Weekend Reads #5 – Clean Slate Complex by Megan Thomason

Posted June 14, 2014 by Lillian in Reviews / 2 Comments

Yesterday I told you that I got swept away into the dystopian world of daynight and I wasn’t lying! I really did spend the better part of last weekend and on this series. If you’re not sure that you will like the very unique dystopian world the author’s created, there is a short story that goes between books one and two. This story can be read as a standalone and either before or after daynight without it affecting the overall series. However if you’ve read book one and are looking to dive into book two right away, I highly suggest that you read the novella first. Several events that occur in this short story affect the plot of book two and are not repeated in anyway during the book so you would be at a slight disadvantage. Either way at around 70 pages this short is perfect for satisfying your dystopian craves!

Weekend Reads #5 – Clean Slate Complex by Megan Thomasonclean slate complex by Megan Thomason
Series: daynight #1.5
Published by Self Publish on April 19, 2013
Length: 71 pages
Reviewing eBook from Amazon

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Worldwide non-profit and do-gooder organization. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Life(TM). Reality: hidden behind every kind act is a dark agenda designed to gain control and force societal and moral extremes. Currently, the SCI’s pushing Project Liberate, a program to woo the poor and downtrodden into their Clean Slate Complexes—where “everything is provided” from jobs to food, shelter, clothing, and education. Unfortunately, as with all things that sound too good to be true, there’s a catch…

Meet Alexa Knight. Feisty, tough and currently homeless in Los Angeles, Alexa agrees to help the SCI in return for medical care for her sick mother. When she starts to suspect there’s more to the SCI than meets the eye will she believe Adam—the boy who saved her life and the SCI’s biggest champion, or Joshua—the attractive enigma who sings about conspiracy theories and pretends to be someone he’s not?

Full of action, humor, romance, twists and turns, clean slate complex is a companion story to the highly-praised dystopian novel, 'daynight'. It can be enjoyed before or after reading 'daynight'.

Clean Slate Complex by Megan Thomason is a short-story that bridges the time between books one and two of daynight and tells the story of Alexa Knight. Alexa is a homeless teen in living in her run-down van with her mom and three older brothers. When her mom gets sick, Alexa’s only hope for her to get better is the Second Chance Institute’s Clean Slate Complex. The CSC provides food, jobs, clothing, and education to get the homeless back on their feet. Too good to be true? Absolutely!

I loved this story so much!! It gives insight into how the SCI is functioning on Earth and what they may be up to. Alexa is a fun character. She’s feisty and outgoing and doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind when needed. She builds a relationship with Adam, another CSC recruit who she met her first day there. Adam is described as perfect and he seems to have a blind eye when it comes to the CSC and SCI because of all they have supposedly done for him. Alexa doesn’t buy into it. She second guesses what the SCI’s real motives are to providing “everything.” Joshua-Josh-JB (I just love the way introduces himself!) meets Alexa for the first time disguised as a homeless person, turns out he’s actually the son of the people who run the CSC on Earth. Through catchy and often annoying tunes he tries to warn Alexa what the CSC is really there for.

The action of this story is nonstop and kept me turning the pages. At the end I wanted more!! So lucky for me book two was already out because I don’t think I could have waited! The plot twists in this novella clear up some questions that I had in book one and really set the stage for the plot of book two. If you enjoy dystopians with a lot of action and suspense or you like a book that keeps you guessing, I highly suggest you check this one out! You will not be disappointed!

About Megan Thomason

Bestselling, award-winning author Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn't typing away on her laptop, she's reading books on her phone--over 600 in the last year--or attending to the needs of her family. Megan's fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac.

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