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Divided (Dualed #2)

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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 reali
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Mar 24, 2015 karen rated it it was ok
call it a 2.5

ranganathan, don't fail me now!

so this might just be one of those YA books that doesn't make it into the crossover appeal basket. and that's fine - these books have an intended audience and i am way older than that audience and just because many books geared towards teens have gotten very sophisticated and challenging these days, it doesn't change the fact that they were written with a different age group in mind, one which is still rosy with youthful glow and able to accept certain
Courtney Wells
Better than the first book in numerous respects, especially in expanding on the world-building and premise. I had a love-hate relationship with the whiplash pace for conflict and plot twists because it did keep me guessing and really squeezed a lot of story into a book its size.

My issue - which may just be a personal preference - West subverts or side-steps problems almost as quickly as they're introduced, which diminished my satisfaction or ability to feel suspense for a tense situation. It al
May 09, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it
so...small confession. I was not a fan of book 1. I'm not sure, it just didn't seem to explain enough of the world or the reasons. So I started this one completely ready to hate it.


My issues with book one and the lack of explanation are FULLY covered in this one. World building, history explanation - everything.

Which left us, instead, with a kick butt Main character West. She's done striking and trying to get back to life. But the striking world just doesn't wa
Feb 19, 2014 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing
4.5 Read as digital ARC.

The Dualed/Divided world is a strange one, and Chapman deserves major credit for creating it in a way that actually makes sense once explained. This series is pure greatness. The action! The alts! The angst! All contained in this one city, the tension is high, and I am loving it. There are a lot of emotional elements at work here, and you'll no doubt end up asking yourself, "Would I be worthy? Would I be the one?" Among other questions. So good.
Jan 20, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This was a pretty good sequel. I didn't love the first book, but I did enjoy it. This one wasn't quite as enjoyable, it took a bit longer to get into, but again in ended up being another pretty fun, interesting story. Only giving this a 3 star rating due to how I don't feel too attached to the characters, and the ending felt rather mediocre, with no real resolution. However, it was enjoyable, and if there's ever a 3rd book, I'll most likely read it.
Received an advance ARC via Netgalley, the opinion in this review is of course my own.

Oh where to begin?

At first I really thought this book might get 1 maybe 2 stars, I felt it was slow and something just seemed off to me. Actually the more I thought about it the more I felt like the plot was about to be recycled from other stories.

Then the story got good, really good and I knew without a doubt I would be up pretty late reading the story.

Like the first book West was kinda on my nerves, but s
Jan 08, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Last week, I got an email from Netgalley informing me I had been pre-approved for the second book in the Dualed series by Elsie Chapman. I remembered reading the first book in the series and it not really being for me, but I decided to give Divided a shot anyway. I am so glad I did. All the problems I had with the first book have all but disappeared, leaving a suspenseful, exciting, thrilling story that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last.

In the first book, pacing
I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House BFYR for granting me the opportunity to read eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.

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 kill
Erin Arkin
Ahhh..this was so good!

Divided by Elsie Chapman is the second book in the Dualed series. It picks up shortly after the end of book one and I found myself yanked back into West’s world and I loved it! I though Chapman did a wonderful job of building out more of these characters as well as the world they live in.

West is now a weapons assistant to Baer at the high school and she helps with the student training. She is also in a relationship with Chord and trying to get on with her life. As part of
Leila Hays
May 15, 2014 Leila Hays rated it really liked it
Shelves: take-it, netgalley
Until about halfway through Divided, I definitely preferred Dualed and felt that it could have stood alone just fine, not as the first in a series. By the end of the book, however, Chapman added enough complexity to the story to make a series necessary given the nature of the young adult genre (keeping the books shorter and more easily digestible). And aren't these dystopian books always trilogies with past-tense titles (like Matched)? Score a million for publisher marketing departments.

But I di
Book Info
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
edition language English
series Dualed #2
other editions (6)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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Three started it all. One will end it.

Full of surprising twists, the much-anticipated sequel to Dualed delivers a fierce punch as West's decisions kindle rebellion.
"We need you to kill again . . . ."

West Grayer should be safe. But the Board isn
Deborah Morgan
Feb 09, 2014 Deborah Morgan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
A great conclusion to a entertaining new idea in sci-fi. Good work Ms. Chapman
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

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I’d actually decided not to read Elsie Chapman’s sequel to Dualed. Though I did enjoy Dualed (I was one of the few), I also was aware of its flaws and unsure whether I could overlook them again. However, Divided arrived unsolicited from YABC, for the very reason that I was one of the only people who read and liked the first book in the series. As such, I decided to give it a try. That turned out about as w
Jun 07, 2014 Liviania rated it really liked it
DIVIDED picks up several months after DUALED ends. West Grayer has moved on from her life as an assassin, and now teaches weaponry. But the government has discovered that she used to be a striker, and wants her to kill three teens to protect their children - and they offer her the motivation to go through with it.

I enjoyed DUALED, although I had some issues with it. The set up of the society made sense if I didn't think about it too long. Everyone is infertile, and born through genetic engineeri
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)
It was my great pleasure to receive another sequel to read and review thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children's. It was provided to me for an honest opinion and as I enjoyed the first book I was eager to read book 2.

Divided by Elsie Chapman is the sequel to the Dualed which I previously reviewed here. A dystopian series about a world protected from the Surround, the only catch to live in the safety you must prove yourself and be a killer. Each person is born with an Alt, an alternate th
Oct 02, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
IF you liked DUALED you will probably adore DIVIDED. The wordsmithing is better and there are all sorts of plot twists and non-stop action that make this a fun read. Really, there's some good writing here with eye opening revelations.

For more mature readers I need to warn you that both books will require you to read with blinders on and the Suspension O' Disbelief Meter set at full speed ahead. If you ignore my advice you'll likely lose the momentum of the story every time some plot hole opens u
Jen  (Today in Jen's Library)
Elsie Chapman, you have done it again with this sequel. It does not disappoint.

We return to the story of West Grayer, who now teaches weaponry at a local high school. She also attends the school. She is in a committed relationship with Chord, her dead brother's best friend. And they continue to live in a dystopian society where every person has an alternate, and when they are "activated" at some point during age 13-18, they must kill the other one. It is a society of assassins.

West was a "strike
“What if actually believing you’re the worthy one is the only difference between winning and losing?”

Former assassin turned weapons instructor West Grayer offers advice to her student, but soon realizes that she too must believe in her own abilities if she is to survive yet another life or death battle. Only this time, the outcome will affect more than just her own life and she cannot afford to lose.

In her second novel of the Dualed series, Divided, Canadian author Elsie Chapman takes readers on
May 22, 2014 Keyreads rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
More like 3.5

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

Divided is the second novel in the Dualed Series by Elsie Chapman. I won’t go into a full synopsis as this is the second book in the series, but think of Hunger Games set in a City and you get the idea.
I actually enjoyed the first book more than this one. The action in Dualed was nonstop and I couldn't put the book down. Divided started right where Dualed left off, but I found it a little boring.
May 06, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
I liked this book, better than the first one. It was well paced and I have come to really like the characters. Every now and then I felt a little lost, had a hard time grasping the sci-fi parts and trying to remember the lingo from the first book. But overall, a good read, though you really have to read them in order so be sure and start with Dualed.
Jillian Heise
Oct 20, 2014 Jillian Heise rated it really liked it
Just as suspenseful and action-packed as the first book, and none of the concerns with slower parts. I was sucked right back into this fast-paced story that had my heart pounding many times and was hard to put down. Divided jumps right back into the story with the aftermath of Dualed, and adds a twist to West's plans that has her questioning everything she thought was true. I enjoyed the larger roles of several of the secondary characters in this book as they all fight against time to solve a pr ...more
May 29, 2014 Krutula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books, dystopian
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
Lisa Tobleman
May 27, 2014 Lisa Tobleman rated it it was ok
Divided by Elsie Chapman is book two in her take on the Running Man, Kill or be Killed world of Kesh. Actually it also reminds me of the television series “Almost Human” with a huge technologically advanced inner City keeping the Outside away and their genetically modified citizens protected. In the interest of full disclosure, I did not read book one since this book was sent to me by Netgalley to read and review for the school library blog I help write. I did read a synopsis and so I was famili ...more
May 19, 2014 Cathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received and ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Divided by Elsie Chapman is the second book in the Dualed series. Since I haven’t read the first book I have no comparison between book 1 and book 2. I will admit at feeling like I was missing out on a lot of history by not having read book 1.

West who is now a Complete is a weapons assistant to Baer at the high school and helps with training. She is involved with Chord her brother Luc’s best friend. West is
Nov 01, 2015 pdbkwm rated it liked it
Considering how disappointed I was with Dualed, I'm surprised by how much better Divided long as you suspend your disbelief and just go with the flow. That's exactly what I did and found myself enjoying things.

It's still not perfect and the reader is left with even more questions by the end with no real resolution, which really sucks because Divided reads more like the second book in a trilogy and not the final book of a duology. Just when we got to the exciting bit, it ends.

There is st
May 20, 2014 Terisa rated it really liked it
Now that West has killed her Alt (twin that was raised b another family) she no longer has to kill. She stops being a striker which is a paid assassin and becomes an assistant in weaponry for Baer at her school. With the exception of her continued nightmares and the fact that she is under going counseling to help get rid of them, she and Chord have settled into a routine. They spend most of their time together but still live apart. She spreads time with friends again and life is pretty good. Unt ...more
Divided by Elsie Chapman is book two of the Dualed series and picks up a few months after the end of book one. West is now a complete and seems to be moving on with her life. She has a loving relationship with Chord, a good job with Baer, and no one is trying to kill her. When a member of the Board approaches her and threatens all that she now holds dear, West must become a striker again. But at what cost?

I loved this sequel! I so torn reading book one. I felt no empathy for West and at times fo
 Lianne Mei
May 26, 2014 Lianne Mei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received this ARC in exchange for an honest review via the publisher via Netgalley.

Mixed thoughts towards this book. I like how we got to know more about West and Chords relationship ( I wanted them to move into a house together) and how they felt now that they are completes but I wish that West had been more honest to Chord about what she was going through in the beginning rather than kept it a secret ( she does tell him eventually but it was kind of too late).I like Chord and in some ways I wa
Gina (My Precious Blog)
Book two picks up right where, the first book left off. West Grayer is now a complete. However, she's battling nightmares and her extreme guilt for being a striker and eliminating so many innocent people. Also, her alt is haunting her dreams. The story opens with West in the middle of a psychiatry appointment trying to talk out her problems. Chord, her boyfriend, is still a major part of this story. He cares deeply for her and is willing to look past all of her crimes in order to move forward wi ...more
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