The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Posted June 8, 2014 | 28 Comments

The Murder Complex by Lindsay CummingsThe Murder Complex
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Series: The Murder Complex #1
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Format: eARC
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.

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28 responses to “The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

  1. This is one of the few dystopians that I’ve been interested in as well<—–I know the burn-out you speak of. Your review is a bit less enthusiastic than the last one I read, but I still think it sounds promising. I one-clicked the prequel anyway. I figure that's a good way to get an idea about whether or not it will work for me 😉 Great review, Christy!

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one overall Christy! I ended up loving it – it pulled me out of a reading funk because, as you said, it’s 400 pages but they fly right by. I agree that Zephyr didn’t really stand out, but I loved Meadow as you did and really can’t wait to see what comes next for the two of them. This world is one I definitely do NOT want to live in:)

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  3. I do wanted to read it (and I really should have, oops) but I don’t know, I’m not really that into dystopian anymore unless it’s one that blows everyone away. It just feels like repeat most of the time, and I just got bored. Glad the action was good, but not too much, it does get boring after a while, and lowers the intenseness, and yay, a good head-strong main! I heard about the romance though…don’t think I’ll like it. Shame it’s a little predictable (but see, this is why I don’t read them much anymore), but I guess most things in YA is predictable anyway, so nothings changed there. At least it was a quick read, even if it has a decent amount of pages. 🙂

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  4. A year ago, or even 6 months ago I would have passed on this one. I was still in my no dystopian phase, but I have been coming out of my burnout and Dystopians are slowly starting to pique my interest again. I want to read this one so bad!

    Kimba reviewed this one today and she also enjoyed it, so I will be reading this one…sometime. haha

    Great Review Christy!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  5. Hmm…I rarely read dystopian, so I haven’t given this one much thought. It does seem to have an interesting premise, and any 400 page book that you can fly through must be good!
    Thanks for the review, Christy!

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  6. I’ve heard so much about this book the last few months because it’s i followed the author on twitter and she constantly talked about it so it’s been on my radar forever but now i’m glad that reviews are coming in and i can decide whether to read it or not! Luckily it seems like this so me read (i also had a dystopian burn out a few months ago but i think it’s been long enough and is should give them a shot again!)

  7. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this one- it sounds interesting. I have a thing for strong-headed female leads, too, and I’m currently in a dystopia mood.

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