Author: Lindsay Cummings
Series: The Murder Complex #1
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
I experienced dystopian burnout a few months ago, so I’ve limited them a lot in my reading. The Murder Complex is one that caught my attention, though. While it didn’t blown me away, I did enjoy it. The fact that it’s a little over 400 pages, yet felt like I flew through it, is a major plus.
World-building – It’s interesting. Of course there is the controlling government trope, but Cummings did a good job with making the story different. After a plague wiped out a large portion of the population, a cure was concocted. This cure allows everyone to heal quickly and to never get sick. The remaining people now live in a large city where things aren’t all that great. They aren’t allowed to leave and they must follow the government’s commandments, or there could be deadly consequences. One thing is for sure, do not get caught outside after dark. *shivers*
Action – There is plenty of action in The Murder Complex, but it isn’t overdone. Sometimes action and fighting scenes can drag a little too much for my taste, or should I say my attention span. However, it was done really well here.
Characters – I have a thing for tough, head-strong females, so it should be no surprise that I like Meadow. Not only is she lethal, she knows how to survive dire situation. No wonder with the way she was raised. Her dad is a little loco, but it really is for their own good. If I lived in a world like that, I would absolutely make his training a necessity. Honestly, I think more girls should be taught these defense tactics now in this world. Maybe not quite how he does it though. Though Zephyr doesn’t stand out in the world of leading men, he is a nice guy that I found likable. Well, when he’s not trying to kill people, that is. We do get his perspective, which worked really well in this book.
Plot – Though it was fairly easy to figure things out, it was still a nice ride. The murder rate continues to grow at a rapid rate, and Meadow gets pulled into situations that uncover truth about what’s going on. And it isn’t pretty. I found it interesting, but there are definitely some questions that I’m sure will be answered in the next book. Thank goodness the story kept a quick pace without feeling out of control.
Overall, The Murder Complex was a good book that I’m glad I read. There is a bit of a heart pounding cliffhanger, so I’m excited to get a hold of the next book.
The Murder Complex Series