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Dualed – Elsie Chapman

In this city, two of you exist, and only one will be granted the right to stay alive… dualed

How I discovered the book: I found this book on my local library’s electronic website. The premise declared that this book was comparable to the Hunger Games, so I decided to check it out…

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Plot Summary:

In the post-apocalyptic city of Kersh, each citizen has an identical twin (an alternate) lurking in the city. In order to earn the right to stay alive and grow into adulthood, each citizen must kill their alternate before their twentieth birthday. Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has lost her entire family. In order to overcome her grief, West decides to become a striker, a hired assassin sent to kill alternates. When West is finally given her assignment to kill her alternate, she finds herself outwitted. Does she have what it takes to survive?

About the book:

Title: Dualed

Author: Elsie Chapman

Series: Dualed (Book #1)

Year Published: 2013

Pages: 292

Genre: Young Adult, fiction, post-apocalyptic, dystopian

The Review:

A  story about a Hunger Games-esque battle to the death with only one victor, what could go wrong? The answer: many things. Although the synopsis sounded extremely exciting and thrilling, this book was far from being comparable to The Hunger Games. In fact, I would go as far to say that this book is merely a Hunger Games wannabe, or knock off. First of all, West Grayer is no Katniss Everdeen, and Chord, the male lead, has as much charm as a stale piece of pita bread. If you are looking for sweet romance, you will not find it here. In its place, you will find cheesy awkward romantic gestures that are cringeworthy.

Whenever I start a book, and the author throws a bunch of random terms that I know nothing about in relation to the context of the novel such as “active,” “alternate,” “idle,” I will get confused and will quickly loose interest. While an author must not explain every little detail, they must not create terms and magically assume their readers will catch on.

Overall, this book was a disappointment and took nearly three weeks for me to bother finishing it.

Final rating: F (terrible)

Until next time,

-Alice

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