Novel: The Murder Complex


Bibliographical Information:

Title- The Murder Complex

Author- Lindsay Cummings

ISBN- 0062220004

Publisher- Green Willow Books

Copyright- 2014

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Dystopian

Interest Age: 13 and up

Reader’s Annotation: In a society controlled by The Murder Complex, Meadow must fight against the system and save her family.

Plot Summary:

Meadow has been trained to fight and survive by her father who rarely shows emotions. She lives on a houseboat with her father, brother, and younger sister. Her mother has been murdered. In this society, all diseases have been cured so the only way people can die is from murder. And boy, there is a lot of it! There is a need for murder as the population got out of control because of the cure. That’s where The Murder Complex comes in. These are trained assassins sent to kill people that are picked from a lottery as a form of population control. Meadow begins a new job and meets Zephyr James, who is not what he seems. He in fact is one of those trained assassins, although he does not know this fact either. Zephyr falls in love with Meadow and Zephyr is given the order to kill Meadow. Meadow and Zephyr race to find out how and why The Murder Complex is happening, and find out that Meadow’s mom created both the cure and The Murder Complex. Reader’s are left with a cliffhanger!

Critical Evaluation:

I enjoyed this book! It really keeps readers on the edge of their seats, and has a ton of twists and turns. Lindsay kept the story line consistent throughout the novel. Meadow was a typical YA protagonist, in the fact that she was fit enough to kill without hassle, and she seemed to have a full proof plan. What I really enjoyed about this book is the plot twists. I think it really brings out the best in the characters and allows the readers to be invested in the ending. The story did feel rushed at times, but it came together at the end. It does end with a cliffhanger so I look forward to reading the 2nd book in the series!

Author Bio/ Information:

“Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling co-author of ZENITH. She writes Science Fiction and Fantasy novels for HarperCollins. She lives in the woods in North Texas, where she writes full time. She is represented by Peter Knapp at New Leaf Literary.

As someone who came to writing through years dealing with Chronic Fatigue, Lindsay is a big advocate for those who deal with health issues, both physical and mental. If you are struggling with either of these things, Lindsay encourages you to keep your chin up, and remember how important you are to this world—even when it may not seem so. If you or someone you know or love is struggling, please reach out” (Who is Lindsay?, n.d.).

Ties to Curriculum Units: N/A

Booktalking Issues:

Could this happen in our society?

Do you think the benefits of a cure outweigh the negative side effects in The Murder Complex?

Challenging Issues:

This book features a lot of violence and blood. It is critical to the story line because it explains the idea behind the dystopian society the author creates. It is heavily discouraged by the main characters, and teens will be able to see the literary necessity of the murders that happen within the book. I picked this book for the collection because it fits within the popular dystopian genre and is action packed!


Who is Lindsay? (n.d.). Retrieved from



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