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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  569 ratings  ·  146 reviews
For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person.

The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Greenwillow Books
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Actual rating : 1.5 stars (DNF at 46%)

Despite a promising premise, The Unquiet failed in its execution and left me literally unable to finish it. Trust me, that is not for a lack of trying.

► Am I bloody stupid?! That's what I asked myself countless times. There's only one thing I can say : YAY FOR THE BLURB! What? It did save me from understanding nothing during a long, long period of time. Indeed the elements of science fiction are barely explained at first, and each time I started to wrap my
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“There may be two versions of everything, but only one can stay. Only one reflection is real.”

This was an interesting of a YA sci-fi story, with a bit of a sad ending.

Lirael had a rough life in this story, not only was she thrust into a life that she didn’t want, but she was forced to kill, and forced to act like it didn’t bother her. Even having friends put her in a dif
Lindsay Cummings
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THE UNQUIET is a truly gorgeous, unsettling, (depressing in a good way) book. With lyrical writing and characters so deep and so well fleshed-out, their inner emotions spread across the pages---this is a killer debut. Different, for sure, but in the best way. so good.
Kirsty-Marie Jones
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm actually sad this is not a series, although, coudn't see where it would go after that ending, BUT I WANT MORE, OKAY?

IS IT BAD I’M ONLY NOW NOTICING THE COTTAGE ON THE COVER? Probably. The comparison to Never Let Me Go-which I haven’t read-so guess who’s out of her depth? Yes, Me-but now I do want to read it because The Unquiet was bloody brilliant.

The thing is though, you have got to like what the story is underneath, and the way the story is told, and by that I mean, The Unquiet is subt
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two Earths, parallel worlds, but one is collapsing and everything is beginning to disappear. Instead of waiting to disappear, the people of the unstable world come up with a plan to infiltrate the stable Earth with sleeper agents: children trained from a young age as soldiers to kill and live as their doubles on the stable Earth in secret until the war begins.

This is the story of one such little Nikita who struggles against the tattered remains of her humanity while she simultaneously
This one's for the weird ones, the teens whose brains sometimes tilt off-kilter, the people who occasionally wonder if we're not all characters in some sleeping giant's dream.

That's not what's happening in this book though. And I guess that's all I'll say, because for sure one of the creepy pleasures of this book is the gradual reveal of the truly unsettling reason Lirael, at the beginning of the book, lives in a barracks-like cottage with other teenagers, being trained to be ruthless, self-suff
3.5 stars

The Unquiet is an eerie and bold sci-fi/pseudo-dystopia that is a lot more concerned with introspection and the emotional impact of an invasion and war than with the action, romance and fast-paced adventure that becomes the priority in YA novels about alternative universes and the training of soliders/assassins. This novel is surprisingly poignant and touching, told in a very haunting and sensitive way that resonated strongly with me. In all honesty, I don't think I've ever read a YA no
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-sci-fi
In a world where two Earths exist side-by-side but only one can survive, teenaged orphans are being trained to infiltrate the lives of their doppelgangers and lay in wait to take over the Earth that’s surviving. Disturbing in the best way, teen readers will devour this creepy sci-fi world and the story of the girl who tries to survive within it.
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reminiscent of Never Let Me Go, but with more action and bad-assery. Stellar writing, and wonderful insights into the human condition. Disturbing in the best kind of way.
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
What a brutal and unflinching story that captivated me from the first page, almost lost me in the middle-ish but then really hit a home run to have me standing up and slow clapping for how everything played out. It’s not for the faint of heart with a character who gets blood on her hands and a mission that is basically slaughtering of people but I loved how we see her struggle with whether she wants to be who THEY have ordered to be or who she really is. I raced through this book to find out ult ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
The river is not the same thing as a tree. You cannot blame a river for your fear because a river never lies to you. Already, even before you approach it, it is dark. It has no bottom. If you want it to, it will even do you the very worst favor of your life.

Just like that river, my thoughts on this book are murky. I had such a difficult time reading the book, the characters(specifically the main character) seemed so distant and many of the transitions between chapters felt disjointed. There w
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I managed to snag an advanced readers copy of this book at the Alberta Library Conference and read it on the 9 1/2 hour drive home. I really enjoyed the premise of the book, and I think it's a very interesting plot with interesting characters. I would definitely recommend this for people who like dystopian teen fiction.
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss, read-2015
Mweh. I was never sucked into the story and I didn't care for the characters, but I did like the idea and I was interested enough to finish it.
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
I received an ARC copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 4.25

The Unquiet is a book that is like no other. Back when I can only count the fantasy/sci-fi books that I chose to read per year in one hand, the words "parallel universes" or "time travel" made me want to immediately read a book. Because of that, most of the fantasy/sci-fi books I've read are of those topics. And among those many books, I can say that this one is the most unique.

The Unquiet proves that o
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

A chilling and moving sci-fi thriller and one of the best novels, teen or adult, that I've read concerning parallel worlds. More raw and complex than any of the easy comparisons like Hunger Games or The Host.

Some light romance (just enough to be a little heart-breaking and add to the narrative, but not enough to annoy me), heart-stopping action, and the right kind of "world-building" for the parallel-Earth setting. The simple yet beautiful writing, emotion, and deep characterizatio
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Lirael is a sleeper agent trained to kill an alternate version of herself on a parallel Earth. The people on her Earth know something the duplicate Earth does not - that two versions of the same universe cannot exist at the same time. It's causing Lirael's wolrd to slowly disappear. But Lirael is beginning to have second thoughts about being a killer, and her decision will throw her future into jeopardy. For fans of Orphan Black and Fringe, this is a very Never Let Me Go-type story that is a gre ...more
Gail Nall
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc, 15ers
This was one great read. "Unsettling" is the best word I can think of to describe it -- everything from the tone to the characters to the plot. The author does an amazing job of exploring what it means to love and be loved. The main character is not entirely likable, but she isn't meant to be. Seeing her wrestle with her identity makes for a truly engaging read. I loved the sparse writing style, which is reminiscent of Veronica Roth, and is especially appropriate for this story. Just a really, r ...more
This was slow, and sad, and beautiful. I really liked it.
C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
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I'd forgotten about The Unquiet when it arrived in my mailbox. I won't forget again. It's a rare and sure to be divisive book. The plot is somewhat nonlinear. Much of the past is couched in memory, rather than experienced. Many scenes are viewed from a distance. But its power comes from its starkly beautiful writing and the rawness of its characters. The world of The Unquiet is brutal and absurd, a world where there are two Earths, each with a copy of the same people. But one E
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A haunting, provocative debut that shocked me in the best ways.

Opening Sentence: I have been a cottage girl for eight years now.

The Review:

There are two earths. They have always communicated; people talk with their alternates regularly. Until blood and smoke stain the sky. Until people start disappearing into thin air. Until the Silence begins and communications end. Only one earth is surviving while the other deprecates and dies. Lira’s world i
Saruuh Kelsey
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
((4.5 stars))

UPDATE: I posted a review on EW?? Apparently?? A full one? But I can't find it anywhere else. Weird.

UPDATE #2: My blog search was just being shitty and wouldn't find it. Thanks, Blogspot, now I have 2 reviews.


I liked this book from more or less the first page. It starts with a creepy child-assassin thriller that reminded me so much of Nikita, one of my favourite shows of all time. Kids from one earth are being trained to kill and replace their Alternates (from the other earth) f
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly complicated. Reminded me a fair amount of "Never Let Me Go". A few hiccups with characterizations (Sis acted years older than a 6-year-old should act) but otherwise, I highly recommend.

TERRIBLE cover, by the way. Can I cover it up with brown wrapping paper when I start recommending it?
Review of an eGalley courtesy of Edelweiss and the publisher.

A viscerally felt sci-fi novel similar in tone to Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go and Rosoff's How I Live Now. Aching, emotional conflict and a terribly dealt lot in life.
The Unquiet makes me thoroughly uncomfortable. Not the story itself, even though the things the main character goes through are terrible, but the ethic implications the book makes. In a covert way, The Unquiet condones genocide, and I cannot accept that.

But first, the story itself.

Lira grows up in the cottages. She is from Earth II, the version of earth that is slowly disappearing. She and other children are being trained as sleepers on a special mission on Earth I. Slowly, it becomes clear what
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The blurb for this book had me at “parallel Earth.” I’m a massive fan of books that deal with parallel worlds because I think it’s so interesting to see how the choices an individual makes can lead towards different paths and opportunities. Although The Unquiet didn’t meet a few of my expectations, I enjoyed it and thought it dealt with complex and important ethical issues regarding the value of life.

The Unquiet follows the story of Lirael, a young woman who has been trained as an assassin sinc
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4.5 stars

There have many books that I have marked DNF (did not finish). And yet, there are many books that I wanted to not finish - but continued reading because I wanted something to be at the end of that long, dark tunnel. I wanted my gut to be right and not fail me so I held on tightly, almost suffocating, in hopes it would turn out truly amazing.

Luckily, The Unquiet is one of those books.

I hate to say that I almost quit reading - several tim
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Lirael was taken as a child to be trained to eventually kill and replace her duplicate on a different Earth. The Sleepers are intent on being the ones not to disappear from the Earths, and she is one of the soldiers in their plan. But when Lira arrives at her new home, she will discover that not everything is what it seems, and sometimes being the perfect solider doesn’t equate to real happiness.

THE UNQUIET has one of the most unique premises and protagonists that I’ve ever read. I love how the
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I would very much like to know if the author's ever seen Another Earth(one of my all-time favorite movies). The Unquiet also shared a lot of similarities between Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. It basically took the best parts and morphed it into a melancholic story about orphaned clones/lookalikes turned into spies, two worlds, loneliness, death and redemption.

I enjoyed the book from start till the end. I don't want to reveal any more information about the story because Another Earth and Never Let
Nova Zaiden
I don't think I'm going to do a proper review for this book on my blog because there isn't a lot to say about. The reason I've DNF-ed is like everyone else's. I loved the beginning and then that's it. It's like the book didn't know where it was going anymore. The plot completely fizzled out. I also hate the main character. She was always like, "I'm emotionless and I'm a killer" but it sounded like a cat trying to be a lion. I understand trying to condition yourself to think like that but she did ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I am going to have to think on this some more before I can review it. Some parts I loved, some not so much.
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Mikaela Everett is the author of THE UNQUIET, published by Greenwillow/HarperCollins in fall 2015. She is currently working on her next novel.

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