Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Fear Trials: Review


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.


The Fear Trials is set before TMC, which is the first book I've read this year, and is one of my favorites. This book centers on Meadow, which is the only hope of the family that can get one more ration. It's not as bloody as TMC, but it's still brutal. Meadow has to go through a series of trials that can result in her partial freedom. We get a good insight of how Meadow comes to be such a brave and cautious girl in The Murder Complex. We also get some glimpses about a certain character that is behind the whole plot line in TMC. 

I don't think it's necessary to read The Fear Trials, but it's an exciting and heart-racing story nonetheless. However, what I actually want to read about is the prequel of The Fear Trials, which can be about a complete story of the foundation of the MC. I will certainly read that book.

Rating: 7/10

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