Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
Dualed by Elsie Chapman reached the top of my review stack. I got this 2013 Debut novel from NetGalley. It will be released on February 26. Here is the description:
Two of you exist.This book has been compared to lots of books I have read—The Hunger Games, Matched, Divergent—and one I haven't—Lord of the Flies. I am eager to see if I like it as much as the books it is being compared to.
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.
I've buried nearly everyone I love.Friday 56:
Right now, unnatural completions at the hands of strikers don't happen often enough for them to warrant too much of the Board's manpower. As far as they know, at least.