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Duplicity Hardcover – March 17, 2015
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“I definitely recommend it to fans of the twisted and strange...it's a really, really intriguing concept.” ―USA Today
“I absolutely loved this novel! Original. Pitch perfect voice. A stunning debut. I'm jealous. N.K. Traver knocks it out of the park. A must read. I. Could. Not. Put. It down.” ―Roland Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Peak and the I, Q series
“N.K. Traver's Duplicity is an intriguing, fast-paced read. It's the dark, malevolent-mirror-filled soul baby of Tron and The Matrix that I never knew I wanted. Don't miss it!” ―Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood
“Traver's debut is an accessibly written cautionary tale that literally takes readers through the looking glass, calling on them to engage with Brandon's quest for liberation while questioning their own relationships with digital seduction.” ―Booklist
“Traver blended the world of computers, excitement of hacking, bad boy personas and a regular teenager looking for love and attention brilliantly.” ―Fresh Fiction
“Duplicity is an incredibly unique, fast-paced debut. I've never read a story quite like it! With a clever writing style and satisfying hints of humor, N.K. Traver knocks this one out of the park! I can't wait to have a copy of it on my shelf. This is a great debut that will be sure to suck in both male and female readers. It kept me thinking, even after I finished the last page.” ―Lindsay Cummings, author of The Murder Complex
About the Author
As a freshman at the University of Colorado, N.K. TRAVER decided to pursue Information Technology because classmates said "no one could make a living" with an English degree. It wasn't too many years later Traver realized it didn't matter what the job paid―nothing would ever be as fulfilling as writing. Programmer by day, writer by night, it was only a matter of time before the two overlapped. Duplicity is Traver's first novel.
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Duplicity lands the reading right in the middle of a relationship gone bad and a failing family.
Brandon the hacker is the boy mama always warned you about: tattoos, dozens of piercings, and a background that can have the FEDs on him in seconds. His favorite tattoo is one that pulls back his skin to show gears and wires, exposing himself to be just a machine. This tattoo is very important to how the character sees himself as well as his relationship with his ignorant parents.
Brandon’s parents are both married to their jobs and can’t understand why Brandon didn’t turn into a well balanced teenager on his own. They worry more about how his behavior will affect their business image than his future, and often ignore him until he acts out.
Emma is the good girl. Puts up with Brandon’s antics and isn’t afraid to do a little shoving back. The author also kept this character real and believable and not just one Brandon can fall back on.
Seb is my favorite side character! He/she is a hacker that is trapped in the program with Brandon but has figured out a few random hacks, including changing his/her avatar back and forth better male and female characters. He/she flirts with “Bran Bran” endlessly, making him completely uncomfortable, as she recruits him to hack their way out of the program.
JENA is a supercomputer that keeps the hackers trapped and monitored. She reminds me of Red Queen from Resident Evil. Her avatar is an innocent little girl, but her mannerisms and words are ominous and evil.
Obran is the name Brandon gives to the preppy duplicate that takes over his life. He does his homework, dresses nice, and helps his mother. What gets under Brandon’s skin the most is that with Obran his parents start to notice they have a son again, despite Brandon’s attempts to distract them from their jobs.
The story itself is amazing and made up of so many layers of sci-fi elements it’ll make fans drool: nanobots, sentient computers, downloaded consciences, overlords, hackers, and bodysnatchers (oh my!). It also brings up plenty of ethics questions so readers who like a good debate on morality would love discussions on this book later. The romance was there, but it didn’t take away from the main plot. Well done.
The story is setup so there might be a possible sequel, and here’s hoping!
Overall, Duplicity is an engrossing debut novel that will keep the reader enthralled throughout the story. I recommend to anyone who likes cyberpunk, young adult romance, and thrillers.