murder Complex?
The Murder Complex is a truly fascinating, fast-paced and action-packed novel, a marvellous debut of which any author would be immensely proud. Please do not be put off by my poor synopsis! Meadow and Zephyr are in no way your typical teen romance, for Meadow is no ordinary girl. She is definitely not one to be gooey eyed and weak-at-the-knees over a boy, in fact I think she beats Zephyr up more than she is affectionate towards him!
Meadow Woodson is strong, independent and fearless, as much of a trained assassin as Zephyr, with a heart of gold. Meadow is unshakably loyal and will defend her family to her last breath. In no way is Meadow reliant on someone to save her, she is more than capable of looking after herself, she’s realistic and honest. She is a breath of fresh air in the field of role-models for teenage girls.
Cummings’ characters have a real depth to them and the world in which she has created is flawless, you can tell how much passion she has put into this novel and that she knows her world and her characters inside out. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and also the prequel novella The Fear Trials which shows Meadows first taste at training with her father. I cannot wait to see how Meadow and Zephyr’s stories pan out in the rest of the series.
Recommended for fans of Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Passage by Justin Cronin and the dystopian fiction genre.