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Monday, February 25, 2013

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

This one has been on my radar for a while, so I was very excited to receive an Egalley from NetGalley. It is being released tomorrow, so get those pre-orders in!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) I loved the idea behind this story. Okay...that sounds weird to say I loved it. I loved how original it was. Two of everyone, and both cannot survive to age 20, so they each have to try and take their "ALT" out. From the summary, this idea fascinated me because I wanted to know first, why? Why are there duplicates of everyone? And why do they have to kill each other? So many questions pop up when reading this book, so you can't help but get dragged into the story. 2) West. West was an interesting character to get to know. She's loyal to her family, but she's also stand-offish, after the tragedies she's suffered in her life, it's understandable why she is hesitant to get close to anyone. So you have to watch for some of the things that she does, rather than the things that she says in order to get to know her true feelings. 3) Chord. I actually would have liked to get to know him a little better, but he was a great addition to the story. West needed someone in her life to bring her back down to humanity. She spend so much of the book thinking about killing, that he is a necessity in her life to even make her relateable as a character.

What I Didn't Like: 1) Well, first of all, I think that there is supposed to be some sort of love, romantic love between Chord and West. I didn't find it. Or, I think the romance felt forced. I think that their relationship would have made more sense as a brother/sister type than a romantic one, at least in the way it was written. 2) I was missing the depth that I had expected to find. The book was very straightforward about kids being charged with killing each other. Very "what you see is what you get." There was potential for something more, but it just wasn't there.

Overall Thoughts: I was a little disappointed in this book. Maybe my expectations had been a little too high, but I was hoping for some more depth. With the idea, there was so much potential for a huge story, and rebellion and lots of girl-power. But all of that was missing. Additionally, the emotions felt a little forced between some of the characters, not written to really speak to the reader. On that note, I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next book in the series, because Elsie Chapman's imagination - to come up with this idea - fascinates me, and I can't wait to see how she develops her talent.

My Rating: 2 shots
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.


  1. That's too bad there wasn't enough depth to the story. Such a shame!

    Thanks for your honest thoughts :)

  2. The idea IS fascinating! I would totally want to know why each person has another duplicate! too bad the romance fell a little flat but I would totally read this book just for the world building.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. I'm worried about this one since it seems to be getting some bad reviews. It sounds like I am not going to love it much. I have it from NG too, but I have been putting it off. I guess I should get to it since it's out now.


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