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The Complex (Linx #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  196 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
The Complex - a young adult novel

Helena Linx is dying. Isolated and quarantined for over a decade, sixteen-year-old Helena lives in a virtual utopia run by a council of doctors bent on saving the world from a fatal and almost incurable disease. The pandemic has been contained, but she and hundreds of others are still waiting to be cured. Helena dreams of returning to the
ebook, 368 pages
Published February 29th 2012
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L.H. Cosway
Apr 28, 2012 L.H. Cosway rated it it was amazing

I have to say I always love reading novels in this genre, because you never know what you're going to get. With stories that are set in the future the author has the freedom to create their own unique and intriguing world, and C.E Zaragoza pulled this off and then some. After a brief prologue, the novel kicks off in Eyam, a strange closed off community in a large complex building. We meet Helena who is young but intelligent, and we discover that she and every other person in Eyam is suffering fr
Neil Dolan
May 23, 2012 Neil Dolan rated it it was amazing
This is my 1st review and its fitting that it should be a brilliant book by a self publishing author. I loved this book and was so happy i stumbled across it. It was the cheapest book i have ever bought off amazon and is definatly one of the best. Just before this i had read the 2 Divergent books and they were brilliant and it would have been tough books to follow. But this book is definitly in the same league as the Divergent books. Im eagerly amaiting the sequel. ps. im from Ireland and thats ...more
Gemma Bennett
Apr 29, 2012 Gemma Bennett rated it really liked it
The Complex is one of the better dystopians I’ve read this year. The premise was unique and Ms. Zarazoga totally delivered on the expectations of the blurb and the sample. The twist to the story was foreshadowed enough that it made sense, but not so much that it was totally obvious.

What else I loved:
- The action picks up from the beginning, and sets the tone for a novel that is extremely well paced. The Complex opens with a prologue that was interesting, but didn’t completely catch my interest
Raphael Temple
Jun 25, 2012 Raphael Temple rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in this sub-genre of YA Fiction - Dystopian novels. In the vein of Hunger Games trilogy (Suzanne Collins) and Insurgent trilogy (Veronica Roth), The Complex features a lot of the same elements; a divided society, small pockets of controlled people, and of course -- rebellion.

The difference between The Complex and other major names is it's Pace.

-I really liked The Complex because it was very fast paced. The action kept me reading and it w
May 14, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
This book was a great find. It's a story about a teenage girl in a futuristic landscape. Things start out interestingly and quickly escalate. There's action, romance, and because nothing is as it appears to be, plenty of mystery and suspense.

At times I find myself a bit suspect of young adult fiction, but novels like this one give me reason to explore the genre further. The book is well-written and avoids cliches. The story is original, the twists are compelling, and, at times, I couldn't put t
Dærcie Lyons
May 12, 2012 Dærcie Lyons rated it it was amazing
I chanced upon this book through an Amazon search, saw that it had gotten pretty awesome ratings, and decided to read it.


This is probably one of the better dystopians I've read over the last year. The characters were great, the world-building was fantastic, the concept was awesome, and I am running out of positive adjectives to describe this book.

I loved that the usual love triangle that is so popular in YA dystopias was done in a much better way than most others (save for Par
Mar 06, 2013 Ellie rated it it was amazing
I probably never would have found this book, but a friend of my recommended it to me and told me to take a chance. This book is pure entertainment. It's sarcastic, the dialogue is witty, and its action packed. It's a nice new angle to the dystopian genre that's so popular right now, and fits right in with a lot of the great books that I've read since my post-Hunger Games kick. I really liked Helena and it was great to read about a heroine who isn't a weak, love crazy teenybopper or a coldhearted ...more
Jess Mountifield
I totally loved this book. I can't even remember where or why I found it as the sample was just sitting on my kindle to check out at some point but I got to the end of the sample and was so hooked I bought the rest then and there without even checking the price.

I kinda expected a few of the plot twists but didn't mind at all as I was taken through the story and it even made it hard for me to sit down and write myself as I kept wanting to just pick up my kindle and carry on reading. In the end I
Jul 12, 2012 MKat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Very easy, flowing and hooking read! I gave it 5 stars even before I was 1/2 done, and still believe it deserves it! Love the story line, characters, and twists. Super GEEKED that the next book is coming out in mere days! I just can't get enough of this genre, and this book definitely delivers! A must read!!
Jun 18, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I'm a young reader and this book is one of my favorites. It was very suspenseful, exciting, and compelling. There were many parts in the book where I felt like I couldn't put the book down. The book reminds me of The Giver and Hunger Games, both books I really enjoyed.

My favorite character is Delly because she's tough and fierce. Helena also becomes tougher by the end of the book, which makes the ending very exciting. I also think Adam is very sweet and a likeable character.

I'm really looking
Nov 29, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
My girlfriend read this and then asked me to read it too because she liked it. I ended up loving it. Then we shared it with a friend of ours and she wasn't into it. Hmmm Well it's definitely up my alley. I think it's smart and it's sarcastic and it's almost a little bit satirical. My friend who didn't like it said that it wasn't poetic enough for her. It's slightly below a 5 but higher than a 4.5 for me. I've seriously never laughed out loud at a dystopian(ish) book before so for that I love ...more
Leah Perkins
Dec 09, 2012 Leah Perkins rated it really liked it
This was such a page turner! It is a very well paced, fast, easy, and enjoyable read! It features a great cast of characters, each with their own quirks. I really enjoyed meeting each of them, and trying to figure out if they had any underlying agendas. I enjoyed the witty remarks and humor throughout the book too. I was often laughing with the snarky remarks.
The ending was so satisfying. Unlike other trilogies, there is no cliffhanger. It wraps things up nicely, with a few questions opened to
Scott Snyder
Jul 08, 2012 Scott Snyder rated it really liked it
A nice addition to the YAF genre, The Complex is fast-paced and suspenseful. It offers a compelling look at a disturbing possible future, dealing with themes that are very relevant today. The sci-fi tech adds a nice flavor, and the plot develops and twists without revealing too much at once, demanding that you continue to turn the page. I look forward to see where the story goes in the sequel.
Jan 19, 2013 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 11, 2012 Iggy rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read! Lots of action and suspense. Can't wait for the sequel.
Dec 19, 2012 Ravencrantz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Utopian fans
The first book I won in a Goodreads give away and I am so happy that I did. I'm always a fan of Utopian/dystopian society books, and this one had a new twist to it. In 2051, a raging disease sweeps through the world, killing nearly everyone. People are quarantined in complexes until they can be cured, and as each person is cured, they are reoriented into society to live their life as a normal person. (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Amber rated it liked it
The concept is good and the plot was very good. At least until it started falling apart.

The characters should have been interesting and engaging but instead as time went on I found myself caring less and less about what they said and did. Many of the characters wavered between well developed and out of character and ridiculous. They feel one way one minute then "oops sorry I lied" and things change pace. It just wasn't consistent for me.

Also their plan to break back into the complex and reveal t
The characters and story line are quite simple. Quarantining a portion of the population has been done before. However, I often found myself drifting off, imagining what it would be like to live in this take on the future. Placing myself in the complex, the relocation communities, the desert, really helped carry me through this book.

There were times when I got frustrated with the main character and found her to be a bit bratty, but I once again tried to think of how I would react to the situati
Sherry D
Feb 28, 2013 Sherry D rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I stumbled upon this series. I have read a ton of dystopian books, all the popular and some unpopular, and this is one of my favorite series. I don't write reviews for books ever, although I do rate them. My free time is limited and rather spent reading, but I decided to write a review on this book because I have recently been made aware ( by a different indie author ) how important Goodreads reviews can be to self published authors. I am not going to write a review of what the ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Marie rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
Why do some people think that fiction for young adults means its OK to write badly? The only thing that kept me going was that it actually was a good plot. The dialogue was childish, the characterizations were weak. It wasn't so much that there were holes in the logic it was just that it was hard to believe in the characters motivations and change of heart. There was no depth to the story line, it was all a little bit too easy for them to solve their problems and absolutely totally unbelievable ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok
Shelves: a-to-z-2012
About the only thing this book has going for it is the concept, which is intriguing, albeit poorly executed. The dialog is contrite, information is dumped left and right, and there is no sense of character at all. Every character talks the same and more or less acts the same. The prose are loaded with extraneous information while ignoring important elements like tension building and plot and character development. It reads like a first draft. I think if it went through a round with some good ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Karolyn rated it it was amazing
Totally unprepared for how much I liked this book. The genre is my favorite and the story is similar to other YA dystopias -- and thankfully more like Divergent & Hunger Games than Uglies.

Working my way through the 2nd one and the 3rd is expected early 2013 which might be leaning toward plots like Hegemon (I hope I hope!). Author promises to read the Amazon sample of any YA author who asks her too, which is cute.

I'm officially a fan.
Jan 08, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
A well written and fascinating Dystopian novel. I couldn't put it down, and couldn't wait for the sequels. A must read!
Dec 12, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
Very witty and well-written. I enjoyed the character development and the pacing. Team Isaac, hands down.
Jan 01, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2013
Intriguing premise, great characters, good pace - a promising first book in a dystopian series I'm looking forward to reading more of!
May 28, 2013 Simone rated it liked it
Adventure packed
Original concept
Vividly described
Great characters
So why only three stars? I was a bit confused towards the end. And although its YA, I wanted more romance
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