Saturday, March 16, 2013

Blog Tour & Be The Worthy One: Dualed - Elise Chapman

Dualed (Dualed, #1)Dualed by Elise Chapman
Date Released: Febuary 26, 2013
Publisher: Random House Books

Pages: 304 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: Book sent from Randombuzzers for Ambuzzadors!
Rating: Liked It A Lot

Series: (Dualed #1)
Goodreads Synopsis:  You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.

From Goodreads

“Be the one, be worthy.”
Dauled by Elise Chapman was one of those lesser-known dystopians books compared to others like Divergent, Wither, and The Hunger Games and I had really high hopes for this one despite all the low ratings and review. After reading it, I really liked it a lot! Dualed was fast - paced, heart pounding, and a satisfying dystopian! Lots of people should know this book more! It had lots of potential for the next book to be even better *crosses fingers*
Most people usually pick up books for the tag lines on the cover or inside, by bloggers or publishers and this one was described as The Hunger Games meets Matched, was another factor that made me super excited to pick this one up! And to be honest I had pretty high expectations for this and it did deliver in most parts. West Grayer, a 15 year old girl, lives in Kersh. But her society is different. Before their 20th birthday, they have to kill their Alts or Alternatives. The Alts look exactly the same in appearance and you have to be the worthy one. The whole idea of fighting yourself was so cool, no doubt and it's something you either have to take as fresh and new or old and unexciting.
Elise Chapman wastes no time building her world since thew first page. I loved that how I read the whole book they way society was described flowed, and it wasn't an attack of a full on list of what goes on like other dystopians! One of the biggest problems I had was with West. She had loads of potential for an outstanding character but feel flat. You get a sense of her rebellious, out witted character but few chapters in she changes a lot and it was no flowing with my or with the storyline. And we get that "I want to safe the people I love but I'm afraid," then "This is too much.I risked a lot but for what."this was one of the biggest problems. I always wanted a little more characters that went with West on her journey than just Chord. West always makes it clear, like a lot of times, she doesn't want to cause pain to other people.
Overall, Dualed was full of promise in it's premise and fresh idea but fell flat on characterization and the main character. Dualed was also that type of book that describes a lot in action and if you skip or miss a page you forget what's going and it's a whirlwind of thoughts! I did happen to be so carefully read this! The writing is also skilled, smooth, and lyrical at times! Pick up Dualed soon!
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  1. Dualed certainly has one of the coolest premises I've heard in a while. And you are such a great choice as an Ambuzzador!

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