Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dualed Review

304 pages
Release date: February 26th, 2013

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.

Review (ARC):
There was so much about this book that I wanted to like but at the end it just fell short for me. I feel like the world-building isn't very strong, there are a lot of holes in the story. I didn't feel much of a connection to the characters. West seems like a strong character, although she does have issues with killing her Alt, yet she doesn't seem as developed as she should be. The other characters didn't really stand out at all, even West's love interest, Chord. I like action and fighting and this book has a lot of that but not in a way that makes you want to read more. The way that this book ended wasn't expected yet it wasn't very interesting either. I really felt like I had no idea what was happening for the majority of this book and that made it basically a chore to read. I can't say that I recommend reading this novel, I can only hope that if there's a sequel that it revamps this series and improves the story.