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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.
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By KLG on 02-08-17
The main character is insufferably whiny, constantly makes unbelievably stupid decisions (while admitting they are stupid), and the rest of the book is filled with endless descriptions of things I couldn't care less about. I finally gave up and started fast-forwarding when the author started yet another 5-10 minute description of a street or house or light on stairs.
Also, SPOILER, if you expect this to be a YA dystopian novel where the protagonist overthrows or fights a terrible system, SPOILER: that doesn't ever happen and the characters just go along with the system and even validate it.
Annoying book, I almost gave up and stopped listening, but kept listening just due to the hope that the character rise up ... disappointed.