Series: Dualed #2
Published by: Penguin Random House on May 27, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .
West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.
The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.
How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: A sequel that was just as intense and entertaining as its predecessor.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
I remember reading Dualed last year and really enjoying it, so I’m happy to say I also enjoyed Divided. I was definitely intrigued with this world of “Alts” that Chapman created and was surprised that there would be a sequel considering the first book was pretty conclusive. However, Chapman managed to capture my attention just as well with this book.
Much of Dualed was focused around West being a striker and it was interesting to see those skills come back into play in this book in a somewhat different way. Being a striker wasn’t all fun and games for West, it was something she had to do for herself. Now, being practically forced to do it again, for the promise of a brighter future, it was definitely a trip seeing West battler her inner demons and come to terms with her guilt and eventual acceptance of her life. I actually liked West as a character, even more so this time around and in the first. She felt a bit weak to me at times in the first book and you really get to see how much she’s grown and changed in this one. I also loved her interactions with Chord. Such a sweet, yet not overshadowing romance. I thought it fit perfectly with the story.
In Divided, you get more background information about how this world came to be and the sinister truths that their “government” is hiding. Things don’t get fully resolved, leaving a pretty open ending, but it was also a satisfying ending. I could see myself enjoying more adventures from West and her friends, and there’s certainly more that Chapman could explore in this world. Overall, it was a very satisfying and thrilling series. As I’m not that into dystopians anymore, this one had the right amount of depth and elements to keep me engaged without it being too much or not enough.
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). For more information, please visit Elsie at ElsieChapman.com.