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Dualed Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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From the Editor of "Dualed"
I read Elsie Chapman’s chilling novel, Dualed, in one sitting on the morning it was pitched to me. The powerful, raw world of Kersh pulled me in and refused to let go. Here, teens must prepare for the day when they will have one month to hunt down and kill their Alts—twins raised by other families. Only one version of each person is worthy of the city’s limited resources. Survival means advanced schooling, work, marriage—life.
Full of action, suspense, and unexpected romance, this is a book that makes you think. What kind of society wants every adult to be a murderer? How far would you go to protect those you love? Would you be more successful if you just had different parents? How would you feel knowing that the other “you” out there might be the better version? Dualed is one of those fantastic reads where you turn the last page and then turn to the person next to you to begin talking about it. Enjoy!
Top Customer Reviews
West is literally running for her life for most of this book. She has gone active and has the constant knowledge that her ALT is after her. With all of this, "Dualed" lacks tension. It's annoyingly repetitive and West is just too stoic a narrator. The story starts off strong; West has just buried another sibling who was killed by their alternate. She is still in her funeral blacks when Cord, a boy she has known all of her life, goes active. (Going "Active" means that you have a month to hunt down and kill your alternate) West refuses to lose another person and pushes Cord to go after his alt immediately. This sets off a chain of action packed and heartbreaking events.
At this point, I am hungrily flipping through the pages. I'm thinking that this book is going to be great, but it isn't. The issue is that the book doesn't so much decline as it goes static. West runs around Kersh, trying to avoid her Alt and Cord, while killing strangers and innocents. In the first 10% of this book West becomes a Striker. A striker is an assassin who kills alts for those who can afford to pay. This ruined the book for me. One, because "Dualed" isn't being advertised as a book about an assassin and I felt completely blindsided. It happens so early in the book, that it blows my mind that it is not mentioned in the synopsis, the trailer or any other promotional media I have seen. Second, in a world filled with Katniss Everdeens and Rose Hathaways it is very difficult to like a heroine who kills for no reason.
The author tries to give us this spiel about how Striker's fight against the system. No.Read more ›
The writing itself in Dualed was gripping, but I did have a bit of trouble connecting with the characters. West Grayer is a young girl surrounded by death and loss, and I think she is a fair representation of that. She is withdrawn and pushes away anyone who attempts to get close to or help her. I think this included me. However, West was fascinating to observe (I never felt like I was there with her like I do in many books), and I enjoyed her interactions with Chord. My favorite thing about her was the doubt she felt about being the worthy one, being as she was a hired assassin for other people's Alts.Read more ›
In Dualed, Chapman ups the ante by making the doppelgänger an actual harbinger of death. Because in the city of Kersh, citizens have to fight their genetic doubles or Alts to the death before their twentieth birthday. Those who survive, are able to live out their days in relative comfort. But that's only IF you survive.
For fifteen-year-old West Grayer, taking down her Dualed is something that she's trained for almost her entire life. However, after an accident, she starts questioning her ability to face off with her Alt.
Things that worked:
* Chapman doesn't hesitate from building a world that is bleak and dangerous. The main characters routinely see people get killed in front of them, and are constantly discussing the possibility of their own deaths. There's no hand-holding in Kersh, a writing decision which I thought was brave, and honestly, comparable to the Hunger Games.
* The pace. The reader is thrown into the action immediately, and Chapman only keeps ratcheting up the anticipation. The plotting is masterful, and I spent the second half of the novel biting my lip.
* West's characterization. Unlike the rash of Mary Sues in YA lit, West is difficult to like. She's prickly. She does things that would make you recoil from her if she were a real person. I found this to be a refreshing change, quite frankly.
Because she has qualities that make us dislike her, West ultimately becomes more human, and more understandable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first book where I thought a movie would be better than the book (and it will, if it is ever made into one), because the entire story could be told in 90 minutes... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bookseller
Dualed is one of those books that contains an excellent premise, but lacks in the execution. Each person has a genetic alternate, born to a different family. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lupine Smile
Dualed by Elsie Chapman is set in a dystopian future and a metropolis named Kersh. The world is desolate by war, to have the right to live within Kersh emanates a very steep price... Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. Russo
I really liked this story. And oh! Oh! A dystopian with no love triangle! Hallelujah! The plot was nicely fresh and original. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Elyse
I loved the building action that lead up to the kill and her new life. Dualed is a book that I would recommend to people that love action and fighting. Read morePublished 10 months ago by nicole henry
A good, solid read but not quite enough to get me to buy the second. An interesting storyline and fairly well-written. Character development was a little weak. Read morePublished 11 months ago by cmvaldes
Great action and suspense brought down by a wishy-washy protagonist whose actions fail to match her priorities. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Courtney R. Wells
The synopsis of this book intrigued me. I loved both the Hunger Games and Divergent series. However, this book lacked character development. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ok, I see what the problem is with this one. Why does everyone not like this book? Why is this books rating so low? Let me explain.
This book has the potential. Read more