June 14, 2014

Divided Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Divided blog tour being hosted by Random House Children's Books! Today I have my review of the book to share - and don't forget to enter to win a finished copy for yourself!

Divided (Dualed #2)
Author: Elsie Chapman
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopia
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers


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.

Divided is the action-packed second installment in the young adult dystopian series that continues to follow our heroine - West Grayer - as she tries to move on with a normal life after defeating her Alternate (Alt) in the first book. West decides that she's done being a killer for hire - but the Board won't let her go that easily. They convince her to take one last job - one where the target is too personal and brings back memories of her past. She knows the Board is lying to her and she has to uncover the truth before it's too late. What she finds will change her life forever. The question is this: just how far will either side go - the Board and West - to save the things most important to them?

I absolutely loved the first book in the series and I couldn't wait for this sequel to be released. I had high hopes and expectations for this book, and I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed. The story continued to be packed full of action, suspense, twists and turns, and tons of thrills. I got sucked back into the world the author created within the first paragraph and ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. I couldn't seem to tear myself away - I had to know what was going to happen next and what was really going on with the Board. The plot easily blends a wide variety of genres to create an original story with a fast pace that pulls the reader into the story alongside the characters. I loved watching West grow even more as a character in this book. She's come a long way from the teenage girl at the very beginning of the series - she's a lot more experienced and mature - and she's definitely seen and done more than most people ever would in their whole lives. She continues to be a fantastic heroine and I enjoyed watching her become more comfortable with herself and her role as a killer and with the Board. Along with the original dystopian setting and the realistic characters, the story was told with detailed imagery and vivid descriptions that made it easy for me to lose myself alongside West. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I can't say much more without giving anything away - so I'll just say that this one had me on the edge of my seat, reading as fast as I could to see what was going to happen. Now I have to wait the excruciatingly long time until the next book is released. Very highly recommended for fans of YA dystopia and science fiction, as well as those who enjoy a good thriller.

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 Vancouver 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). For more information, please visit Elsie at ElsieChapman.com. 
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Giveaway: I have (1) finished copy of Divided to give away thanks to the awesome people at Random House! Open to US only!


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