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.
[My Review with spoilers]
This is a dystopian book with an engaging plot that delves deeper into questions like “what wouldn’t you do to keep from being killed?” I just couldn’t put this book down! The author is good at walking the fine line between not enough and too much information.
Not surprisingly, my favorite character is Chord. In some ways he’s predictable but he also goes to shocking lengths to keep West from getting killed. Even though Chord disapproves of her job as an assassin and West continues to push him away, he refuses to give up on her and keeps helping her. As a family friend who is determined to keep a promise to her brother, he is one of the main reasons behind her victory. The fact that West and Chord finally end up together is just one more reason I love Chord!
West Grayer, on the other hand, is such a fluid changing character it’s hard to describe her. In order to hone her instincts and survive when pitted against her Alt, she decides to become a Striker – an assassin who kills other teenager’s Alts. In fact, one of the most ironic plot twists (in the book) is when her Alt hires a Striker without realising that West is more than capable of handling a boy who’s new to the job.
This book had a fresh interesting plot unlike any other I’ve read so far and so I would definitely recommend it – especially to fans of dystopian books.