Monday, May 19, 2014

Divided (Dualed #2)

Divided (Dualed, #2)~About the Book~
  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Dualed
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449812952
 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 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 secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.

~My Impressions~

This book just really did not do it for me. I really wanted to like this book. The cover looks great and interesting and drew to me to it, but when it came time to actually read it I felt the whole thing was lacking. There was so much going on that I missed from the first book that I felt out of the loop.Plus the story line and plot did not add up for me. Maybe its an age thing and i expect to much and am left with too many unanswered questions that 12 and up audience would accept without question, but for me it did not work. I liked the idea of having to go and kill your other self to have to survive, but at the same time it kind of creeps me out.

There were some really great aspects to this book, a strong female lead who is determined, willful and goes after what she wants, despite mistakes she makes. There is a really good, simple romance that is right on target for this age group to appreciate. Along with a strong male character that shows both his strength and sensitivity through the story that boys can admire and look up to in that regard.  Overall there is  good character development and an attempt to push the plot along.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 2

Characters: 3.5
Readability: 2.5
Enjoyability: 3.0

Overall Average: 2.2stars

**On a side note, my teenage daughter, 14, read this book after me and she enjoyed it although she said parts made no sense to her, she would still recommend it. **

~About the Author~

ELSIE CHAPMAN grew up in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English literature. She lives in Tokyo, Japan with her husband and two children, where she writes to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time). DUALED is her first novel.
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