Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2013 by Random House
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.
I can't do this review without spoilers so..
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!
Honestly, this book was a little disappointing. Don't get me wrong. It has action, lot of action, but there are so many things that were nonsense to me. I couldn't understand why some decisions were made. It was a matter of life and death. How can be that hard? First 50 pages were most about explanations of how the world was built, the things about your Alt and bla bla bla. Then it all comes too fast. There was the "unexpected" Hmm.. Ok. It was expected that West fight with her Alt at some time, but why did she kept running away? She had OPPORTUNITIES and she wasted them. There were other ironic things, like, that the government wanted to have the best warriors of the country, but, why did they kept activating children to fight each other? Why just didn't they expect for them to have, at least, take the course of fight and weaponry? I didn't swallow that!
END OF SPOILERS!!
I expected a dystopian book with fights against the government. Not just a girl who fights and becomes like everybody else. I didn't saw anything special on her. I ended up with this question: why? Why????????
Gave it two stars instead of one, because at the begining it was really exiting. It was like being on the top of a beautiful mountain, just to come in peek to the ground where there's no beauty at all. :(
I know it wasn't my cup of tea, but I'm sure many of you will enjoy this book. I just couldn't see nothing that hold my attention. So I would recommend it to anyone who likes dystopians.
*Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC*