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ISBN13: 9780307931542
ISBN10: 0307931544
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The Hunger Games meets Matched in this thrilling high-concept YA where citizens must prove their worth by defeating the other version of themselves--their twin.

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.

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.

"Fans of the Divergent trilogy will want to read this imaginative tale that is reminiscent of William Golding's Lord of the Flies." --VOYA

"The textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie." --Publishers Weekly

"Clever suspense--here, stalking is a two-way street." --Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Stylish, frenetic, and violent, Chapman's debut is the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie. The star is West Grayer, the 15-year-old sole survivor of what was once a family of six. Her mother became collateral damage in a state-sanctioned assassination; her father committed suicide; two siblings were also assassination targets; and the third was another collateral victim. This is all fairly normal, because West lives in an assassination-based society where children are bred in pairs, but raised separately. When the state decides it's time — anywhere between ages 10 and 20 — the twins are notified, and a lethal game of hide-and-seek begins, with the winner awarded the privileges of living and breeding. It's how the state creates a defense-ready population. Parents scarcely object: one mother says to a targeted teen, 'his is not the time to be testing my patience,' as though imminent death were roughly on par with breaking curfew. The brutality is no worse than in The Hunger Games or dozens of other entertainment options, but the societal nonchalance that surrounds it makes for a dismal setting. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Includes 9 copies of Dualed (HC/978-0-307-93154-2)

Synopsis:

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.

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.

About the Author

ELSIE CHAPMAN grew up in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English literature. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children, where she writes to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time). Dualed is her first novel.

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cartercrabb, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by cartercrabb)

Imagine you spend the first ten years of your life in school learning how to kill people and then, one day, your eyes light up and suddenly you’re out on the street hunting down your Alt, a twin given birth and raised by another family.
Dualed, by Elsie Chapman, is the story of a dystopian future that puts you into the shoes of West Grayer, an “average” teenager that throws knives in her spare time. The book starts off in a diner where West’s best friend receives a contract to kill his alt. West and her brother tag along, and through a series of unfortunate events, her brother winds up dead. Later, West ends up becoming a stryker, an assassin for hire who receives a series of contracts. She is forced to hunt down her alt, leading to a deadly confrontation. This book is teeming with adventure, suspense, and action!
I would recommend this book for readers that like dystopian fiction and an amazing storyline in their books. The moment I laid my eyes on this book I knew this was the type of story I’ve been searching for to pique my interest. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop! The book is a rollercoaster of emotional twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book, and I guarantee you will love it as much as I did.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307931542
Author:
Chapman, Elsie
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20350101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
5.6 x 8.79 x 1.06 in 0.905 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 304 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780307931542 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Stylish, frenetic, and violent, Chapman's debut is the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie. The star is West Grayer, the 15-year-old sole survivor of what was once a family of six. Her mother became collateral damage in a state-sanctioned assassination; her father committed suicide; two siblings were also assassination targets; and the third was another collateral victim. This is all fairly normal, because West lives in an assassination-based society where children are bred in pairs, but raised separately. When the state decides it's time — anywhere between ages 10 and 20 — the twins are notified, and a lethal game of hide-and-seek begins, with the winner awarded the privileges of living and breeding. It's how the state creates a defense-ready population. Parents scarcely object: one mother says to a targeted teen, 'his is not the time to be testing my patience,' as though imminent death were roughly on par with breaking curfew. The brutality is no worse than in The Hunger Games or dozens of other entertainment options, but the societal nonchalance that surrounds it makes for a dismal setting. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Steven Chudney, the Chudney Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Includes 9 copies of Dualed (HC/978-0-307-93154-2)
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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.

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