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Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Mar 14, 2012 geekgirl marked it as to-read
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship


~You will be presented three series of images and asked a question after each one.
~Briefly look over each image, do not worry about spoiler-ing yourself. But do worry about teasers.

There are no right or wrong answers, only different ways of perceiving.

This test will determine the level of the compatibility between you and Linkedand me.

First series-

Q1.Do you feel the urge to pepper spray it all?
a. Yes.
b. No.

Second series-

Q2.Are you scared?
a. W...more
1.5 stars

Not entirely sure what I was expecting from Linked, but a story with a science fiction edge, complete with shuttle travel and space combat, was not exactly high up on the anticipation list. That particular aspect caught me off-guard (and I do love being caught off-guard) but Linked, despite everything that is has going for it – and there is quite a bit, in fact – is very, very boring.

For a book about two seeming strangers connected via a mental link, one of which may have been unfairly...more
Jacqueline's Reads

4 Stars

I got to be honest… it’s been awhile since I’ve read a Sci-Fi Young Adult read. Not that I don’t like them, it’s just hard for me to find one that can keep my interest. However, I was very surprised on how much I enjoyed Linked

If you liked Across the Universe, then you will love Linked


Elissa has physical pains and doesn’t know where they come from. For three years, she has been seeing visions, getting bruises on her body and feeling pain. She has the looks and was once popular,...more
It's a bit nerve wracking when you pick up a book by someone you know. Actually really know. Are friends with. What if you don't like it? What if it's really awful?

Fortunately, this book is really good. Futuristic worlds, ethical issues, a little romance, some science, it's all tangled in there together, in a breathless adventure that charges along. I love the ideas, the imagery, the language. And (no pressure at all) I can't wait for the sequel.
What I thought was going to be a paranormal about twins who shared some sort of psychic link turned out to be a space opera, which was a nice surprise. I liked that Lin was flawed and she should be after the life she lived, but I also liked that she learned and grew as well. There were no super inventive ideas in this book, but I found it a compelling, easy read.

The book is set on a terraformed planet and there were several things about the world that I liked. There were the pod motels with the...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Very intense interesting story with some great twists.

Opening Sentence: As Elissa and her mother entered the waiting room, the sky above Central Canyon City was a chill, pre-dawn gray, the spaceport a colorless blaze on the horizon.

The Review:

Elissa would do anything to make her hallucinations so away. Elissa is a 17 year old girl and for about 3 years now she has been having vivid hallucinations that are painful and leave bruises all over h...more
Book Angel Emma
Review by Sarah - Year 8

This is by far the best book I have ever read. The genre of this book is thriller with elements of sci-fi and romance. We follow the story of a teenage girl who is suffering extreme nightmares and bears scars from them. We find out how these affect her life and how she resolves the terrible position she is in.

What first attracted me to this book were the intriguing front cover.

Elissa wakes each morning, having suffers terrible nightmares which she is physically scarred fr...more
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Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

Elissa's world for the past three years has been a nightmare. She's experienced horrific pain, random bruising all over her body, blackouts, nausea, and numerous other symptoms that have beat up her body and left her feeling close to death. Over the past three years, Elissa has seen doctor after doctor, and they finally found a cure: brain surgery. The doctors have guaranteed Elissa that this surgery will remove all of the symptoms she's...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
One of the biggest problems with any thriller set in a futuristic utopia is how the main character will be able to slip through the cracks. When everything is automated, when everyone is organized, where are the fringes that accommodate those on the run? When Elissa’s “illness” is revealed to be something more terrible than she ever imagined, the scope of this story expands from “teenage suburbia” to “the galaxy”, and it wasn’t until that change kicked in that I was really on board.

Elissa’s shel...more
This book was originally reviewed on The Book Hookup.

An ARC was received from Simon and Schuster but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: WOA!! That was crazy and I loved it!! Much of the setting was in outer space, but please, please, please don’t let that deter you. It was outstanding!

The Story: Elissa has been having hallucinations for years as well as bruises that mysteriously appear. No treatment has been successful so far so she finally consents to brain surgery. However, Eli...more
Tanja Voosen
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One of the biggest problems with any thriller set in a futuristic utopia is how the main character will be able to slip through the cracks. When everything is automated, when everyone is organized, where are the fringes that accomodate those on the run? When Elissa's "illness" is revealed to be something more terrible than she ever imagined, the scope of this story expands from "teenage suburbia" to "the galaxy".

Elissa's sheltered perspective made a lot of the mechanics in the opening chapters...more
I really enjoyed this book.I thought the whole outer space thing was cool. Living in different planets and the laws about only having two kids. If be chance the second child ends up being twins instead of one, they have to give a way the strong twin and keep the "normal" one. Plus twins are able to be linked to one another. Being able to see, hear and feel what the other twin is, that was pretty awesome. I thought that the bound between Elissa and Lin was unbreakable. Not letting the other suffe...more
Michelle Mags
Apr 10, 2013 Michelle Mags rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Picked up this book last night at midnight, finished it at midnight the following day - this is an intense page turner book. A book that the author, Imogen Howson, has creatively woven an original, enticing, spell-binding world that got me hooked from start to finish. The story is so beautifully written that I just want more more more of this richly crafted sci-fi world. From plot, to plot twist, to characters and the NONSTOP EPIC ACTION scenes will surely entertain the readers as much as it has...more
Demitria Lunetta
Recommended for fans of: YA Sci-fi

I love me some YA sci-fi, and this was had everything a geek girl like me could want! Futuristic? Check. Space ships? Check. Kick-ass heroine? Double Check. The world-building was fantastic, I loved the back-story that Howson wove throughout. The pacing was great, propelling you through the pages. I like how LINKED had not one, but two characters that grow throughout the story. The plot twists and turns will keep you hooked. I also like the bigger issues the boo...more
C.J. Flood
Such an exciting book. I was hooked from start to finish. Since putting it down, I have really missed Elissa and the world she inhabits. Desperate to read the sequel!
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Reads YA Like A Boss*
Review to come.
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The Story:
Howson's idea behind Linked was very interesting and had a lot of potential to create an exceptional book. It started off enjoyable and I was excited to be diving into the story. I wanted to know about Elissa's visions, nightmares and what was causing her physical harm. I wanted to know about her mysterious twin and why some entity was experimenting on her. What was the purpose behind all this? Sadly, after Linked took off...more
Imogene Howsen

My" in a nutshell" summary...

Visions, a twin sister you didn't know you had...and you both are on the run from the bad guys...yum!

My thoughts after reading this book...


Love Dystopian novels...this one is superb. Elissa lives on Sekoia...a technically advanced planet. It has a low crime rate. People are relatively content and happy. Elissa tries to be but she suffers from weird visions that leave her bruised and confused. She has rigid parents and a near perfect broth...more
I thought I knew what Linked was about before I started. I have ideas about Bourne and political thrillers, I thought the two main characters would be slumming it and trying to bring down a corrupt and mean government. I have seen it before and it is a format I like do I was looking forward to reading Linked. The moral of the story is not to assume you know what is going on before you do because this book took me somewhere I was not expecting to go. It took me to space…literally.

WOW, I was...more
Read on 21st June 2013 up until 10%.

The concept sounds really interesting (even though it's definitely nothing new) but it was so hard to get into Linked. It was really exhausting to keep focused on the story and it had nothing to do with the fact that I read this on my laptop. I've read quite a few ebooks on my laptop and while I did read my fair share of boring ones, I never felt so uninterested before. Maybe it's just my mood, I don't know, but I'm not curious to find out if Linked gets bette...more
The story itself was fine. I wasn't blown away by its inventiveness, originality, or any such thing, but it was OK. I did appreciate the authors attention to small details. How futuristic technology would translate into day to day lives. I thought that created a much more believable world, and as such, the story was better than it could have been.
I really enjoyed this book it was a very intense interesting story with some great twists. For full review visit Dark Faerie Tales:
This book had such great character building and world (/spaceship ;)) building! It was a fascinating premise, and I loved every second of the MC's character arc. It was so well done!
Emma Pass
LINKED is a wonderful book. The worldbuilding is exquisite, and I was totally gripped throughout. And the climactic scene… OMG! Can't wait for the sequel.
When I read the synopsis of this book I was REALLY hoping that Howson would take it somewhere good. The book I read before this could've been MUCH better than it was, so with this one I was worried.

Within the first few pages there is a comment made about someone who was caught with an illegal third child and that they hid the child for 6 years. Right then I thought to myself "Wow, I figured it out already. Elissa was born with a twin when she arleady had an older brother and it's illegal to have...more
I did like "Linked" by Imogen Howson. However, I gave the book a 3-star because I struggled at the beginning to really become immersed in the plot and to care about the characters. Despite the slow start, Howson turned things around for me about Chapter 5. From there on, I felt more invested and wanted to find out what the heck was going on with these characters and their unique situation. I won't give spoilers, but I will advise to stick with this book and give it a chance. By the halfway mark,...more
Started off slow, but turned out to be fantastic!
Review to come
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“Elissa cleared her throat. "I won't hate you," she said. "Whatever you do, I won't end up hating you." [...] "Whatever you do, it doesn't make a difference." Linked, pp 249 -250” 0 likes
“You didn't think to-" His voice jumped, anger sparking through it. "For G-d's sake, Elissa, have the decency to look at me! It didn't cross your mind to just ASK me for help?” 0 likes
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