ARC Review: Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Dualed (Dualed, #1)Dualed 
by Elsie Chapman
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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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.

Could you kill someone with your face? Could you kill at all if faced with certain death? In the world of Dualed, if you want to make it into adulthood you will become a murderer.

Dualed centers around a society when everyone has a genetic alternate complete with government medically "timed" wiring that can be activated at any time a little before or during puberty. Such internal devices make killing your twin an undebatable command. But where there are laws, there are criminals willing to break them. Where there are law abiding citizens, there's also a black market. 

Dualed is told from West Grayer's point of view. Her situation instantly made me like her. She's lost a lot of her loved ones and virtually one step from homelessness on top of poverty. Her only hope for a better living situation is being activated, and yet the public school system is not up to part. With a little push, she delves into a journey of bloodshed and cowardness. 

While I completely understood West's hesitation, the length of it seemed a bit at olds with her initial portrayal. She was kind of a walking contradiction. I was curious to know her Alt's point of view.  It's weird to automatically have an enemy from the time you are born, and while Dualed is written to make you automatically hate "the other one". It would have been nice to see things from their perspective. 

Dualed was both an entertaining as well as frustrating novel. I found it difficult to get into the story right away. Mainly because I was juggling reads. Dualed is the type of novel that demands your undivided attention. West goes back and forth between the past and present, and if you're not careful you'll get lost. While West's character was a grey zone for me, I was completely in awe of the society. I could see a lot of potential. Kersh seemed very cut throat (literally)! I look forward to book two.

*I'm an Ambuzzador (via Random Buzzers) for this book and was given a free copy for an honest review.

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