You or your Alt? 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. (taken from Goodreads)
Objectionable:Language was a 3 (just), there was a good deal of violence and killing because that is the way their world is. There are a couple kisses at the end and briefly West lies next to Chord in his bed. Basically the violence is killing, shooting, injuries and fighting.
Thoughts:I had read several reviews for Dualed and had become interested by the idea that you have a twin. At some point between the ages of 10 and 20 you will be "activated" and you or your Alt must try to kill each other. Only one of you can live. DNA from both parents are combined to make two people who look exactly alike. One deserves to live. Will that Alt be you? I was interested in the idea of someone coming after you with your face. And only one could win. It's creepy and cool at the same time. Personally I really enjoyed this book and thought the idea played out really well. The characters weren't as strong and the plot good but not great. However this was still a really good book. It was exciting, a great idea that will continue in the next book...which I'm definitely going to read. This was a great first book and I would recommend it to YA+ girls and guys who like kick-butt excitement, spy/assassin like characters, science fiction(ish) and slightly dystopian. Overall, this was a good book that could have been better, but really, it was a good book. I liked it a lot :)
Characters: West was a great character. She was kick-butt, but at the same time would freeze up and would run away. She was vulnerable and loved her family. She had a dignity that she wanted to keep too, I think. I liked her. Chord was sweet and although his character wasn't deeply shown and delved into, his actions of tailing West and watching out for her show what a great guy he is :) There were two other side characters that I liked, but really there weren't many main-side characters. There were the ones you hated of course. And I did.
Cover:It gives you a glimpse of the world, old and run down but some what technologically advanced. And people carry weapons and play games that involve killing (fake deaths, but real sparring). I like the shadow as well and think it really fits the book :)
Stars:3.9 (I would reread, but I'd wait a long while and if I didn't have anything to read....this book was good and interesting, but not stellar, in my view.)