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.
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About the Book
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 TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING by Claire LaZebnik
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)