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The Fear Trials (Murder Complex Novella) by [Cummings, Lindsay]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Epic Reads Impulse (June 3, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ37CX6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Alicia on June 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
THE FEAR TRIALS was a gory, fascinating, thrilling, yet horrifyingly delicious adventure!!

I LOVED the world building for this scary world! It was so addicting and easy to get caught up in all the pain, misery, and action in this world.

THE FEAR TRIALS is a great prequel to THE MURDER COMPLEX because it sets the stage, and shows us what to except from the first book. It gives us a glimpse into what these people have to go through just to survive in their world, and it's pretty horrifying.


Meadow lives in a blood-filled world where seclusion, destruction, and murder rule. There is no hiding from it, no running from it, no escaping it. Because no matter where you go, it's there. It doesn't follow you, it doesn't search for you, it's doesn't find you, because it revolves around you. Because it's a part of you!

Living in a walled-in city, with nothing but blood and murder around her, Meadow has learned that there is no hope of escaping, doomed to die within it's boundaries. Meadow fights each day for survival, while confined with her family on their house boat. With limited amounts of food, and a whole family to feed, and not enough work. But there is one spark of hope that remains, her father!

Her father is preparing her for the outside world. Well as far as outside can go in they're walled-in city. They live in a world where murder rate is high then birthrate. And stepping outside after dark could very well mean certain death. But Meadow's father refuses to let that happen to his family. He works with his kids every free chance he has. He is determined to make them stronger, harder, bolder, and able to kill when the time comes. Because their isn't an "If" it comes, it's "When" it comes!
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The Murder Complex is one of my most anticipated reads of the year so I was beyond thrilled when it was announced that a prequel novella would be released just days before Lindsay Cummings's debut. The Fear Trials is spectacular.

In The Fear Trials, we follow Meadow during the most intensive part of her training for the real world. A world in which they live in where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate and every single day and night, it's kill or be killed. Talk about an intriguing concept! The Fear Trials is the ultimate test put on by her father who will go and does go so far as to make sure his daughters and son hate him if it means they'll live. Meadow's ability to move through fear is tested. Her brother, Koi's ability to move past failure is tested. Their father puts on a brave face, a stern face to remind his children that tomorrow, even the rest of today is not promised. Their mother is detached in her own way as well. Everyone struggles with their reality differently, offering strengths and weaknesses to the family. Watching those strengths and weaknesses come to the surface, watching these strengths and weaknesses be tested, it's such a thrill!

I love that Meadow desires so much to keep her humanity. She longs so badly for love, for peace, for friendship, for so many things. Not only does she fear what she'll turn into as a murderer, but she learns the hard way why it's so important in this life to sacrifice so many of the things that she longs for. First, she rises to the occasion to save herself and when that isn't enough for her, she must fight to save the life of the person she loves most.
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Disclaimer - trying to write a review by the pool while entertaining a six year old isn't advisable but hopefully, the resulting outcome is both informative and meaningful!

Lindsay Cumming's prequel to The Murder Complex is reminiscent of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Veronica Roth's Divergent but stands on its own merit. Gritty, intense and fast paced, the young protagonist Meadow lives in dystopian hell. She undertakes what her father calls The Fear Trials, a right of passage with only one objective -- survival.

As her family's only hope to secure a job, feed and protect them from the brutal human elements of the Shallows, Meadow is reluctant to undergo the intense and often over the top training her father forces on her. That is until she stares death in the face and realizes that she has two choices, kill or be killed.

It is then Meadow learns the true objective of the trials and appreciates the only life lesson that will keep her alive. She also undergoes transformation, realizing she is after all, the fearless warrior she fought turning into but was destined to become. Meadow is surprised at the sense of empowerment and even pleasure she experiences defeating her enemies.

Lindsay's writing is swift and full of intense imagery that leaves an impression. She juxtaposes action with emotion, empathy with brutal fearlessness, and takes the reader on an adrenaline-fueled journey that leaves the reader emotionally drained but still wanting more.

I am looking forward to The Murder Complex - bring it on!

Grab the prequel - it's a must read!
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