Tuesday, December 31, 2013

ARC Review: Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Title: Dualed by Elsie Chapman
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Action
Medium: ARC Paperback via Random House Publishers

Dualed by Elsie Chapman was a spectacular novel with pages packed with the best nail-biting action and suspense ever. It's a classic representation of a post-apocalyptic dystopian society, similar to Hunger Games in the way that it is action-packed and fierce, with a leading female protagonist, and a mix of endearing romance.

The plot was exceptional, original and interesting. You are instantly captivated by West's unique voice as she struggles to understand Kersh's system of murdering her twin, and as she struggles to find out if she really is the stronger, better twin (and if she deserves to live.) you are thrown into the unbelievable dystopian society in which you have one month to either kill your twin or be killed. For that month, you are in the life of tough West, who not only has to fight to survive, but also continue killing, as she takes the job of a striker, an assassin who tricks the system. Among risking her life, she must come to terms with the deaths of her entire family due to the system, and has to figure out her feelings for Chord, her brother's old friend.

The writing was great. It was simple and flowed flawlessly, full of several plot twists and unexpected turns. You are captured by a writing that refuses to let you go until the end. The mixture of an original, almost believable dystopian society and an unexpected romance makes for one of the most adventurous and action-packed models I have read this year. This novel quickly became a favorite of mine, and is definitely a series I will continue reading. I also need to touch on the fact that the last few chapters (especially the very last one) made for one of the absolute BEST endings ever. I was literally on the edge of my seat, flipping through the pages like wildfire. I swear, I was actually scared to finish reading, because I was scared what was going to happen to our main characters. Talk about suspenseful. Five stars.

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