Divided [Dualed, #2] by Elsie Chapman

Random House Publishing | Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
Young Adult | Science Fiction
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Book number two of this series has our West with a bounty on her head. Girl just can’t avoid trouble. With a deal she made with a member of the Board, she finds herself back on the streets on the hunt for three Alts whose counterparts were children of members of the Board themselves. Ah yes, the ole you should’ve known not to make deals with the devil. You know he’ll own your soul. In this case, however, our girl couldn’t find it in her to go back to her assassin ways. She just couldn’t kill them. Lucky for her, she’s given a weapon that could either kill them in the most painless way possible, or neutralize the system that tracks them as Alts. She managed to make the first two disappear, off the grid, if I may. The last one, though, is a different matter. Because as soon as she laid her eyes on him, she froze and realize, she couldn’t kill her brother Luc’s Alt. Things just kind of snowballed from there.

Short and sweet, this book was loads better than the first. Because I read them back-to-back, I sort of have a better understanding on the world that Ms. Chapman visualized.

“The Board decided the best way to weed out the weak was for soldiers to have to face down their worst enemies, those who would make the ultimate challenge. Themselves.”

This was more pronounced in the second book, as Alts, idles, originals, or what have you, seem to come to a head as West pissed off a whole slew of people. By the end of it all, it was a clusterfuck of epic fail for our West. Good intentions or not, she became the centre of all the conflicts in this book. Calamity Jane has nothing on West.

If there’s one thing I like about these books, it’s West’s Romeo (Chord). He is willing to overlook a lot for the sake of the girl he loves. I mean, he’s seen West pushed him away in the first book because she couldn’t stand to remember that it was Chord’s Alt who killed her brother. He’d seen her become a striker (killer for hire). And she’d lied to him over and over again. But this guy, man. He’s the real deal.

My two cents:

I insists that youΒ borrowΒ these books. I think the third one will be the best one yet, based on the way the second book ended. You will not be bored here, as it is non-stop cat and mouse action on every page.


  • Oooh, awesome to hear that a second book in the series is better than the first – those are definitely hard to come by but it seems like more and more authors are realising that they need to beat that second-book syndrome. Wonderful review Joy, it sounds like an ok series so I’ll probably take your advice and borrow the books

  • Yeah so I’m glad this one was better, and the idea behind it all was more pronounced. If this comes to audio on my library then I’ll likely give it a shot. I don’t know if I see myself ever reading this book though (unless the third one is amazing), knowing that there are so many other good books I still need to read.

  • Sabrinamk

    I had so many questions after the 1st book, but I thought maybe this one would be an improvement. However, I felt pretty much the same about this one: 2 stars for me. I decided not to review it. Maybe if I had read them back to back like you did.

  • starryeyedjen29

    I didn’t read the first one, even though I had it for review, so when I was offered a review copy of the second, I politely declined. The premise sounds great and all, and this one definitely sounds better than the first, but I still don’t think this series is for me. I’ll know for sure after the third book, though. ;0)

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I like the sound of improvement! I read like 70% of the first book before I had to return it and then I never picked it back up again. I’ll definitely be picking them both up again soon πŸ™‚

  • Great review! I think I’ll wait for the third book to come out and then read them all together. Some series are much better that way!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • I’m glad to see that you had a better time with this one. I’m curious to see if a book 3 will exist if it will be even better.

  • I remember having issues with the first but enjoying it overall. Glad this sequel was better for you and definitely excited to hear about the setup for the final book. Must read this soon! πŸ™‚

  • Great to hear that it was even better than the first.

  • Christy

    Well I glad you enjoyed this one more. I just can’t bring myself to read it. I looked over my notes of the 1st one after reading your review and remembered more of why it pissed me off. It seems West annoyed the ever loving hell out of me. lol.

  • I got to pick up the sequel Even though Dualed wasn’t as strong of a debut novel, I hope Divided is much stronger! Definitely checking this one out at the library πŸ™‚

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • Oh yay! I’m glad that this was an improvement over the first book. It does seem like the action would appeal to me. I take back that comment in your previous review about not reading this book. I will have to try it now. Also, I hope the third book blows you away! πŸ™‚
    Great review, Joy!

  • Amazing review Joy. <3 Ohh. Now you are making me regret not buying the sequel as well, lol πŸ™‚ I'm glad you liked it better than the first book πŸ˜€ That is a plus. And sigh. The boy sounds adorable. Just how I like them, lol. Not sure I can like the girl, though : Hmm. I'm not sure when I will read book one. One day, though, lol πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing. <3

  • Again, I am glad I haven’t started these. I may read them sometime in the future but I think based on your review for this one and the first one, I certainly won’t make them a priority.