Author: Lindsay Cummings
Series: Prequel to the Murder Complex
Published By: Harper Teen Impulse (May 27, 2014)
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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.
All that back story I felt like I was missing in The Murder Complex is neatly delivered to us here in The Fear Trials. We learn about Meadows past with her family, we get to see her mother, and most importantly, we get to see how Meadow became the girl we first get to meet in The Murder Complex. That rough and tough kick butt girl with the heart of stone.
I do wish I would have read this one first because it just gives us so much..more. While it doesn't necessary explain Meadow's world, it certainly helps us understand it and understand her. I already loved the first book but now I can't help loving it more now that I have this little tid bit to think and ponder over.
Such a great addition to the series and really a must read.