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Dualed (Dualed #1)

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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
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Random House
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May 09, 2014 karen rated it liked it

i am so torn.

on the one hand - it is a book about twins (clones) where, by law, one must eventually kill the other, thereby leaving only one human instead of two, the way it should be (see shelf title). on the other hand, most of this "world" MAKES NO SENSE.

but how much does that matter, when you are reading a lightweight YA dysto-sci-fi novel?i have a tendency to shrug off inconsistencies depending on the answer to the following question:

is it fun??

well, yeah, it's pretty fun. but i'm not sure
Wendy Darling
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3.5 stars Every person in the city of Kersh has a genetic Alternate--but only one will survive! Dun dun dun. At the age of fifteen, West Grayer has just been notified of her Alt's location, and it's a race against the clock to find and eliminate her...before she herself is killed.

I really enjoy YA science fiction, so Dualed is right up my alley. Who wouldn't be intrigued by a concept like that? The blurb sold it to me, and I'm guessing it will hoo
Upon finishing Dualed, all I am overcome with is an overwhelming sense of complete and utter mediocrity. Running through my head last night, while reading, and ultimately finishing Dualed was a giant list of 'what-ifs' and 'should-haves' that, in my opinion, would have made reading Dualed a much more interesting experience. Should these issues have been addressed, Dualed could have easily been a four star read for me, but in the end, there are far too many holes in the world and the character de ...more
Dec 26, 2012 Kevin rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

You know that Grumpy Cat Meme that has been floating around the inter webs the last few weeks? Well if you have forgotten here is a friendly reminder of the true face of evil


That pretty much sums it up for me when it comes to Dualed.

It's one thing for an author to make their character a complete badass, it's a whole other thing when said character is utterly unlikable. West has got to be one of the worst main characters I have ever had the misfortune to of met. From the first cha
Dualed was one of my most anticipated books of this year, as soon as I saw the synopsis I was in. The book itself is entertaining, to say the least. I was easily kept on my toes during this story, it's just a shame to say that if you stop and think about it for a minute, there is quite a bit of empty space as far as the world building is concerned. The characters as well, left a little too much to be desired.

Dualed introduces us to a a world where they make it so for every person born, another w
Ash Wednesday

DNF at 44%

I feel like I'd have much better luck at enjoying a book written in Greek. Plot twist, just in case I inadvertently offend Greek literature lovers, I speak/understand no Greek.

This was so incomprehensible and unrelatable, I can't even fool myself to write a ranting review.

The problem with Dualed, aside from its irritating title (I just find it, personally, irritating, and think this could have come with a way better title) is that it just doesn't make sense. [SPOILERS] [TO AVOID SPOILERS, DO NOT READ FURTHER.] I can accept some very wild, crazy premises. Heck, one of my favorite series is about high society London in the 1800's being ruled over by werewolves and vampires. Crazy premise. But Gail Carriger pulls it off excellently. But here in Dualed, nothing actua ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
2.5 stars - I really thought I would love this book. To think somewhere in this world, there's an alternate version of you that grew up in a different home, had different friends, was a different person and only one of you will survive a showdown. And the first chapter had me hooked with West's grief over losing her family, her concern for Chord who just received his assignment, their playful banter and the tragedy that just broke my heart.

But that was as far as my loving it went. After that, th
Steph Sinclair
I had an ARC of this for a while, but never really got around to reading it. So when I say it on Overdrive, I went ahead and tried out an audiobook. This was the very first audiobook I’ve ever listened to and I was really impressed with the narration. The premise is what originally drew me to this one since the heroine is on a mission to kill her Alt, a girl who is just like her in every aspect. Unfortunately, the science doesn’t really make sense to me because I really don’t think genetics work ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it
You know, I think there are one or two sites on the Web where you're allowed to creep - and no, Facebook isn't one of them. (Believe me - I was totally freaked when one of my friend's younger sisters confessed that she's seen her sister look me up no less than five times to "see what I'm up to". Laugh at me all you want, but it's different when you're not the stalker. Trust me.)

NetGalley and GoodReads on the other hand...Go ahead. Knock yourself out. You can never have enough reading material. A
Oct 15, 2012 Ashelynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
Holy crap, I loved this book. I loved that Elsie Chapman knows how to weave an intricate action-packed story with just the right amount of romance. Since I’m a huge romance girl, you know Dualed was amazing for me to love the action more than the romance. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. A MUST read for the science fiction fans.


So, I read Dualed in June. June 2012. That’s a really long wait for the sequel, but the good news is: there isn’t a cliffhanger. Which makes me super happy becau
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

Dualed is a book that I wanted as soon as I heard the summary. When I saw that cover, which is practically perfect in every way, my desire for Dualed kicked into high gear. Thankfully, I was able to finagle myself an ARC, because I really wanted to be able to review it for Dystopian August. I was actually really afraid that this one was going to be a big disappointment, because, let's face it, there are a lot of those in the dystopian genre. Thankfully
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I recieved an e-ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you very much! : )

Well, it looks like the never-ending train of bad YA dystopians being published will continue onward into 2013. When I read The Hunger Games series back in the summer of 2010, I was completely enchanted, and was so happy at the outpour and demand for dystopians that quickly accompanied the release of the last book.

Then I rea
Courtney Wells
Great action and suspece brought down by a wishy-washy protagonist whose actions fail to match her priorities. West becomes unjustified and unlikable thanks to morally absurd decisions, cowardice and selfishness. I'd believe West is compromised by a post-traumatic stress disorder, which explains some of her decisions/behavior but never rationalized her well enough for me to sympathize with.

That said - the writing is talented and gripping, I just wish it told a story that was more sensible and e
Jun 25, 2014 Susana rated it liked it

More than a though cookie, this is a very strange cookie....from a dystopian perspective.

Truth is _for me _ this book crashed and burned as a dystopia. There's one two many lose ends, a very problematic use of science _that would probably leave other readers in fits of anger, lol _, and a very underdeveloped world building...

This was one of many books that never actually caught my interest during its release last year.

Of course I saw it being mentioned on GR's, but there's always books that wi
May 22, 2012 Jennifer marked it as to-read
A fight to the death against yourself?! But which self is the bad one? Interesting!
Oct 31, 2012 Ashley rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, requested, e-arc
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The first few chapters of this book blew me away. Like, blew my life to bits. The intensity, the devastation, the near-tears reaction, the morally questionable assassination... I got so wrapped up in the story and the kick-ass-ness that I think I lost my sanity for a while. Dualed turned me into a monster. I was only 25% done and I had already morphed into some sort of Gladiator Game spectator: demanding blood and screaming at West to kill people. I was some so
Dark Faerie Tales
Oct 05, 2012 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A society pits yourself vs. yourself to breed a city of fighters in a war no one really knows about.

Opening Sentence: I’ve buried nearly everyone I love.

The Review:

What would you do if you had to fight yourself to stay alive? Everyone in Kersh has a twin: an exact look-alike with the same mannerisms but grew up in a different home. Sometime when you’re 10 years old to 21 years old, you will be activated. The Board (government) will knock on
Dualed was a book that I was really looking forward to. That premise sounds really interesting, doesn't it? A battle to the death against yourself. A battle to find out which of you is truly worthy of a future within the safety of their society. The idea that you aren't the only you out there, that you might not be as good as your alternate, that you might not actually be worthy of surviving until adulthood, that the society you've lived in and grown up in might not want to waste any more resour ...more
4.5 stars

Kersh City is the last war-free zone in the world, but this world comes at a price.
Alts. Two identical children are born with two sets of parents. Each much raise their children to be the best killer.
Their Assignments are given between the ages of 10-20. You have 31 days to hunt down and kill your Alt before your Alt kills you. If neither one Completes by the 32nd day, you will both be terminated for your alternate code will self-detonate.
Only one can survive.
Kill or be killed.
Be the
Feb 11, 2013 Heidi rated it it was ok
Every once in a while a book comes along whose premise is so utterly captivating that you know you have to read it. You also know there’s a good chance it won’t work, but that ever so slim possibility that it will be amazing is what led me to Dualed. But I’m going to tell it to you strait people: this book makes no sense. You may really like it regardless, and I won’t blame you one bit–it has a lot of action, a fast pace, and is incredibly engrossing. But it makes no sense.

Dualed is a book that
Jaime Arkin
I saw this cover and read the summary and I knew I had to read this! Now that I'm done, I'm not even sure what to say about it.. I really really enjoyed it, but there is so much to say and I don't want to ruin it for anyone!

"To fight yourself and find a way to win is the greatest challenge for any soldier."

Imagine a world where between the ages of 10 - 20 you are in fear of having to prove your worth by killing someone that looks exactly like you. Alt's as they are referred to in the book a
Jan 09, 2014 Wealhtheow rated it did not like it
I am insulted that this book made it to print. It is so awful, so illogical, so meaningless, and so trite that I actually got angry reading it.

Basically, this city split apart from the rest of the world and is at war with it. Now, we see exactly one sign that this supposedly war-obsessed city is at war--a flame in the distance in the first chapter, and no one seems to be actually fighting this war, but I'm sure later books in this series (a whole goddamned series for this pile of muck!) will la
Ophelia Mercy
Feb 08, 2013 Ophelia Mercy rated it did not like it
Have you ever seen one of those Hollywood action movies with a bad plot, weak characters and some rather action packed scences that make you go, "woot". This is the best way to go about reviewing Dualed. I have made a pros and cons list for you all. Enjoy(better then the actual book.)

+The book is a quick read.
+The action is written out very well.
+West is a great heroine, in her own right.
+This list will end soon, as in now.

-West is just about as dimensinal as a slice of cheese. Her coh
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Decent, if not the most logical book I've ever read. Stalls a bit in the midsection, but concludes with a solid finale. I am kinda "ehhhh" about this novel - I will have to think on it a few days before I render a final verdict and review.
Oct 15, 2015 pdbkwm rated it it was ok
The synopsis reminds me of Marie Brennan's Doppelganger series. I loved that duology, so I hope this series is good too.'s not.

There are good points about this novel. There's a lot of action, it's fast paced, and I like how West isn't all that likeable. She's a bit stupid, but considering her environment it did make sense. If you live in a world where it's kill or be killed, then you'll obviously do your best to try to be a better killer. So when West becomes a striker (an assa
Sara Grochowski
Elsie Chapman's debut Dualed is one of the best dystopian novels I've read since The Hunger Games and Divergent. For me, it was the action, philosophical elements, and strong female heroine of Dualed that put it in the same league as these successful predecessors. In addition to these elements, Chapman offers readers an entirely new world and society to explore... and attempt to comprehend.

In West Grayer's world, every individual has an Alt: a genetic twin. Each twin in raised separately and gr
Michelle Madow
I gave this book five stars because while reading it, I literally couldn't put it down. I read until 2 in the morning, and then had to force myself to stop reading to go to sleep. Then the next day I read as often as possible until finishing the book. It's rare that a book creates that intense need to keep knowing MORE while reading, and Dualed has that quality. It was addicting. There were no parts that were boring. When read as a straight up thriller, it delivers.

BUT ... there were a few ques
Erin Bowman
This book has a killer premise: In the city of Kersh, every citizen has a genetic double–an Alt–who they will be tasked with killing in order to claim (and secure) their place within the safe haven. The assignment is initiated some time between the age of ten and twenty, after which the citizen has a thirty day window to find and eliminate their Alt.

West Granger is fifteen when she receives her assignment. She’s already lost most of her family, and is one tough cookie as a result. As she works t
Sep 01, 2013 Stefani rated it really liked it
This has to be one of my most highly anticipated book in months. I fell in love with the cover, I’m still in love with the cover. It is spectacular. I also loved the synopsis. The idea behind this book is one that I recognized could be either amazing or terrible, it all depended on execution. This was executed well. Some things probably could have been better but overall as a story I loved it.

The good:

West- She was a fantastic heroine. I found her to be smart, brave, loving, and normal. Unlike a
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