Dualed by Elsie Chapman

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Random House Publishing | Hardcover, 290 pages
Publication Date: February 26th, 2013
Young Adult | Sci-Fi | Suspense
Rating 2 out of 5 Stars


The city of Kersh is the last vestige of peace; walled to keep their people in, and the Surrounders out. In an effort to control its genetically engineered population…fuck. I can’t even make sense of this. The more I sit here and think about the premise of this book, the more I realize how ridiculous it is.

I mean, tell me something: why in the heck would you create two of the same person only to let them duke it out until only one survives? Does that make sense? In this world, twinsies exist. These twins, however share the same DNA codes. I supposed they’re like clones. When they reach the ripe age of majority, they become active; meaning, they have to somehow weed out the weaker of the two clones. Kill or be killed. Once activated, they’re given 31 days to complete the task (assassinate their clones). If, at that time, they managed to avoid each other, something inside of them will detonate. Ergo, both of them will die.

Now listen, you and I both know that I’m a huge champion of all things unbelievable in fiction; but sometimes, it has to make sense. If you’re trying to control the population, why were you making two of the same person to begin with? Once the city is walled, you can almost predict to have that problem on the forefront.

This is the kind of world where violence and death is the norm. The people are not even scared of the government; they are scared of their own shadows. There is very little else that happened in this book; that is, besides the cat and mouse chase between West and her Alt. I also had a problem with her signing up as a cold-hearted assassin. She was soulless, guiltless, and a calculated killer. Though I understand what made her the person that she was, I didn’t understand why she had cold feet as soon as she saw her Alt. I mean, it’s what you trained for the whole time you were at school. It was your way of life. But West froze, and was overcome with guilt…or something. It was almost like the author’s way of dragging on the story for as long as she could. And let me tell you, it was very transparent.

My two cents:

You might be better off borrowing a copy from the library. While it boasts a unique premise, the conflicts and sub conflicts just didn’t make any sense.

 

 

 

  • I had a lot of problems with this first book. Mostly centered around the cold feet over killing her Alt, especially since she had no problem killing for hire. This whole book just didn’t make sense and I was bored/frustrated/puzzled for most of it. I wasn’t going to read Divided but i’m going to go check out your review since you gave it one more star.

  • I had snagged this on the edeal ages ago but you know i lost my fervor to read it and even more so now. I hate when that happens if a character is definitely a certain way but then has a huge shift in character that really just doesn’t make sense. Yeah …not feeling it.

  • The premise really does sound pretty unbelievable. What’s the point of making them fight against each other? So society is only composed of “strong” people? It’s kind of stupid… I may borrow it from the library just to make sense of it. Great review, Joy!

  • I have a friend who really loves this book and who convinced me to read it. I haven’t yet, but luckily I picked up my copy from the library. It really doesn’t make sense to control population by making two… Unless it’s a “we want the strongest people possible” kind of thing? That’s the only reason it’d make sense to me. I’ll go in with lowered expectations, though.

  • Yeah. I didn’t think this one sounded like the book for me. The premise, like you stated, really doesn’t make any sense, so what’s the point. I do like that cover, though. Oh, well. Hope your next book is better. Great review!

  • I was excited for this book last year, but all the mixed reviews completely put me off. I understand why you were unable to connect well to the story. I think I would too, especially since it seems like nothing important happened in the book. I’m sorry to hear this didn’t work for you, Joy! 🙁
    Needless to say, I’ll be staying away from it. Great review!

  • Christy

    Mmm-hmm, I hear ya. I think I gave this 2 stars too, and was probably being generous. I remember this book pissing me of several times. NEXT.

  • Ah yes this one… I confess I haven’t heard a lot of great things about it so I’m sorry it wasn’t for you…

  • Amazing review Joy. <3 Thank you for being honest. You are awesome. But aw. I'm sorry you didn't like this book : I still regret owning a copy, lol. I read a little of it ages ago, then I quit :p Just.. not for me either. Sigh. Maybe another time 🙂

  • I really liked the premises of this one but I definitely think I will be passing on it now. Too many other great books out there I can spend my time on instead. 😉

  • Great review Joy! I read Dualed a while back for being one of the Ambuzzador for Randombuzzers and I thought the book was okay. I like some scenes here and there. I agree with you about how the concept was weird and a bit disconnected.

    Happy Reading and it’s great commenting back!
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • Great review Joy! I read Dualed a while back for being one of the Ambuzzadora for Randombuzzers and I thought the book was okay. I like some scenes here and there. I agree with you about how the concept was weird and a bit disconnected.

    Happy Reading and it’s great commenting back!
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • Great point about making two and letting them kill one… wouldnt the remaining be injured and weaker too.