March 19, 2013

Dualed - Review

Dualed by Elsie Chapman
You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old 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. 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 YA 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.

My Review
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. In the city of Kersh. Life is pretty good. You are safe, have things, and it is a pretty good life, that is if you manage to kill your Alt. Everyone is born with a twin raised by another family. Before your 20th birthday you have to kill you alt to get the good life. If your Alt wins they get the good life. It is the way to make sure the strong survive and the weak are gotten rid of. 15 year old West has been preparing for when her month comes to kill her Alt. She thinks she has a good shot at doing it. A tragedy changes the way she thinks and she does some things against the rules to better her chances. Now she has to face old ghost, her twin, and someone who loves her. Can she let go of the past to face what must be done to have a life?

West is an intriguing character. She is tough you have to be to survive in this world, she has had loads of tragedy in her life so far, she is smart as she hides from her Alt and still does her job and she is sometimes blind to what is in front of her. I liked getting into her head seeing the many different things she had going on.Chord is a favorite character of mine he tries his best to protect West as he told her brother he would. She constantly fights with him but he still sticks around and watches her back. 

This book keeps you on the edge of your seat as you read and read trying to see what will happen. Will West or her Alt win the battle they must face. It can at times get really tense as they face each other and learn they are pretty even on everything. You get to see flashes of the Alt's life and that was a nice touch. I would have loved to know more of how this all came to be where everyone has a twin and you have to kill them that would have made the story even better. You do get plenty of action as West works her job and as there is always someone trying to kill there Alt. This is a highly entertaining book to me. West does a lot of things that show you just how far she is willing to go to live. At times it makes you wonder what you would do in this situation. I eagerly look forward to the next book to see where this story goes because even tho it ended nicely you still want more.
4 out of  Bats~Pam
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