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 toI 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 questions I had while reading that I wished were answered.
1) I wish it had been clearer to me when West decided to become a striker why she made a decision. The decision was made early on, but I didn't feel like I understood why she made it until near the end of the book. I would have liked her thought process fleshed out a little bit more while she was making the decision.
2) We never discover the name of West's alt. I wish the alt had been humanized. As it was, the story was presented in a black and white way, to get the reader rooting for West to kill her alt. I wish the author had touched upon the difficulties of killing someone so similar to yourself, and this could have been done if the alt had been given a name/more of a personality.
3) I expected that West would converse with her alt, and the two of them would band together to bring down the system. At the end of the book, I was left wondering why this story was told about West, opposed to the tons of other citizens living in her city who also had to kill their alts. What makes West different? What has she done that was so much better than all the other completes in her city? As far as I could tell, there was nothing stand out about what she did that made her more deserving than others to be the protagonist in this story.
3a) If the story was told how I expected, with West and her alt joining forces, it would have been awesome if we had alternating points of view to humanize both of the alts.
Don't get me wrong -- I loved the story for what it was: A futuristic thriller. I couldn't focus on anything else while reading this book because I needed to know how it ended. It's a rare book that can do that, and I look forward to reading the sequel....more
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading Dark Eden. I ended up really enjoying it! The main character, Will Besting, goes to Fort Eden withI had no idea what to expect when I started reading Dark Eden. I ended up really enjoying it! The main character, Will Besting, goes to Fort Eden with six other teenagers who all suffer from different fears. Their fears all all extreme (I would consider them to be phobias), and apparently they can be "cured" at Fort Eden.
It's interesting discovering what each of the six kids fear, and why the fear began in the first place. I liked seeing the characters develop as the book continued. The book did start off a bit slower than I would have liked -- Will isolated himself a lot, which didn't provide much dialogue -- but this worked for the plot, and I understand why the author had to do that for the story to work. I liked how everything going on at Fort Eden was a huge master plan that we don't find out the reasons behind until the end.
And the end ... I really wasn't expecting it! I don't want to give anything away, but there's a big psychological twist that I loved, and the ending was cool. It was the type of ending that left me thinking about the book after I'd finished reading -- thinking about how far people will go to get what they want, despite the consequences.
I definitely recommend picking up Dark Eden when it comes out in November. There's also going to be an app that goes with the book (Or that you can use instead of reading? Not sure how it will work) so I'm curious to hear people's opinions of the app once it's released. ...more
I loved Variant so much! It's an awesome sci-fi/thriller YA, and fans of James Dashner and Michael Grant are going to love the first book in this newI loved Variant so much! It's an awesome sci-fi/thriller YA, and fans of James Dashner and Michael Grant are going to love the first book in this new series. When I saw that James Dashner blurbed this book, I knew I had to read it, and I'm so glad I did. I started reading yesterday afternoon, and finished before going to sleep. It was one of those books that I couldn't put down until I got to the end.
This book is one big sci-fi mystery waiting to be figured out. I kept trying to guess what was going on, but each time I thought I had it right, a new twist was thrown my way. And wow, the twist in the middle was just … wow. I don't want to give anything away, but I never saw it coming.
The main character, Benson Fisher, was likable and fantastically written. He's strong willed, and had a tough life before coming to Maxfield Academy. He doesn't let people in easily, and it's great seeing his relationships with other characters progress throughout the novel.
Then there was the ending. Oh my gosh, major cliffhanger! I wish the next book was out now so I could start reading it already, because I need to know what happens next!...more