Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Double Review - Dualed & Divided by Elsie Chapman

Today I'm reviewing Dualed and Divided by Elsie Chapman. 

Summary from Goodreads: In the city of Kersh, everyone must eliminate their genetic Alternate twin, raised by another family, before their twentieth birthday. West Grayer, 15, has trained as a fighter, and has one month to hunt and kill her Alt. A tragic misstep shakes her confidence. Guilty, grieving, she feels unworthy, runs from her Alt and from love - both can destroy her.

Review after the jump! 
Review: Dualed is another survivalist dystopian book similar to The Hunger Games and Divergent series. Honestly it takes a lot for me to read a dystopian book these days, the niche is booming and it often seems like all of the books are the same with just minor differences. However, this book intrigued me with it's doppelgänger based plot. I wish the world building had been more fleshed out, but all in all Dualed was fast paced, exciting and with a likable main character. 

Rating: 3/5 Stars 

Summary from Goodreads: The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.

Review: Divided definitely improved upon the world building issues that Dualed had, while also fleshing out the characters a little more. I really enjoyed the sequel, so if you are on the fence about Divided after reading Dualed, then you can lay your fears to rest. I highly recommend Divided. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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