Monday, February 11, 2013
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Be the one, be worthy. This statement is what every Alt hears when they become active and must kill their genetic Alternate. Everyone who lives in the city of Kersh must prove their worthiness to society by killing their Alternate sometime between the age of 10 and 20 years old. They are given 31 days from their date of activation to eliminate the other person. If at the end of this time period both individuals are still alive, then both will self-destruct and neither will be considered worthy.
West Grayer is fifteen years old and has lost two siblings and both parents. Her older brother has not been activated either and both are worried about being left alone. West experiences several bad choices and now that she is active and must kill her Alt, she is uncertain on whether or not she is worthy to live the life before her. Time is running out. She must die, kill or wait and self-destruct.
Dualed is a fast paced post-apocalyptic thriller that will keep the reader going for more. There is action, intrigue and even a little romance. The reader will root for this heroine, while also doubting along with her. Do you want her to die or live? Would you want to live in a world knowing that your children will need to make these same choices? Elsie Chapman weaves many philosophical and political issues into this debut novel that will open discussions with those around you.
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