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Book Watch: Dualed


DualedDUALED by Elsie Chapman releases in the U.S. on February 26, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 304 pages.

DUALED is the first book in author Elsie Chapman’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, DIVIDED, is slated for release in February 2014.


There are a ton of awesome books releasing the week of February 26th, but there is no book I’m more excited for than DUALED by Elsie Chapman. I have been pining for this book ever since I first noticed it last spring and with release date less than three weeks away the wait is finally almost over.

I did not have instant cover love for this book. Nor was I immediately attracted to its title. While the shadowed image of the girl, which highlighted the fact that she was carrying both a knife and a gun and that the shadow wasn’t a true shadow, might have piqued my curiosity eventually, it was the tagline that claimed my full attention.

Two of you exist. Only one will survive.

Yeah. Those two simple sentences alone raised more than a few questions – Why are there two? Are they clones? Are they twins? Why must only one survive? What kind of world did this author create?

And they were questions I definitely wanted answered. So, of course I checked out the description which made me that much more desperate to get my hands on a copy.

DUALED sounds amazing. As the description hints, it does sound like it will provide a lot of food for thought about this society, about the survivors, about who best deserves a chance to live. And I cannot wait to discover for myself just what questions this story raises for me.

But I also cannot wait to meet West Grayer and to find out what the “tragic misstep” was that causes her to question her own worth. I am also very curious to see how the author introduces the “Alts” and whether she brings them to life only to destroy them in the course of this story.

This dark, dystopian society reminds me a little bit of the one in King’s The Long Walk, so I’m incredibly interested in diving in when it releases later this month.

The description promises a story that has “fast-paced action” and “unexpected romance” along with those ideas to ponder. Which make this first book in the author’s series one that I think definitely deserves the spotlight.

So, without a doubt, DUALED is my choice for the book to watch this week. Even with all those other awesome releases.

And if you don’t want to have to wait for release and would like to listen to an audio excerpt on YouTube, CLICK HERE.


Book Trailer


Places to Watch

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The author’s TUMBLR

The author on GOODREADS


About the Book

Goodreads description:

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.


Other Amazing Books to Watch

Here are a bunch of wicked cool books releasing the week of February 26th:


THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson

FRAGMENTS (Partials #2) by Dan Wells

PULSE (Pulse #1) by Patrick Carman

SCANDAL (The Ivy #4) by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

WHAT WE BECOME (Those That Wake #2) by Jesse Karp

ALSO KNOWN AS by Robin Benway

EMBLAZE (The Violet Eden Chapters #3) by Jessica Shirvington (March 1)

THE LOOK by Sophie Bennett (March 1, in stock Feb. 8)

ME, HIM, THEM, IT by Caela Carter

REVENGE OF THE GIRL WITH THE GREAT PERSONALITY by Elizabeth Eulberg (March 1, in stock Feb. 8)

8 Responses to “Book Watch: Dualed”

  1. This is on my watch list too, and I’ll probably buy it if I see it in stores, but I’ve read a couple of not too favourable reviews about it. At least I think it was this book… It was a while ago. Either way it’s planted a little seed of doubt…

    That just means that if it does turn out to be good, I’ll just be even more impressed XD

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      The comments have gotten me a little worried. I have it pre-ordered so am hoping it’s a great read for me. And I love when I’m surprised by a book that has gotten less than favorable initial feedback. I’ll be more impressed too.

      I have eclectic tastes…. Here’s to hoping it’s an awesome read for us both! I’ll avoid any reviews until after. I want to judge it based upon my own thoughts. I don’t want that seed of doubt!

  2. Jaime Arnold says:

    I picked this up and last night and put it back down. Just a warning it has a super long chapter one.

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      I don’t mind long intro chapters if they tell a good story. But oh no that you set it aside. 🙁 It sounds so cool. Hopefully when you pick it up again it will pick up a bit?

      • Jaime Arnold says:

        I doubt I will. What I read was super slow it’ll probably be forgotten there are soo many other books on my TBR that need to be read. I may just put DNF on GR for it. You know me and long chapters I don’t like them :/

  3. Brooke says:

    I read an ARC of this. I really liked the concept and the characters weren’t bad, but the middle was SLOW!!!!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      The concept does sound awesome. But a slow middle? Hmmm, I typically like books with a consistent pacing that picks up at the end. I don’t mind slow, but if it’s supposed to be fast-paced and action-packed then… Thanks for the heads up!

  4. Wow. I have to say… If it weren’t for you spotlighting it today and letting me know about that tagline I wouldn’t have been pinning for it as I am now.

    It looks great!!! I hope you can get to it soon after getting it!!!

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