Review: The Murder Complex

Jan •  12 •  2015

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Murder ComplexThe Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Published by Greenwillow Books on June 10th 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

Super excited to read this debut, I read it in just a few hours. I really loved the movement of the plot and the setting.

Plot: Since I have not read an dystopian book in a while, I thought it was time to dive into one. I have heard many good things about this book and yes, it was very good. The plot is in the future where a disease has ravaged the human race. A cure was found but not without consequences. Now all humans are traced through a system. That system is more complex than what the reader ever thought. One thing I enjoyed with the plot is the following the bread crumbs to more information. I love that the author didn’t divulge information right away, but slowly gave the reader bits and pieces of it.

The initiative: I really like this aspect of the story. The story of the disease, the cure and what other stuff the scientist has done is crazy good. If your the type of reader who like science as well as experiments, you will definitely get into the story.

Irony: I think this book has quite of bit of irony in it. The heroine is more than what we thought as well as the guy. I love the aspect of what they were created for and the secrets at the end. It kept me well on the edge of my seat!

Overall, this is a great story. The Murder Complex is vivid yet entertaining. As the story unfolds, The Murder Complex captures the reader with a riveting plot and high action.

Happy Reading!



  1. Giselle
    Jan 13, 2015

    Ive been on the fence about this one for a while. I do love the sounds of the science and experience stuff though that always fascinates me – or creeps me out. Or both lol. Great review, Savvy!

  2. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Jan 13, 2015

    I has some huge issues with this book., but I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Candace
    Jan 14, 2015

    I have this one and have been looking forward to reading it. I have heard mixed things so it’s good to hear that you enjoyed it!

  4. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Jan 16, 2015

    I enjoyed this one and glad you did too!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  5. Christine
    Jan 22, 2015

    (‘m glad you liked this! I was really excited about it a couple of years ago when Lindsay followed me on twitter. This was back before she had even finished it, I think. It sounded interesting and high stakes. But for whatever reason, once the release date came around, I wasn’t too thrilled about it anymore. I didn’t buy it and I still haven’t read it, even though I got an ARC. I’ve read some mixed reviews but your reviews are usually spot on with how I feel about a book so I think I’m going to give this a shot.