The Murder Complex by Lindsay CummingsThe Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

The Murder Complex

byLindsay Cummings

Paperback | May 26, 2015

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An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller—set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate—by Lindsay Cummings, co-author (with Sasha Alsberg) of the New York Times #1 Bestseller Zenith. "Legend meets La Femme Nikita in this dark and dangerous bloody thriller. The nonstop action of The Murder Complex kept us guessing at every twist and turn. It's a must for fans of action-packed dystopians like The Hunger Games and Divergent."—Justine Magazine

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.

Lindsay Cummings is a book blogger and the author of the teen series the Murder Complex. She lives in Texas with two German shepherds, one wolf cub who isn't very smart, a horse named Dan the Man, and a husband named Josh. She eats too many hot Cheetos and can't stop dyeing her hair crazy colors.
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Title:The Murder ComplexFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:May 26, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062220012

ISBN - 13:9780062220011

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Story #plumreview While bringing back the classic feel of a dystopian novel, The Murder Complex was able to introduce a new concept and feeling of familiarity within characters, and showed real passion for what the characters believed in. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original !!! This is a very original story and plot. Started reading it due to "Halloween spirit" and the time of year. It is a very quick easy read.. definitely excited to start the second book. I absolutely adore Zephyr. And Meadow definitely kicks butt.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great YA read! It's a good way to relax and just be filled in the action-packed filled of this book! :) Meadow and Zephyr are quite the team but I like how it didn't surround fully romantic scenes like most YA novels.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This is a nonstop action and thriller book that will keep you guessing until the very end. Set in a world full of horror and murder you get to follow Meadow and Zephyr as they uncover secrets about themselves.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! A unique dystopian world was created in this book along with a strong female lead that I thoroughly enjoyed. It also helps that this author is very sweet and interacts with her fans/readers all the time. Overall, this was a wonderful book that I would recommend to all of my friends.
Date published: 2015-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read While the book was enjoyable to read and had some interests concepts I also found that there was never really a connection to the characters.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An OK read The Murder Complex was one of my most anticipated dystopians this year. Any plot with the word "assassin" has me hooked. Also, knowing that the main protagonist was basically a trained killer just made it all the more sweet. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy The Murder Complex as much as I hoped but I do have to point out that it was a very fast read and there are some things that I enjoyed. I liked the dual POV, and how the chapters aren't long. Trust me when I say that long chapters kill me. If I find out a book is told with short chapters, I would most likely pick it up over a book with long ones. I liked Meadow well enough but I truly didn't understand her family and the dynamics going on there. She has a sister, yes, a brother, yes, and a dad, yes. That is all.. I wished I saw more honest brotherly and sisterly love.. I can't put my finger on it but I just felt it was rushed over.. I wish we had more time exploring their family relationship. As for Zephyr, I have to say that I liked his chapters a bit more than Meadow's. I felt I got a bit more emotional depth from him than her. However what I didn't like and what truly put me off this book was the insta love. I know some people like it.. but I don't. If I knew this book had it, I honestly wouldn't have picked it up because I know I wouldn't end up enjoying it. Insta-love is my worst type of plot and romance line I could find in a book. The dystopian world was interesting. I just didn't understand some things and they didn't add up. I know this is only the first book in the series and my questions will probably get answered later.. I just wish I was given a bit more. Oh and the killing scenes? they were exactly the same. Slash a throat. blood. break a neck. dead. stab in the heart. blood and dead. It was just the same action/killing scenes over and over again, I honestly grew bored of them. I got into it because of assassins and trained killers.. expecting epic action and killing scenes.. but I didn't get that. Still, I obviously gave The Murder Complex 3 stars because while I had so many issues with it.. I still enjoyed it. Cummings' writing flows smoothly and I find myself reading 50 pages before taking a breather. I would recommend it for fans of light dystopian books as well as readers who read middle grade because this book felt like it wasn't for my age. I will definitely be checking out any future books by Lindsay Cummings that aren't middle grade or from this series since both just aren't for me.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Count to three. Relax your mind. Now survive. I really wanted to like The Murder Complex, but in the end I think I over hyped myself for this book. The comparisons I saw everywhere didn't help either. " It's the next Hunger Games/ Divergent!" The book really DID remind me of Divergent, a little to much if you ask me. The being trained to fight, a group that thinks they are worth more then other people, the trains and finally the murder complex. In the end I just didn't enjoy myself reading it as much as I hoped I would. The beginning of the book jumped right into everything. You do not have to wait a single second for the suspense and action to happen. The characters all have their own purpose in their own worlds, but none of them are content there. Each one of them wants something more from their lives, you could continuously feel that vibe through out the book. Especially Meadow, one of the main characters in the book. In every family there is that one person who would do anything for their family and only wants what's best for them. That person is Meadow, because of her families situation she would do anything for Peri. Her sister. I found this admirable and gratifying. Most of the time we say that we'd do anything for family, but when it comes down it it we become cowards. The need to live becomes too strong and over powers the need to protect. This stood out the most for me in the book. The Murder Complex is the first novel Lindsay Cummings has written and published, you can find her prequel for The Murder Complex, The Fear Trial out for ebooks on May 27th, 2014 and her second series The Balance Keepers in stores September 23rd, 2014.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast pace, good read Meadow Woodson knows how to survive thanks to her father. She will do whatever it takes to keep herself and her family alive and safe. Zephyr James is a ward, an orphan, assigned to clean up the dead. He keeps waking up with bodies around him and blood on his hands, but with scattered memories of what happened. They live in The Shallows, a place where people must pass a test in order to get a job, to get food, where pirates demand payments for passage, where no one's allowed outside the perimeter, but no one ever gets sick either. The Murder Complex deals with the growing population by doing just as their name suggests. This book was really action-packed and the dual POV's worked really well together to keep the tension high. The back-and-forth flowed into each other instead of breaking it up and losing everything the previous chapter worked to build up. Meadow is a very interesting character. Her father has been training her for years, she's smart, she can fight, she's definitely a survivor. Her only weakness is wanting to keep the people she loves safe. There was never the feeling that, if she ended up at the head of the rebellion, if would be an accident and she'd be in over her head. Zephyr was also interesting. He had the weight of so many secrets on him and he struggled with them but there was a spark in him. The more he learned about who he was and why his memories were sometimes hazy, the more I felt for him. I love how the connection between them started off as mutual fascination into something deeper. The plot, as mentioned, as very action-packed, especially toward the end. Sometimes it did seem to move a little fast, there was so much going on and so much being revealed in the last 1/3 that it felt like it would be easy to miss something important. The quick pace made it a fast read until the end when there was so much going on. The concept is both interesting and horrifying, definitely one of the more disturbing ones I've read. The cover is perfect for the book. It's dark and matches up with the tagline. It's definitely one that would have me picking up the book in store. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-01-30