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Slated By Teri Terry Book Review

'Slated' is set in a futuristic London where deemed “terrorists” under the age of sixteen have their memories wiped. After months of rehabilitation they are sent to live with a foster family and begin their new life with a clean slate.  Kyla Davis is one of many teenagers slated for committing acts of “terrorism” She is sent to live with the Davis’s and befriends foster sister Amy. Kyla’s mind is overflowing with questions about her obliterated past and is desperate to find out her true identity.

Following Kyla’s slating she is kept in hospital to endure months of rehabilitation before she is sent to live with the Davis’s- foster parents Mum and Dad and Amy, an adopted teenager around the same age as Kyla who has similarly been slated. Kyla is constantly monitored by an emotion tracker called a Levo securely attached to her wrist. The Levo displays emotion levels ranging from 0-10. 4.5-6 is a normal level, 10 is absolute joy, 3 is just touching the danger zone and below 2 is a danger zone which can cause painful seizures and even death. The Levo device cannot be removed but if attempted an agonizing shock is imposed to the wearer. Levos are removed when the wearer reaches the age of 21 and is believed that they are mature enough to make the right decisions. Kyla settles in well with the Davis’s but persistently has disturbing nightmares which causes her emotion levels to drop to dangerously low extremes. Regardless of this she is enrolled to a local high school where she joins the running team and meets another slated person- Ben. They both share a strong enthusiasm for running and become close friends. To keep their emotion levels up Kyla and Ben go out running together every day. The bonds between the two grow stronger which sparks into an eventual romance. This is noticed by teaching assistant Mrs Ali who forbids Kyla from seeing Ben and warns her that if she does continue to see Ben her emotion levels will be in utter...
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