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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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Sophie Lipset This book is set in the not so distant future. Humans fled Earth for some reason unknown, and settled on different planets. Sekoia, Elissa's home plan…moreThis book is set in the not so distant future. Humans fled Earth for some reason unknown, and settled on different planets. Sekoia, Elissa's home planet is the setting of the book. Bruce is her older brother who went to school at SFI, Sekoia's space force. She resents him because he's one of SFI's prodigies. I don't know if you met Lin yet, but she's just Elissa's twin sister. It is a little confusing at first, but keep reading. I really liked it and now I'm reading the sequel. :)(less)
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Mar 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: cover-watch
Okay, officially in love with this cover. Please join me in swooning.
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-

Feb 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-lust
Today, the chef serves a main dish of damsel in distress & clichéd romance novel hero, seasoned with futuristic nonsense and a side dish of silly sister in peril. For dessert, a huge dollop of instalove.

About the main dish:
it's a boring and tasteless heroine. As a main ingredient, definitely unpalatable.
The chef didn't do it any favors by cooking it with an insipid hero. Really, that's like offering ready-to-microwave lasagna in a restaurant. Those ready-to-go dishes taste all the same, be them
Jacqueline's Reads
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

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 po
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
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.
Dark Faerie Tales
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 her b
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Abida's Book Adventures
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 Linked, 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 ve
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Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nichole
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
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Elissa has had problems with life-like visions for years, but since she got her period things have gotten worse, now she not only has the visions, but also has pain and bruising to go with it.
Numerous doctors have tried to treat her but accomplished nothing, but now a new doctor wants to try brain surgery. Her parents have said yes, but Elissa isn’t sure she wants to go through with it.

When Elissa has another vision – one that seems real, she leave
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
Michelle Mags
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest-reviews
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
Demitria Lunetta
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Emma Pass
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
C.J. Flood
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
Reread on 5/31/15

So, I will be changing my rating because today I reread it. I will also be writing a review.

Rating: 3.7 stars.

Plot: It's definitely original and a little odd at times but overall I definitely enjoyed it. But, I had a hard time picturing the world which frustrated me because Sekoia (the world) is so complex. I also liked how we got a satisfying load of history behind the world(s).

Characters: I found our main character Elissa not to be a solid lead. Elissa's not my favorite chara
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
Oct 18, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: secret-readers
This sounds wicked good.
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, lucky13
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!
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book it was a very intense interesting story with some great twists. For full review visit Dark Faerie Tales: ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Started off slow, but turned out to be fantastic!
Review to come
Leah Alvord
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it

I wasn't actually in the mood to read this yet. When I started, Elissa's voice was more irritating than endearing and relatable. Then the action happened and kept hitting at me one intense moment after another, so that two days later I've finished the book.


Elissa Ivory has been living a psychotic hell for the past three years. Vomiting, dizziness, extreme pain and inexplicable bruises are amongst the symptoms she's been experience two or three times a week shortly after reaching puberty.
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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
“After a long moment, Cadan said, "What - what is it for?" His voice cracked as he spoke, and Stewart threw him an irritated look.
Lin made a little noise that would have sounded like a laugh if there had been any real mirth in it. "They didn't tell us THAT."
"And it-" Cadan swallowed, then continued.
"Lissa said it hurts?"
"Hurts?" Lin let her hair slide back over her neck, raised her head to look at him. "Yes, it hurts." Once again there was a sound like laughter in her voice, but with a note to it that made Elissa go cold.
-Linked, pp 265”
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