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Review: Divided by Elsie Chapman

DividedTitle: Divided 

Author: Elsie Chapman

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Dualed (Book #2)

Publication Date: May 27, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0449812952 (Random House)

ISBN-13: 978-0449812952 (Random House)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.

Quick & Dirty: West thought she was done killing but the Board has other ideas…

Opening Sentence: “If you don’t watch my every move, you’re going to die,” I say to the girl at the end of my sword.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

West is done killing now that she is complete, but when the board summons her to a super secret meeting she can’t say no to, she is shocked when they ask her to make three more kills. Alts for Level 1 board members. In exchange, they will make sure that any children she has are born completes. They will never have to kill their alt. The problem is she is still haunted by the killing she has already done.

So West sets off to hunt down the Alts, but when someone gives her Rourke’s gun and lets her know that one shot in the eye wipes all the code giving the message that the other person is now complete without killing the Alt, she begins to give the Alts choices, but when her last kill sends her to a familiar face she knows there is something more going on, especially since this person isn’t an alt, he is a complete.

As West becomes the hunted and she is trying to figure out why the board wants this person dead, and why they have set her up for other murders.

Overall, this was much more satisfying than the first book, most of what happened in this book I assumed would have happened in first book. I still feel like it kind of failed to reach its full potential. In the first book, West is a killer and she kills who she needs to in order to prove her worth. I was hoping she would be like some kind of hero and find some kind of way to change the system. However, that really wasn’t addressed in the first book and ultimately it wasn’t really addressed in this book.

It almost wrapped up everything, but at the last minute it kind of ended in such a way that you would almost think a third book is coming. So that was disappointing for me. I really wanted it pull everything together and have some kind of solution. I mean it addressed the mysteries so to speak and everything kind of ended well, it just didn’t really fix or address the society issues about alts and killing.

It glossed over that and that is where it failed to reach it’s full potential, I think. When I started this series, I thought that was where it was going and it tapped in this book and then just walked away. So it was good, but not great.

Notable Scene:

My reflections are all around, and already ther’s too many others of me, Alt upon Alt. I sink into a crouch and wait. Let my breath out in a soundless streaming of air that fogs the mirror in front of me. The soft smear of condensation is the only thing that separates my reflection from the others, and I shiver.

Dualed Series:

1. Dualed

2. Divided

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FTC Advisory: Random House for Young Readers provided me with a copy of Divided. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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