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YA Novel "Dualed" by Elsie Chapman

Guest Review by Jay C. Spencer

Two of you exist. You and your Alt. 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.

Review of Elsie Chapman's "Dualed"  

I had been looking forward to reading "Dualed" for several months and, to my relief, Canadian author Elsie Chapman’s debut didn’t disappoint. "Dualed" had initially grabbed my interest just by its concept, kill or be killed by your Alt, but Elsie Chapman’s words easily kept me flipping my virtual pages with her intense description, and hair raising suspense. I actually found myself pausing several times while I was reading to ask myself the same questions the daring, but reluctant, main character West Grayer was struggling with;

What would I have done if I was being hunted by myself?

How far would I have gone if my life was on the line?

Would I fight, or flee? Would I kill, or be killed?

If the Young-Adult dystopian category has caught your eye, then I say, don’t hesitate to add this book to your to-be-read pile. Elsie Chapman has written a fast paced, violent and visually rich addition to the dystopian genre, and one that readers of The Hunger Games and Divergent will enjoy. This is one reader who will definitely be watching the clock until the sequel, "Divided", hits the shelves in 2014.

- Jay C. Spencer

"Dualed" Book Trailer



Elsie Chapman grew up in Prince George, BC, before graduating from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English Literature. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and two kids, where she writes to either movies on a loop or music turned up way too loud (and sometimes both at the same time). You can find out more about Elsie and her books by visiting her website elsiechapman.com and her blog Elsie Chapman author on Tumblr. Social media fans can follow @elsiechapman on Twitter, like the Elsie Chapman Facebook Page, and find Elsie Chapman on GoodReads.


Jay C. Spencer is a writer, Visual Art teacher, and music and book blogger. If not at the rink or on the court with his young kids, Jay would gladly talk to you about any genre or decade of music, and of course his favorite books. You can follow Jay on Twitter @SpencerToday and check out his personal blog Jay C. Spencer and All The Write Notes a blog about music and writing.


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