"Dualed" is a thrilling high-concept YA where citizens must prove their worth by killing their Alts--twins raised by other families.
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage--life. But then a tragic misstep shakes West's confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she's no longer certain that she's the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.
Elsie Chapman's suspenseful debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.
So, I read Dualed in June. June 2012. That’s a really long wait for the sequel, but the good news is: there isn’t a cliffhanger. Which makes me super happy because maybe now the wait will be bearable.
I doubt it. I’ll just have to reread Dualed because HELL YEAH IT IS THAT AWESOME. I do love a good action-packed novel, even when I do love the romance. I love that Elsie Chapman worked both into this fantastic debut, and she does such a great job with it.
I love love love West. She’s so mature for her age, and in this world Chapman created, it works. You sorta have to be mature instead of a young teenager when you know you might have to kill your Alt soon. Or have them kill you.
I have to admit that I did think about this idea a lot—You or your Alt?—and came to the conclusion that if I had to face against my Alt, and be the person that I am today, I wouldn’t make it. BUT if I lived in that world and had been training for killing my Alt? I think I could, because hello, I have been TRAINING for this moment, so it makes this book’s premise a little OH HOLY CRAP. What BIG thing happened to West to make it seem like she couldn’t do this?
You guys, I just absolutely adored the idea behind Dualed. It was unique and made me REALLY think, and I love thinking. I love books that challenge me to think of an alternate world.
Such a fantastic idea. Anyway. The romance fan that I am wanted more kissing; West and Chord have amazing chemistry between them, and man, I LOVED Chord. He was so sweet! Like he’s probably the sweetest YA love interest out there. LOVED HIM SO MUCH. He’s just . . . amazing. All the hearts for Chord.
The ending totally made this book for me, especially the big climatic event. I reread it after I finished the book because omg it was just perfect. And no cliffhanger! Yay! I’m really excited to see where Elsie takes the sequel. I can’t WAIT for that one. I would sell parts of my soul for it.
Dualed by Elsie Chapman is out now. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review from the publisher via netgalley.