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Dualed
by Elsie Chapman


Overview - "The Hunger Games" meets "Matched" in this thrilling high-concept YA where citizens must prove their worth by defeating the other version of themselves--their twin.
Two of you exist.
Only one will survive.
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high.
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Overview
"The Hunger Games" meets "Matched" in this thrilling high-concept YA where citizens must prove their worth by defeating the other version of themselves--their twin.
Two of you exist.
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.
"Fans of the Divergent trilogy will want to read this imaginative tale that is reminiscent of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies."" --"VOYA
""The textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Clever suspense--here, stalking is a two-way street." --"Kirkus Reviews"


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780307931542
  • ISBN-10: 0307931544
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: February 2013
  • Page Count: 292
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Young Adult Fiction > Dystopian
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Science Fiction - General
Books > Young Adult Fiction > Action & Adventure - Survival Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-12-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Stylish, frenetic, and violent, Chapman’s debut is the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie. The star is West Grayer, the 15-year-old sole survivor of what was once a family of six. Her mother became collateral damage in a state-sanctioned assassination; her father committed suicide; two siblings were also assassination targets; and the third was another collateral victim. This is all fairly normal, because West lives in an assassination-based society where children are bred in pairs, but raised separately. When the state decides it’s time—anywhere between ages 10 and 20—the twins are notified, and a lethal game of hide-and-seek begins, with the winner awarded the privileges of living and breeding. It’s how the state creates a defense-ready population. Parents scarcely object: one mother says to a targeted teen, “his is not the time to be testing my patience,” as though imminent death were roughly on par with breaking curfew. The brutality is no worse than in The Hunger Games or dozens of other entertainment options, but the societal nonchalance that surrounds it makes for a dismal setting. Ages 12–up. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency. (Feb.)

 
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