Series: Dualed #2
Published by Random House LLC Source: Netgalley
Genres: Young Adult
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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.
So I reviewed the first book in this series not to long ago, and as I mentioned before YA and I have a love/hate relationship, and I really want to like this series, for some reason the concept just seems so interesting to me, that it makes me really pull for this book to be a good one. But for me, the same issues I had with the first book stuck around for the second one, which really prevented me for falling in love with the book.
My biggest problem with this book is the world-building. As with any sci-fi or fantasy book good world-building can make or break a book. With it being a world that obviously doesn’t exist, I’m willing to suspend some of my disbeliefs as long as the world is well explained, but this one didn’t have all its ducks in a row and just got to a point where it became so unbelievable that it was hard to ignore. I was really hoping with this second book that the world building would be stronger, but it really wasn’t. There were just one too many “well that doesn’t make sense” moments in the book.
There are a couple of standard YA traits in this book that really work for this book, and I think will work for the typical YA reader. West is both a strong girl, but she is also flawed, which makes her more identifiable and likable in my opinion. There are some parts of her personality that are a bit contradictory which kept me from really liking her the way I would have liked to. She also comes off as a little bit too annoying in certain parts, but I could right that off as being a teenager.
The pacing did start off a bit slow, which wasn’t so much a problem in the first book, but after a couple of chapters it did pick up a bit. I have admit that by the end of the book I was a lot happier with where the characters stood then I was in the beginning, but I don’t want to go into to much detail because the book does end in a cliffhanger and I don’t want to ruin it for you.
I could easily see how this book would appeal to the average young adult reader, but if you prefer adult books and are looking for a crossover YA book, I’m not sure if this is the one for you. The concept is a cool one, and I think a lot of people will enjoy it, just isn’t the book for me.