17 February 2013

{Book Review} Dualed

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 February 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | | |

Dualed #1
Author: Elsie Chapman
Pages: 304
Release date: February 26th, 2013
Publisher: Random House
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4 birds

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

Initial thoughts after first two chapters of the book: I’m very confused about this one. It’s kept me going. I really do want to read on and see what happens next. I like the writing, I like the voice, but there’s something….unoriginal about this, and maybe that’s the reason i’m not enjoying it so much?

It’s a scary thought, isn’t it—having to kill someone, being the first thing, and that there is someone exactly identical to you. This is the very thing that egged me into reading this book. And as I read through the book I kept thinking of every single Alt dying. To their world, they are Alts, the person you must kill in order to survive, but from my perspective, as well as every character in the book (disregarding their own Alt of course) they are just people. And that is scary. Because every person past the age of twenty must definitely have murdered before. Everyone is living amongst murderers, who did the hardest thing, I think, anyone in the world can do metaphorically and realistically…defeating yourself.

At times I did feel like the world-building in DUALED wasn’t realistic. Things were happening so fast. Chapman gave us explanations to everything, however they didn’t seem organic and I didn’t fully understand certain things. Like, the place where they all live is restricted, holds up a barrier to the outside world. Surely, someone or another, would bump into their Alt?

I also do not fully understand our protagonist, West’s, actions. Spoiler Alert: Why would you sign up to be a striker and kill people you don’t have to kill, when you’re afraid of what might happen to you when facing your Alt when the time comes? I understand wanting practice and all that, but come on. Ever heard of a punching bag?

I sometimes felt that Elsie Chapman was trying so hard to create a strong YA protagonist that it was almost clichéd and often felt forced.

Overall however, I really did enjoy reading this book and would recommend it to anyone seeking an adventure.






  1. That was my gripe with the main character too. Why sign up to be a striker? I wanted to strangle her. lol But I did like the book anyways. :)

  2. I've heard mixed things about this book, but if you still liked it in spite of the frustrations, it may still be worth it. :) Thanks for the review, Amber!

  3. I will be reading this one soon, but I have been seeing a lot of negative reviews on it. I'm glad that you were still able to enjoy it even despite the issues you had with it.


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