Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Family, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
Meadow Woodson has been trained to survive. This is a prequel to The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings, and it is set in a blood-soaked world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. For fans of Moira Young's Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.
Meadow Woodson's father calls it The Fear Trials, and it is a rite of passage in their family. Meadow is up against her brother Koi. The Fear Trials will both harden her and make her brave. If Meadow wins, she will get a weapon of her own and the right to leave the Woodsons' houseboat without her father or mother at her side. Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson—a teenage girl trained to survive no matter what the cost—and her family, who are together for the last time on their houseboat in the Florida Everglades.
When I came across this good sized novella prequel to The Murder Complex series I decided I had to check it out, courtesy of my library’s awesome digital collection. About a year ago I passed on the opportunity to review THE MURDER COMPLEX because I didn’t think it would be for me and I had read some mixed reviews.
How wrong I was! I so wish I had given this series a chance because THE FEAR TRIALS really grabbed me and made me want to know everything about the harsh world Cummings has created.
“It’s about having the courage to do something,
to take a risk, when it matters most.”
THE FEAR TRIALS delivered more characterization that most other novellas, but I do wish the characters would have been fleshed out a little more because they were very intriguing.
People curious about THE MURDER COMPLEX should give this one a try, it’s a fast paced read that feels like it tells a complete story, one that satisfies you yet still makes you want to pick up the rest of the series right away.
Have any of you read THE MURDER COMPLEX? How did you like it?