Monday, March 11, 2013

Dualed & Review!

 
 

                                 Dualed

                                                 By: Elsie Chapman

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                                                    Synopses & Reviews


Publisher Comments:

 
The Hunger Games meets Matched in this thrilling high-concept YA where citizens must prove their worth by defeating the other version of themselves--their twin.Two of you exist. Only one will survive.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.Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better."Fans of the Divergent trilogy will want to read this imaginative tale that is reminiscent of William Golding's Lord of the Flies." --VOYA


"The textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie." --Publishers Weekly"Clever suspense--here, stalking is a two-way street." --Kirkus Reviews
 

Others Review:

 
"Stylish, frenetic, and violent, Chapman's debut is the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie. The star is West Grayer, the 15-year-old sole survivor of what was once a family of six. Her mother became collateral damage in a state-sanctioned assassination; her father committed suicide; two siblings were also assassination targets; and the third was another collateral victim. This is all fairly normal, because West lives in an assassination-based society where children are bred in pairs, but raised separately. When the state decides it's time — anywhere between ages 10 and 20 — the twins are notified, and a lethal game of hide-and-seek begins, with the winner awarded the privileges of living and breeding. It's how the state creates a defense-ready population. Parents scarcely object: one mother says to a targeted teen, 'his is not the time to be testing my patience,' as though imminent death were roughly on par with breaking curfew. The brutality is no worse than in The Hunger Games or dozens of other entertainment options, but the societal nonchalance that surrounds it makes for a dismal setting. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
 
 

Synopsis:

 
Two of you exist. Only one will survive.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.Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.
 

About the Author


ELSIE CHAPMAN grew up in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English literature. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children, where she writes to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time). Dualed is her first novel.
 

    


This book is SO HARD to rate and review!
It was NOTHING like I thought it was going to be! Kind of a disappointment because it did NOT live up to what I thought it was going to be, but the book that it was was not all that bad, but not all that great either!

First the writing! That's always one of the most important things in reading a book, is how well it's written (and the plot)! And this one was written very well. The word building was great and it flowed fairly well and overall the descriptive writing was entertaining, maybe even a little too much description at some points. Sometimes I caught, myself skimming through pages because the writer would go on and on about something that really was not important or entertaining. Besides that the writing was good!

Second, about the Plot! When I first read the synopsis, I was like WOW, this is a must read for 2013, and I was so excited about the release! Even with some of the bad reviews, I still kept telling myself that not everyone is going to like a certain book and every book is bound to get some bad reviews, Right??? Well, I think I should have listen to them reviews, when they said it was nothing like it was talked up to be! The idea of the plot is AMAZING! Having two of the same person! Having a generated gene created for every couple that wants a baby, was very unique and original and definitely caught my attention! Then we have the idea of having to hunt down your Alt and kill them before your 31 days are up, is just out of this world intriguing! How could anyone pass that up??? Well I could have, really! No, where in the synopsis does it mention that West is going to become a striker. An assassin in our terms! I think that right there ruined the book for me. Not because she was an assassin, NO! Because that's ALL she was pretty much doing in the whole book! Not chasing down her own Alt and killing her like she is suppose to be doing, No she was chasing down other peoples Alt's and killing them! West the main character just rambles on and on and it gets really annoying sometimes! Errrr! There's SO MANY reasons why this book did not sit well with me! This book could have been SO MUCH BETTER then it was! It had SO MUCH POTENTIAL!


Okay, So Here's The Plot! Everyone has a Alt! A twin, so to say that is born from different parents then yours! When a couple wants a baby they have to go to a clinic and have two of the same exact genes created, and one goes to one couple and the other gene goes to the next couple that comes in to have a baby. Both couples will have the same exact person born, just to different parents, a different life with a different family! But every Alt meets one day! They created Alts to not over populate and save resources for the strong and worthy citizens, not the weak and unworthy! So they created the Alt system where it's either KILL OR BE KILLED!

The book was NOT a terrible read! It just wasn't by far the best read or even close! I guess the most disappointment was that the book did not live up to what I thought and that was a BIG let down. But after I got over that, it still did not win me over!

I would recommend this book! Just because I did not love it does not mean that others won't, and like I said it was an okay read. It just wasn't for me. I will read the 2nd book when it releases, because I do want to see what happens to the whinny West and see if she has grown up any and in hopes that book 2 brings more then book one has!

Overall I give this book 3 1/2 stars!That meaning it's an okay book in my opinion, and that I would recommend it and read the next in the series!

So there you have it my review and rating of Dualed ONE of the most anticipated books of 2013!


 

 

 

 



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Product details 304 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English9780307931542 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Stylish, frenetic, and violent, Chapman's debut is the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie. The star is West Grayer, the 15-year-old sole survivor of what was once a family of six. Her mother became collateral damage in a state-sanctioned assassination; her father committed suicide; two siblings were also assassination targets; and the third was another collateral victim. This is all fairly normal, because West lives in an assassination-based society where children are bred in pairs, but raised separately. When the state decides it's time — anywhere between ages 10 and 20 — the twins are notified, and a lethal game of hide-and-seek begins, with the winner awarded the privileges of living and breeding. It's how the state creates a defense-ready population. Parents scarcely object: one mother says to a targeted teen, 'his is not the time to be testing my patience,' as though imminent death were roughly on par with breaking curfew. The brutality is no worse than in The Hunger Games or dozens of other entertainment options, but the societal nonchalance that surrounds it makes for a dismal setting. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Includes 9 copies of Dualed (HC/978-0-307-93154-2)
"Synopsis" by , Two of you exist. Only one will survive.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.Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.



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