This Week's Pick: Dualed (Dualed #1) by Elsie Chapman
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 26th, 2013
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.
I think it's that last sentence in the summary that really got me. That really makes me want to read this book and dive right into the distorted morals and twisted logic. Dualed could really mess with my mind which, in my opinion, is the sign of a fantastic book. I mean, everyone has a twin, every adult has committed the ultimate sin, and you are destined to murder yourself. What. In. The. World.
I think this book could be done really well but it could also go south. But this book could win me over. I could love this book. I really hope I do! And I'm really looking forward to finding out.
- Ciara (Lost at Midnight)