I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Random House Publishing Group on February 26th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Two of you exist. 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.
West lives in a society where 10-20 year olds are called Alts. Until the Board gives them an assignment to murder their own twin (Alt) for a better more secure life. If they fail after thirty days, they both die. After a tragic death, that almost rips West apart, she turns to becoming a striker. An assassin who kills other Alts for her clients. Then the day where her assignment comes in and she has thirty-one days to find her Alt and kill her before she gets killed herself.
What an intense read! It had me gripped to the edge of my seat, kept me turning the page. There’s so much action I could picture every chapter in my head. I could see this book being made into a movie and it would be epic. I loved the world that Elise Chapman created. Imagining a city where there are two very distinct classes. Even their food, jobs and family are limited until they become a Complete. There was a vague summary of how the city came to be and I’m still a little confused as to how the cold virus could start wars around the world, so I wished there was a bit more explanation as to how it became to be.
West is definitely stubborn, and I love how she defends the people she loves, even if it means putting herself in danger. Having just lost her parent really puts a strain on her and her brother, the only family she has left. I find that characters are so much stronger and resilient when bad things happen to them. West is just the character to keep on surviving until the end. I couldn’t help but wince every time she would take down an Alt. The struggles that she has to go through impact her work and she would make mistakes. Chord on the other hand is decisive and knows exactly what to do. I find it a bit hilarious that he was always saving her at the last minute. And yes West can very well take of herself but I guess sometimes you do need help, especially if someone is out to get you.
What a wonderful debut novel! I can’t wait to read what else Elise has in store for us!
Lots of great characters to cheer for.
Fast paced and a page turner.
Pretty much embodies the world and what the story’s about and look at her pose.
Done well, but I wanted more explanations.
Overall, a wonderful debut for anyone who loves science fiction and action.