Kyla’s memory and personality have been erased. In her society, as punishment for a crime, young people go through a process called slating in hopes that they will be able to fit into society again. This is a second chance for Kyla, but it is made clear to her that it is also her last chance. Kyla has no memory of her past or the crime she committed. Thrown into a new life she has a lot to fear. Surrounded by a new family and many new friends, who can she trust? Slating is supposed to be for the criminals, so why have the innocent begun to disappear too?
This book has an original concept that is executed successfully. One of many young adult novels about a new world order, the plot is clever and the overall story written well. Kyla is a sympathetic character whose mystery is intriguing. While most readers are becoming rightfully weary of young adults novels being stretched into a series, this entry into the multi-tomed club leaves the reader hopeful that its premise will be enough to carry it through.