Series: Dualed #1
Author: Elsie Chapman
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: Feb 26th 2013
Source: That to the publisher for the ARC copy!
When I read the synopsis of the novel I knew I had to have it!
Summary taken 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.
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.
From the moment I heard about Dualed I knew immediately that I wanted to read it. The synopsis alone draws you in. When I started reading I did get a large Hunger Games vibe, and when I finished I realized that it was similar to the Hunger Games in the dystopian society where children kill other children way. But, this one is different. There are no TVs to capture the even, and they are not secluded. They dual an alternate version of themselves to prove who is the strongest and who will help defend the city should anything happen. And they do it all in broad day-light right in the middle of their cities. But I can’t deny that there were still a lot of similarities between Dualed and The Hunger Games even down to their characters. There is the boy who will do anything to save the girl, and the girl who walks around completely numb, emotionless, and robotic. Even having admitted that I still loved the book and I especially loved the characters. There was a lot of scenic description and even just some inner thoughts that I thought the book could do with out, but still I was rooting for West and I couldn’t stop reading about her ‘active’ journey. West meets others along the way—some she helps, some she puts in harms way, but her journey was one that I found interesting. I have a feeling that the next in the series, like The Hunger Games, will start to show the people and even West revolting against the way things are and I personally can’t wait to see what happens next.
West—Even when she is avoiding fighting she is still teaching herself how to fight. She’s confused, and strong.
Here is how I imagined West
But with Dark blue eyes.
Chord—Chord was a character that I loved from the start. He is tech savvy and does everything he possibly can to protect West. She’s all he has left.
Finding someone who looked like Chord was very hard to do. But I picked a younger Charlie Barnett
The familiarity between The Hunger Games is a little offsetting. I felt, on occasion, like I was cheating on The Hunger Games. Like “May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favour” this novel also had a government slogan “Be the one, be worthy.” A little too Hunger Games for me.
Again there was a lot of description and inner monologue that I thought was not necessary.
And finally, I didn’t like how West sort of accepts how things are. She signs up to be a Striker! And later on just accepts that she has to kill. I don’t know what the next book in the series will bring, but I hope it brings a West that is more morally aligned.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall, I enjoyed it. I believe that it does deserve the four stars that I gave, and the series sound promising. The writing was easy to follow, and nothing really needed to be explained. I wasn’t confused by lingo (because it was always explained in a timely fashion). There wasn’t much wrong with the writing (at least that I could find, and especially for an uncorrected proof). I found Dualed by Elisa Chapman to be charming, emotional, adventurous, and overall a really good read; it’s a series that I hope to continue with.
Next in the Series:
(No Cover Art as of Yet)
Divided (#2) ETA: February 2014
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you are a lover of dystopian society, kick-butt females, and battles to the death than this is for you.
If you liked this you'll probably love:
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs, Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter, Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, Demon Trapper series by Jana Oliver, Shifter series by Rachel Vincent, Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
Author Website/Blog: http://elsiechapman.com