Monday, June 16, 2014

Divided ~ Elsie Chapman (earc) tour review [@elsiechapman @randomhousekids]

Divided (Dualed #2)
Random House Books for Young Readers
May 27, 2014
320 pages
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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.

Divided is a more than worthy follow-up to Divded. Once again we see West Grayer, a teenage girl who lives in the society where everyone must kill their Alternate if they wish to stay alive, forced with tough decisions.. The last member of her family alive, West is now a complete after killing her Alt -but it seems she's not done yet.

It is a true testament to how well West and the Dualed world are written that this main character - who killed people, may be going to again - is as sympathetic as she is. West is a character you can't help but feel for. From her pain at losing her family to her feelings for Chord, to how divided she feels at the Board's proposition, she is a very likable and relatable character. Even as she undertakes things we could never dream of.

I like her even more after Divided.

I loved how well imagined Kersh was in Dualed and had hoped we might see more of the society's workings in this second book. We do and it's fantastic. A world that was so well dreamed up and portrayed in Dualed got even better in this sequel. West's interactions with the Board give us more insight into how the Alternate system works and answers questions you didn't even know you had.

Everything that happened to West in Dualed (and before) is a part of her character, her actions and reactions in Divided. It's great to see the character growth from the beginning of the first book through the end of the second. There are not empty actions in the Dualed world and it makes everything that happens - big or small - that much more of interest. You know it's going to affect things, the only question is how.

A sequel that gives us a better glimpse into the characters, their lives and their pasts and a fuller view of the their world, Divided is a definite must read. I hope we aren't quite done with West and Chord just yet.

Either way, I cannot wait to read what's next from Elsie Chapman.

Rating: 9/10

thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my copy to review for this blog tour

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