Dualed by Elsie Chapman

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.