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Publisher's Summary

Two of you exist.
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.
©2013 Elsie Chapman (P)2013 Listening Library
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1 out of 5 stars
By KLG on 02-08-17

Whiny protagonist!

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Snipe on 06-29-16


Elsie's book dualed was really worth it. Every chapter of the book builds very well towards the climax, and the connection between the reader to the Protagonist made me really want to start writing. So definitely a 5 star story.

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