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Publisher Description

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.

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Young Adult
June 3
Greenwillow Books
Ninth Grade

Customer Reviews

Cassidynmc ,


I devoured this book. It was everything I expected and more. I love Meadow and her family. I think the concept is very unique, and I can’t wait to discover more about their world in The Murder Complex.
What makes the protagonist so interesting is that she doesn’t mind killing people. Instantly she is different from other heroines, and I’m so grateful for that.
Basically, if you love reading, you will love this book.

AdreaL25 ,

An Awesome, Bloody, Addictive Reading!

When I first heard about THE MURDER COMPLEX, I was already interested in reading it. So when I heard about the prequel novella, I always already pumped of reading it. So when I got it just now, I was so pumped of reading it. And right away, I was hooked into the story by the first sentence. Meadow Woodson lives in a world where its kill or be killed with barcodes on their foreheads. And I mean that LITERALLY!!! Meadow lives in a boathouse with her parents and her older brother and younger sister, and it is interesting to see how this family functioned in this bloody world. As the story progresses, it shows how tough and dangerous the world Meadow lives is. After reading it, I am so PUMPED on reading THE MURDER COMPLEX!!!! I am so sure that it would be a smash hit!!!!

Krosch21 ,

Amazing Novella

This novella was fast-paced and full of unexpected twists. Meadow faces tough challenges to keep her family safe. It will leave you wanting more and anxiously waiting for The Murder Complex.

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