Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
This week's pick is:
Dualed by Elsie Chapman
You or your Alt? Only one will survive.
"Dualed" is a thrilling high-concept YA where citizens must prove their worth by killing their Alts--twins raised by other families.
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. 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. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage--life. 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 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.
I missed out on this one on NetGalley but I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for more opportunities to win/snag/read it once February gets a bit closer!
This part of the synopsis alone really grabbed me, "...[S]he's no longer certain that she's the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future." We all screw up - in big ways, in small ways, even in minuscule little, every day ways. I don't know what I'd do if I lived in a world where I had to be sure, possibly all the time, that I was the best version of myself. That there wasn't another me out there doing things better.
And the thing is, I think we've all wondered that - it seems pretty much human to do so. That Elsie Chapman's taken the 'what if someone else could do this all better?' wondering and come up with that (*points at Dualed synopsis*)? Kind of blown away.
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.>
Summer's just stared and already something has me waiting on winter!
Out February 26th, 2013 from Random House - add on Goodreads, pre-order from Book Depo, or Amazon
What are you waiting on this week?