Two of you exist.
Only one will survive.
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.
Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.
Elsie Chapman’s suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.
The concept of this book sounded amazing. The execution….was good. I’m not sure exactly why I didn’t love the book, but it was good. Anyways!
West has lost every member of her family; the only person she has left is family friend, Chord. After things go wrong during Chord’s completion (assignment), West realizes that she needs more training before her own assignment than she’s going to get in school, and a professor gives her a way to get that training. Only problem: the training comes from a very unconventional (and illegal) method. Upon beginning her new training, West receives notice that it is time for her own assignment.
Faced with having to complete training AND finish her own assignment, West pushes Chord away and sets out on her own. Hopefully she’ll find her Alt before her Alt finds her.
Overall, a good story, and if there is a part two, I’ll definitely pick it up!