Review: The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1) by Lindsay Cummings

13576132 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: June 10, 2014 by Greenwillow Books
Series: #1 (The Murder Complex)
Length: 400 pages
Source: Greenwillow (ARC)

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?

review

The Murder Complex is a fast-paced, dystopian book about Meadow Woodson who is trained to kill and fight by her father. I have mixed feelings for this book because of the world building. I understand that there are Leeches, Gravers, and Pirates that roam around the society to punish those who chooses to disobey the commandments, but what I cannot picture is the world. It was hard to imagine it because I think the author was focusing more on the action scenes than the world. The other thing I did not like about The Murder Complex is how the two main characters, Meadow and Zephyr, sound so much alike! This book has alternating view points so it was hard to distinguish which character was narrating even if the first page of the chapter says Zephyr/Meadow was narrating. Also, I noticed that the author tends to be redundant at times.

What I loved about this book though, are the action scenes. There were a lot of blood scenes which will make it hard for you to put down the book. Some scenes also reminded me of The Hunger Games and Divergent. I also like how there were a lot of plot twists right off the beginning. This is the type of book where you won’t pay attention to what chapter you are at because you just want to keep on reading! I was actually surprised to see the acknowledgements page because I wasn’t aware that I was already reading the last chapter. I also liked the romance during the 2nd half of the book because at first it was kind of insta-lovey. Overall I recommend it to those who loves reading dystopian books or books with a lot of twists and action!

3.5 of 5

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8 Responses to “Review: The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1) by Lindsay Cummings”


  1. 1 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) June 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    I’ve heard this about the world building more than a few times. That’s kind of why I’ve been putting this one off 😛 The action and pacing sound good though, so that might make up for it. Either way, I’ll be going into this one with lowered expectations I think. Great review, Leigh 🙂

  2. 3 Alicia♥ June 16, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    This was one of my most-anticipated 2014 debuts… was. Many bloggers don’t seem to enjoy it, and the world building is a big problem here! I can handle it when characters are not-so-likeable, or if the plot isn’t the most original… but weak world building is a definite NO-NO. I’m very excited for the action, though I’ll need a lot more talking into to finally pick up this book. Thank you for the review!

    • 4 Leigh (LittleBookStar) June 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      Same! I was so excited to read it, but then when I finished the book, I just feel like something else was missing. I liked it, but def. did not love it. The characters were okay, I just wish they weren’t so much alike! It got so confusing sometimes on who was narrating. You should def. still read it, though.

  3. 5 Kate @ The Book Bee June 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    It’s a shame it didn’t meet your expectations. The title sounds so interesting but having a hard time picturing the world you’re reading about makes it really impossible to enjoy the book. I may check this one out just in case. Great review. 🙂

  4. 6 Ana @ Read Me Away June 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    It does sound really interesting, but I’m always so picky about world-building in dystopian novels. I want to see them bring something new, unique, AND well-done to the table because of the prevalence of dystopian books nowadays. This would probably be a “maybe” sort of book for me.

  5. 7 Sophia C (@sophiareads) July 15, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Ah. This one is sitting on my virtual shelf (aka Kindle) but I never really got into it. I’ve been hearing mixed reviews, and eventually I’ll get to it, but….eh. It sounds interesting but bad world building? In a dystopian? Definitely not good.


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