"Cummings debuts with a bloody dystopian thriller, in which what’s left of humanity hides behind the great Perimeter and scrabbles over increasingly scarce resources. No one dies from natural causes, thanks to nanites in humans’ bloodstreams, and as a result violence and murder are commonplace. Sixteen-year-old Meadow Woodson fights to the death to earn a job that will let her feed her family. Everything changes when she meets Zephyr James, a mysterious young man secretly programmed to be a killer. Together, they confront the darkest secrets of their society, while battling each other and a host of other enemies. Cummings takes her dystopian setting to almost ludicrous extremes before springing a flurry of surprises on readers. The frequent perspective switches between Meadow and Zephyr are almost whiplash-inducing, and the characters prove hard to sympathize with: Meadow kills with worrisome casualness, Zephyr is almost too tormented by his role, and their predictable romance has little grounding. The setting remains nebulous, and the cliffhanger ending leaves much to be resolved. Ages 14–up. Agent: Louise Fury, L. Perkins Agency. (June)
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) -In a world where natural death has been eradicated, only rampant murder can prevent overpopulation. Tough sixteen-year-old Meadow has been trained by her father to survive by any means necessary. Seventeen-year-old Zephyr is an orphan whose job is to clean up the heaps of corpses that pile up on a daily basis. Soon after Meadow and Zephyr meet, they find themselves in the midst of a battle to take down the Murder Complex, the system responsible for a murder-by-lottery method of population control. As Meadow and Zephyr unravel the mysteries of their own connection to the Murder Complex, a much darker world than they ever suspected is revealed. Incredibly short chapters that alternate between Meadow and Zephyr speed up the narrative, but the two perspectives are not drawn out enough to fully develop them into compelling, relatable characters. Their romance is equally peripheral; Meadow and Zephyr are mysterious to one another, but we learn little else about their mutual attraction that would explain why they rather suddenly fall in love. Hints at their connection to the Murder Complex will compel readers forward to a conclusion full of surprises but few satisfying explanations. Readers craving simple blood-drenched violence and fast-paced action may enjoy this read, but the one-dimensional characters and underdeveloped premise will leave many frustrated or bored. Because this title recycles a lot from popular dystopian fiction and gives little back, it should be considered for purchase only where readers have an insatiable appetite for anything dystopian. Reviewer: Lindy Gerdes; Ages 12 to 18. " (Barnes and Noble)
Like I said, she's cute, young, and incredibly talented! She is also on my to read list this summer! SUPPORT LINDSAY!
Also by Lindsay: The Fear Trials