Synopses & Reviews
You can be improved. . . .
Can you really change your body just by carrying around a coded note? Sure—the advanced technology of a d-mat booth will transport you anywhere instantly, but can it also make you taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.
What starts as Libby's dream turns into Clair's nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious—but powerful—stranger called Q, Clair's attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.
Action and danger fuel Sean Williams's near-future tale of technology, identity, and the lengths one girl will go to in order to save her best friend.
"Australian author Williams (coauthor of the Troubletwisters series) begins a science fiction trilogy set in a future where 'd-mat' technology, which allows for cheap teleportation and item replication, has created a seeming utopia of plenty. Seventeen-year-old Clair, like her friends, is always in search of something new and exciting. Then she and her friend Libby run across rumors of the Improvement process, which uses d-mat to illegally improve one's body. When Libby changes in surprising and terrifying ways, Clair is plunged into an ever-deepening web of conspiracy and danger and forced to go off the grid, guided by the entity only known as 'Q.' Eventually, she discovers the secret at the heart of her world, and what she does next could save society or destroy it. Williams spins a sprawling and complex tale, built on an impressively well-constructed premise and held together with intrigue and tension. While some of the story beats are predictable, Williams's exploration of technology and its implications fuels a fascinating story. Ages 13 up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“The dangers, casualties and well-written action scenes keep tensions high. Williams marries accessibly explored moral ramifications of future technologies-a hallmark of mature science fiction-with a strong, capable teen heroine and heart-pounding action.” Kirkus Reviews
“TWINMAKER took my breath away. A triumph of thrilling action and vivid imagination.” Alison Goodman, author of EON and EONA
“A mind-blowing adventure about what it means to be human, and what it means to find ourselves.” Scott Westerfeld, author of UGLIES and LEVIATHAN
“A gripping YA thriller, coming of age and love story that transports the reader to a future that looks a whole lot better than it really is ... Highly Recommended.” Garth Nix, author of the Old Kingdom series
“TWINMAKER asks smart questions without easy answers, and presents a future so simultaneously wonderful and terrible you can only believe in it. A thrilling, existential head trip worthy of my favorite anime, I couldnt stop reading this book. More importantly, I couldnt stop thinking about it.” Alaya Dawn Johnson, author of THE SUMMER PRINCE
“Compelling...handily juggles ethical debates, swift action, and a well-developed setting.” The Horn Book
“In the masterful hands of Williams, the technology, which has eerie parallels to contemporary life, provides a solid platform for great storytelling, and teens will revel in the drama, Clairs tenacity, and the memorable characters who discover that their utopia isnt all its cracked up to be.” Booklist (starred review)
“Williams spins a sprawling and complex tale, built on an impressively well-constructed premise and held together with intrigue and tension.” Publishers Weekly
“Give this one to teens who enjoy action-packed books such as Veronica Roths “Divergent” trilogy” School Library Journal
“Fast-paced” Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
M. T. Anderson meets Cory Doctorow in this teen debut from #1 New York Times
bestseller Sean Williams, who also coauthors the Troubletwisters series with Garth Nix.
When a coded note promises improvement—the chance to change your body any way you want, making it stronger, taller, more beautiful—Clair thinks it's too good to be true, but her best friend, Libby, falls into a deadly trap.
With the help of the school freak and a mysterious stranger, Clair races against the clock and around the world to save Libby, even as every step draws her deeper into a deadly world of cover-ups and conspiracies.
Action and danger fuel this near-future tale of technology, identity, and the lengths one girl will go to save her best friend.
About the Author
Sean Williams is a #1 New York Times bestselling writer for adults and the author of Twinmaker and Crashland, as well as coauthor of the Troubletwisters series with Garth Nix. As a resident of South Australia—which he reports is a lovely place a long way away from the rest of the world—Sean has often dreamed of stepping into a booth and being somewhere else, instantly. This has led to a fascination with the social, psychological, and moral implications of such technology. When not pondering such weighty matters, Sean can generally be found eating chocolate (actually, he eats chocolate when pondering these matters, too).