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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Slated (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books; Reprint edition (January 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780399161728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161728
  • ASIN: 0399161724
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sixteen-year-old Kyla has been “slated,” her personality and memory wiped clean by the government; all she knows is that she was a criminal given one last chance in society. Set in a near-future Britain where anyone under the age of 16 is slated rather than incarcerated, Terry’s debut is a suspenseful page-turner with a highly sympathetic and strong female protagonist. A perverse sense of claustrophobic dread grows throughout the novel, aided by the disconcerting presence of lorders, who are both protection and threat, and levos, devices embedded in slateds’ wrists that are the equivalent of internal bombs. Kyla forms a deep attachment to Ben, a slated boy, and together they become determined to discover if the people being slated are really criminals or if they were taken by the government for another reason. If so, why? A clear need to tie up all the dangling ends left by a rather abrupt ending will have readers waiting eagerly for a sequel. Grades 7-10. --Charli Osborne


“Terry’s world is remarkably like today’s. . . . The romance and politics keep suspense ratcheted up. Intriguing—readers will be on tenterhooks for the next one.”
(Kirkus Reviews)

“Terry’s debut is a suspenseful page-turner with a highly sympathetic and strong female protagonist. A perverse sense of claustrophobic dread grows throughout the novel. . . . Will have readers waiting eagerly for a sequel.”

“Building on an intriguing concept, this novel offers readers a chance to consider the power of memory and the inescapable influence of one's past. . . . [Kyla’s] instincts and innate curiosity make for a refreshing change from the often overly naïve heroines of recent YA science fiction, and readers will enjoy watching her learn to be crafty in the face of danger and adult deception. What truly makes this novel stand out from the dystopian pack, though, is the well-crafted suspense. Layers of mystery . . . the shifting blend of half-truths, misdirection, and obfuscation heightens the suspense. . . . Readers will anxiously await sequels to come.”
(The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

“Debut author Terry’s . . . treatment of medically induced amnesia is intriguing.”
(Publishers Weekly)

“A wonderful, fast-paced tale. It has a fascinating premise: treat juvenile offenders humanely by removing all thoughts that caused their misbehavior; but at what cost does that humane treatment come? This could definitely continue as a series.”
(Library Media Connection)

More About the Author

Teri Terry has lived in France, Canada, Australia and England at more addresses than she can count, acquiring four degrees, a selection of passports and a silly name along the way.

Moving constantly as a child, teenager and also as an adult has kept Teri on the outside looking in much of her life. It has given her an obsession with characters like Kyla in Slated, who don't belong or find themselves in unfamiliar places.

Teri recently left her job with Buck's libraries in England to write full-time and complete her research MA on the depiction of terrorism in recent young adult dystopian literature.

In the UK Slated won the North East Teenage Book Award, the Leeds Book Award, the Angus book award, the Portsmouth Book Award, the Rotherham book award and the Rib Valley Book Award, and is shortlisted for many others. It was the most voted for YA title in the 2012 international Edinburgh Book Festival Anobii First Book Award. In the US it is a Junior Library Guild selection.


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If you are a fan of YA fiction and enjoy dystopian fiction then this is the book for you.
While I feel like the whole book could have used one more draft to really flesh things out, I also did kind of like the hazy, not-quite-sureness of it, too.
the golden witch
This was exceptionally well written and the characters were fascinating and well developed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Evans on August 7, 2012
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Slated has one of the coolest stories to it. Ever. It takes place in futuristic England where young teenage criminals are given a second chance. Rather than being put to death or imprisoned for life, they can be "rehabilitated" by being Slated. Their memories and personalities are erased and they are given a clean slate. They start over from scratch, relearn the basics, and most importantly, they are equipped with a "Levo" device. This device monitors their emotions and their happiness levels. If they get too sad or too angry, their Levo device knocks them out and can even kill them. This is to prevent the criminals from reverting back to their old, violent ways.

So this story is basically about Kyla being Slated and given a new adopted home. She goes to school and tries to fit in. But along the way she starts remembering things, presumably from her old life, even though that shouldn't be possible. She begins to question everything around her and doesn't know who to trust.

I just thought the ideas in this book were great. I loved the idea of teenage criminals who were supposedly so bad that they had to be wiped clean. I loved the conspiracy surrounding this, and the awesome technology it involved.

I also thought Kyla was a great character. Despite having her memory erased, Kyla is constantly thinking for herself. She learns very quickly, is incredibly perceptive, and doesn't blindly accept everything as fact. This made her a very likable character because I felt like I could quite easily be her. As a reader, I'm sitting there desperately trying to find answers. I wanted to know what was going on. What's the truth behind the Slateds? Where are these people disappearing to? Why was she Slated in the first place?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Naddeo on June 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Slated was unexpectedly amazing! Admittedly I was expecting something completely different. After reading the synopsis I thought the story would be more centered around Kyla recovering her memories and fighting the system but actually I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't like most dystopian novels nowadays.

The plot: It developed quite nicely. For my taste even a bit too slow for action to start but when the suspense really kicked in, this novel was simply unputdownable! The mystery behind the slating just kept me hooked and I'm still asking myself where the missing people were taken. Furthermore Terry really did a wonderful job in those flashbacks about Kyla's previous life.

The characters: Kyla was nice main character but I wasn't specially fond of her, even though she was a fascinating character. Yet her relationship with Ben was nicely written. It wasn't the usual insta-love. They got to know each other, became friends and over time, it became something more. Ben was also an interesting character, actually he is quite naïve but in the end he gets the more and more fascinating.

Slated is an original dystopia, which despite not being action-packed, is utterly enthralling. The whole Slating is just an intriguing concept that I can't wait to read more about in the next installment! I recommend this one to all dystopian fans and, overall, young adult readers. I'm certain you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the golden witch on February 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Whoa. If you've ever felt like current society is becoming a little too dystopic for you, "Slated" is your book. While it wasn't perfect, this series has a lot going for it - to the point where I'm definitely in for book two onward. In a future that seems all too probable, "Slated" will suck you in and not let go until the very last page, and Terry's words will definitely haunt you afterward.

My biggest problems with this book: the lack of history when it comes to worldbuilding, and telling over showing. Let's take a look at the first - history, or backstory is really, really important, especially in a dystopia genre book. While I feel like we got some information, it felt way too neatly-wrapped and succinct for me to feel like it was really realistic. I'm hoping this will change with book two, and we'll get a bit more meat on the bones that Terry provided for us here in book one.

As for the telling over showing, there are quite a few bits in this book where I feel like Terry shortchanged us all a bit when it comes to sensory imagery and language. When she wants to, she can pack quite a punch - pretty much all of the memory scenes, and some of the AGT scenes were extremely vivid, almost to the point of being visceral in description. But a lot of other places, I feel like things were just kind of barely sketched out. I have no idea if this was done on purpose - after all, Kyla has been Slated, so everything's a bit sketchy and fuzzy to her after getting her brain messed with, so I can't really be sure. It does create this bit of a hazy effect for the reader - that almost-but-not-quite feeling of grasping something for the first time. It'll be interesting to see if this trend in her writing continues for book two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lilian @ A Novel Toybox on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Finally! A book that is actually a dystopian novel in the classic sense of the word (in which society tries to be an utopia, but with a major flaw,) and not another one of those "let's just call it dystopian and claim its the next Hunger Games while we're at it" novels. In Slated, children under sixteen that are deemed detrimental to society (e.g. criminals, terrorists, rebels) will be given a second chance by having their memories wiped and living with a new adoptive family. Slaters are then required to wear a Levo, a bracelet that monitors happiness and negativity. When the user drops too low, the bracelet shocks the user before they can harm society. At first it seems that all is good, until more and more citizens disappear for trivial misconduct and citizens fear government is abusing their power.

Slated reminded me of why I love the dystopian genre: its speculative nature is thought-provoking and a great starting point for ethical discussions. However, as much as this futuristic dystopia excited me, the novel as a whole did not. It's not that Slated by Teri Terry had many faults, but just that it didn't stand out and felt slightly heavy-handed at times. The slow pace also failed to hold my attention. However, I still think it succeeded in raising important questions like self-identity (without memories, who are you?) and the nature vs. nuture debate.

Heavy-Handed Writing (Stop it! I am not stupid here!):
I am a fan of the dystopian genre for its introspective qualities, its tendency to make us reconsider moral dilemmas. It's because I feel what makes a dystopian novel special hinges on its ability to think that makes me extra critical of how ideas are presented in Slated.
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