Synopses & Reviews
When Clair's friend Libby receives a coded note promising Improvement—the chance to change your body any way you want—Clair thinks it's a hoax. Sure, the advanced technology of a d-mat booth will transport you anywhere instantly—from a small town in Maine to an abandoned research station in Switzerland—but can it really make you taller, stronger, and more beautiful? Despite Clair's skepticism, Libby is determined to give it a try.
What starts as Libby's dream turns into Clair's nightmare when Libby falls into 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 a 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 to which one girl will go to save her best friend.
“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)
“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
“Compelling...handily juggles ethical debates, swift action, and a well-developed setting.” The Horn Book
“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)
“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
M. T. Anderson meets Cory Doctorow in this thrilling science fiction series from #1 New York Times
bestseller Sean Williams. Action and danger fuel this near-future tale of technology, identity, and the lengths one girl will go to save her best friend. Now in paperback, with extras—including a never-before-published short story set in the Twinmaker universe!
When a coded note promises improvement—the chance to change your body any way you want, making it stronger, taller, more beautiful—Clair thinks its too good to be true, but her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try . . . only to fall 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.
About the Author
Sean Williams is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels for adults as well as the coauthor of the middle grade series Troubletwisters 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).