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Clean Slate Complex

(Daynight #1.5)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  49 reviews
(Note: this is a parallel story to daynight that can be read before or after daynight. Timing is after daynight occurs.)

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
Kindle Edition, 71 pages
Published April 19th 2013 by Kindle Direct Publishing
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May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

So this is a short little novella that further solidifies just how crazy the SCI is. CLEAN SLATE COMPLEX is its own story that can be read before or after you've dived into the world of the Thera in the book DAYNIGHT. Personally, if it were me, I would read this after you've read DAYNIGHT. Why? We'll get into that in a minute! But if you're on the fence about reading DAYNIGHT, this is the perfect story to get you intereste
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I recieved a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley*

I have to admit I came into this story lacking a lot of back knowledge. When I saw it on NetGalley I saw the #1 and thought it was the first book in the series but for whatever reason (I'll blame it on selective vision)failed to notice the .5 after it. Luckily when Thomason says this book can be read before or after the first book she means it, and once I discovered I was reading a filler book (and I mean that not as in it's f
Marked By Books
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay, since this was a pretty short read, I'm going to be much briefer than with my daynight review and not give it an actual rating. Just my thoughts.

I read "clean slate complex" when I was about a 10th of the way through with daynight, and I feel like I was still able to understand things pretty well. Yeah, some things would have been easier to grasp if I knew everything already, but it didn't kill me. In a perfect world, if you plan on reading both (and you should because they're fantastic),
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
arbitrate is a novella that follows the young, homeless Alexa into the clutches of the Clean Slate organization. The group is affiliated with the Second Chance Institute that is the centerpiece of the novel daynight. If you haven't read daynight you should! But to sum up, the SCI is a mostly evil organization (with good intentions? Maybe) that gives people who die a "second chance at life." It's a dystopian type setting. This short installment is a look at the way the organization operates from ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, young-adult
Review cross posted on my blog

I really enjoyed reading this novella! Upon meeting our main character Alexa, she is living in a cramped bus with her brothers and her sick mother. Upon trying to get help for her mother she is attacked, but then rescued by a boy named Adam. Adam is a part of the SCI (Second Chance Institute). He offers aid and assistance to Alexa and her family, if she helps their campaign. I don’t think Alexa likes being exploited as homeless and poor to the upperclass society, bu
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I actually read this book first and I wish I had waited. There are new characters introduced but some of the characters in "daynight" play a small role and I didn't understand at the time how they related to the overall story. When I finished "daynight," I went back and reread the parts where they appeared in "clean slate complex" so I could try to figure out what was currently going on with them.

As in "daynight," Alexa is forced to do things to protect her loved ones. She becomes the poster ch
Jill Swanson-Diaz
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, new-adult
I am so thrilled to have been Megan's editor on this novella!

Regardless of whether you have read Daynight, you can read and enjoy Clean Slate Complex. It works as a stand alone or as a supplement to Daynight, the official first in Megan's exciting series.
Readers will be given an up close and personal look into the SCI's inner workings.
It's a scary and compelling read with a kick ass main character. I was extremely impressed by the amount of story contained in this novella.
Readers will finish f
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is a parallel story to the daynight story. This book takes a whole new and different look at the SCI and more sinister plots are revealed.

Megan Thomason is wonderful at creating a compelling story that leaves you wondering what could possibly happen next. I read "daynight" and thought I had a handle on the SCI and their role in society, but that was on Thera.

This book concentrates on what the SCI are doing on Earth. Their web is vast and intricate. They come across as a benign entity but t
I stumbled across and read this novella before I had even seen the first book of the series Daynight.
Even though it came out after Daynight, I found Clean Slate Complex was enough of a stand alone short that hooks the reader in straightaway.
The character development was superb, and if Megan Thomason manages to do that so well in 50 pages, I can't wait to pick up a copy of Daynight, dig into it and see what she serves up.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
In my review of daynight, I wrote that Thera terrifies me. Clean Slate Complex made that fear even worse.

Kira signs up for the Second Chance Institute. Alexa is thrown into it and she quickly experiences the evil and manipulation of Thera.

I hope to see Alexa, Joshua, and Adam in Arbitrate!

I recommend that you read this after daynight.
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've already read daynight and loved it and Clean Slate Complex just added to the discovery of Thera. It definitely gave me a better understanding of just what exactly is going on behind the scenes on Earth for this second chance society. It was also another view of some of the characters from daynight and some new characters that I hope to see more of in book 2 of daynight when it comes out! ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 Stars

So the reason I had this book was because I had reviewed book 1, I didn’t actually like it that much. Fast forward to now 7 years later (oops), I can’t remember reading book 1 to save my life, and now I wish I hadn’t wasted time reading this one.

This story was all over the place. Nothing really made sense and it didn’t explain anything that was happening. Maybe if you read it right after book 1 (which I did not) i
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lusting for more...

This book grabbed me immediately and kept me turning the pages until the very end. It is as exhilarating as it is surprising in the end leave you hanging. I'm definitely getting her other books .
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Very fresh idea, super quick read with engaging characters.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(Book received for free for review.)

Before I start reading a book, I take my time looking at the cover, reading the copyright pages, the dedication, all the pre-story pages. In doing so, I noticed something odd about this book: There was no publisher listed. Even when a book is self-published, there's usually a line on the copyright page mentioning who did the printing. Nothing at all in this book.

Going back to the original offer, I found no publisher listed in it, either. Perhaps the author mad
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I purchased this novella from The cover shows a bus parked in front of an apartment building. The bus and the building are kind of gleaming white suggesting cleanliness and perhaps purity. They both belong to the Second Chance Institute (SCI) who run the Clean Slate Complex. I like the cover as , all becomes clear about the cover when you read the novella.
So Alexa is a homeless young girl who is caring for her sick mother whilst living in a van with her three larger older
Sarah Elizabeth
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Megan Thomason, Patchwork Press, and Netgalley.)
This is a novella, which comes before book 1 ‘Daynight’, in the Daynight series.
Alexa has been living in a van with her mother and three brothers for the past 3 years, after her father ran out on them, and they couldn’t afford to pay their rent anymore.
Now Alexa’s mother is seriously ill, their van has broken down, and they don’t even have a working phone
Veronica of V's Reads
This free story is meant as a companion to daynight, the first book in a YA dystopian series.

In daynight, we learned that there is a parallel planet named Thera with an indigenous Theran population and a large contingent of "Second Chancers". These are folks who have died on Earth, but are reincarnated to live a second life on Thera. The process normally strips people of their memories prior to transition, but not always....Therans and Earthlings who have high levels of a substance called DNT in
Clean Slate Complex by Megan Thomason is a short-story that bridges the time between books one and two of the daynight series 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! ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Outside of a few grammatical errors and typos it was primarily a clean read. I had difficulty in the first few chapters connecting to the main character. Not because it was written in present tense (which for me is the most awkward of tenses) but because of the way it was written. All the calling people "psycho" or "dude" was grating my nerves.

The story picked up in the middle and by picked up I mean it literally sucked me in. However, at the 90% marker it lost me. I don't want to give too much
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Clean slate complex is a companion piece to the daynight series (which I haven’t read yet). It’s supposed to take place between the events of daynight and its sequel, arbitrate. It’s about a girl named Alexa Knight whose homeless family is taken in by the Second Chance Institute. At a glance, the SCI is a poverty-stricken family’s dream come true: food and shelter, clean clothes, showers, jobs, health care, education, and any electronic devices you may need to get your homework done. The conditi ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
A charity set up to help homeless people off the street and into a new life seems too good to be true and the rebels try to convince the latest girl saved to join their cause.

I just could not connect with this story from the start. Oh don't get me wrong, it isn't a horrible book, it isn't badly written or anything like that. It just wasn't my kind of thing.

Alexa and her family are living in a van when she is attacked by a potential rapist-and saved by people from a charity. Her mother is offered
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I did like this little novella... it was nice to have a little something linked to Daynight while waiting for Arbitrate to release. Plus, getting a little insight to the backstory of the 2nd Chance Institute was beneficial. I think the main character Alexis is intriguing and am looking forward to seeing her character developed more in the sequel (I hope) and how she ties in. I believe I read somewhere that the characters in the Clean Slate Complex appear in Arbitrate, and it seems like this Nove ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
clean slate complex: a daynight novella: This is a stand-alone story in the daynight universe and is currently a free offering during this tour! (follow the link to smashwords).

I actually read this novella first before reading "daynight" and would highly recommend doing it this way. It isn't that "clean slate complex" fills in information of "daynight," but that it's a great introduction to the world of The Second Chance Institute and an interesting facet of Second Chancers.

I was a bit confused
Michael Long
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Clean Slate Complex is a short story set after the events in Daynight. Here we follow Alexa, a homeless girl who is "saved" by the Second Chance Institute. While they have provided for her basic needs, she learns that the cost to her and everyone else is extremely great. She befriends the son of the couple who runs the place and soon learns the horrifying truth of those who are "transferred out" of the institute.

I found the character of Alexa to be compelling. She reminds me a lot of Kira from D
Stacey Conrad
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hs-copy, netgalley
I thought the Daynight series could be just another dystopian series in the vein of Hunger Games, Divergent , Legend, (all amazing books to be sure) but the world building here is different than the usual. More like the “utopia” of Delirium or Slated; something stinks behind the scenes.

SCI is a smarmy do gooder organization with a hidden agenda, (social commentary, anyone?) The public face of the Second Chance Institute sucks poor people off the street, educates them, cures their illnesses and
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A spin off of Daynight, Clean Slate Complex combines the lives from the first book with what we'll see in the next book, Arbitrate.
The Clean Slate Complex is actually a series of complexes, all a part of the SCI, which brings homeless and hungry people off the streets, gives them medical treatment, food, housing, jobs, but there's much more to the story.
We meet Alexa, a teenage girl living in a van with her mother and brothers, as she's being attacked by a druggy, and then rescued by a member o
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a novelette set in the same universe as Daynight. While it could be read without having read Daynight, I highly recommend that you read Daynight first and read this novelette before Arbitrate.
This novelette features Alexa, a homeless girl who is given a home by the Second Chance Institute. At first it looks like her luck has finally taken a shift for the better since she now has a home, food, and medical care for her mom. However, Alexa never feels she can fully trust the SCI, because in
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this novella more than the book daynight, I think. It really helped me link the whole story of the SCI in my head. In the book we get to enter the alternate world and in this novella we get to see how things are connected to the Earth and what is happening here. It was cool to be introduced to new characters. I really liked them.

We get a glimpse of the characters from daynight in this novella and it definitely perked my interest in the next book to see how everything fits back
Colleen Johnson
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At first I wasn't sure what this book was about. But then it looped back on itself and all the pieces, as much as you can gather in a short story, fell into place for me. I really enjoyed this book and will be watching this author for sure. Thank you for writing this short story and offering it for $0.00 because I will absolutely be purchasing your 'daynight' book and look forward to the next one coming out later this summer (2013)! Recommended for readers ages 13 and up due to a bit of kissing ...more
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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 sarc ...more

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