Review: The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings

July 22, 2016 Review 14 ★★★★

Review: The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings
The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings
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Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 100
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Family, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Young Adult
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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?

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Overall: 3.9

14 Responses to “Review: The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings”

    • Alise

      Me too, it’s always nice to see a novella deliver because it makes me feel like I didn’t waste my money. Thanks :)

  1. Antonia

    Although I don’t usually read book like this one you really got me intrigued. I want to read different kind of books and this one seems to be amazing. Definitely going to check it out. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • Alise

      That’s what I was afraid of when I got the first book for review but now I can’t wait to check the series out.

    • Alise

      Ooh, good to know! Yeah, I’m looking forward to the other aspects but it sucks that the romance isn’t that great.

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