There are no spoilers in this review.
I was sent this by the publisher a while ago, but that has in no way impacted my opinion.
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.
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, Dystopia is not up my alley. That being said, I actually liked Dualed, enough that I may be tempted to go out and get the sequel one of these days.
Its an interesting concept, killing your ‘alt’ that certainly takes Survival of the Fittest very seriously. I’m just not sure how realistic it is, how desperate people must have been to agree that they all need to be murders, and to risk having children that will either grow up to murder or be murdered.
One of my biggest problems with it is the same as my problems with Me Before You: its predictable. Either because the title of hte second book gives something away, or because there is a second (or third) book at all gives something away.
If you like Dystopian you should definitely read this. Its a very different book, I’ve never read anything like it even within the dystopian genre.
If dystopia isn’t your favorite genre (like me!) you may still want to read this, because its so unique. I know my biggest complain with the dystopian genre is the predictability and reused storylines, and yes this is another ‘fight to the death’ storyline, but its not a typical one.