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by Imogen Howson

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When Elissa learns her telepathic twin is the subject of government experiments, the girls find themselves on the run with secrets worth killing for in this futuristic, romantic thriller.

“Sparked with danger and tinged with romance, Linked is a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy” (Booklist, starred

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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Linked by Imogen Howson Book One of the Linked series Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Publication Date: June 11, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads):  Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.  Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.  Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.  Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.  What I Liked: I'm actually kicking myself for not reading this one sooner! It's a gem in the YA science fiction world! I did NOT know that this book was futuristic, and highly dystopian. I thought it was a contemporary read with science fiction elements. That was one of the reasons why I put this off for so long - because the summary didn't seem that interesting, and I had been reading way to many thriller contemporaries at the time. Well, I'm so glad that I eventually pulled this book up on my Kindle and started reading. I was actually in a car ride that was an hour long one way, so I had time. I was very surprised to find out within the first couple of chapters that this book is set in a futuristic society! Like, floating cars, space travel, all-electronic kind of futuristic. Like, The Jetsons, or Star Wars. I did not expect that! This fact immediately drew me in, and I began to read with enthusiasm. So, Elissa (GREAT name, if I may say so myself!) isn't normal. She sees horrible things - hallucination, the doctors say, and it prevents her from doing so many things in life, like concentrating on school, sleeping well, and so on. What she finally realizes is that she is seeing someone else's experiences. Elissa realizes this just days before the big surgery to end the catastrophe in her mind, but Elissa decides that she is going to find the girl and save her. Elissa finds the girl, and soon, they are on the run. They decide to leave their planet and go to another one, to hide Lin (Elissa's twin). They board Caden's ship. Caden is several years older than Elissa, and is the highly accomplished best friend of Elissa's older brother. Once, Elissa used to adore and look up to Caden - but that was before the hallucinations started - before Caden started acting pompous around her. So, the majority of the book is based in Caden's ship. Elissa doesn't trust Caden, and so she doesn't tell him the trust about her and Lin until it is too late - and then things start to get interesting. I found that while the beginning of the book, on Elissa's planet, was somewhat dull and boring, the rest of the book (the majority) was EXCELLENT. Fast-paced, interesting, and filled with heart-pounding goodness. The story is told in Elissa's point-of-view, and not once was I frustrated by Elissa or her thinking. She's a tough person, and she doesn't put up with much, especially from Lin. yet she's so protective of Lin, and even Caden, as she tries to keep Caden in the dark about their fugitive status. From the summary, I was wondering where the romance, if any, would come into play. As soon as we meet Caden (the first time he is introduced to characters is very quickly from the start of the book), and we see Elissa's negative thoughts about him, and her positive thoughts from their past, I had a feeling they would meet again in this book, and the romance would start there. While there were no (or very, very little) physically swoony scenes, I found the relationship between Caden and Elissa very sweet. They don't reconcile until the very end, and so for the duration of the book, they are at odds. BUT, there are so many small, subtle things that Ms. Howson put in the novel that made the romance so beautiful. And there is no love triangle! The ending is... WOW. So much happens at the very end - I could read it fast enough. As a novel, the ending wraps up very well, but you just know there is going to be at least one more book. And there another book! It's called Shattered. Woohoo! What I Did Not Like: Like I said before, I found Elissa's time on her planet (the very beginning of the book) sort of boring. I completely understand why the author did so much explaining and describing, and her world-building is amazing, but the time on the planet was boring. When Elissa and Lin were on the ship was much more interesting. I know I said that I loved the sweetness and beauty of Caden and Elissa's relationship, but I was hoping for a little more. Both are private, somewhat shy people, so I didn't really expect them to have more of a physical relationship, but I was left feeling like there should have been more between them, at the end. Perhaps in the next book, I can hope to see more. Would I Recommend It: YES! I know for me, I wasn't really interested in this book at all, based on the summary. But after actually reading the book, I'm hooked! Just jump in and read it! Don't worry about the summary. Rating: 4 stars. I honestly can't wait to read the next book!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Linked had a great pace that had me flipping pages, having to know what would happen next. The chapters ended with mini-cliffies and I never wanted to put it down. It is in 3rd person POV, but I didn't even notice until chapter eleven and this is from a 1st POV junkee.      Lissa, while physically weak and frail at the beginning, was mentally strong and a character that stood up for what was right. That made me really respect her and root for what choices she made because her heart was good and in the right place. I also connected with her because of being a bit of an outcast because of the medical issues. I deal with depression and have bad knees so I get in moods at times where I can't do things and that I am a bit reclusive so I understand what that feels like.      The world building in Linked was good. While it was space and futuristic, I understood the tech and the laws because of the good explanations, and ones that didn't feel like info dump back story.      Her parents were very involved at first, and then it was like they went crazy when she discovered some of the truths, but at least her dad made up for it.      The relationship and interactions between Lissa and Lin were great. It was so well written and realistic. That Lissa questions if Lin is the same, if her thoughts are normal, what her intentions are. And then the moments that bring them closer, Lissa's memories, seeing what Lin has been through, and the moments where there is genuine care and concern from Lin.     Some of the elements are hard to review because I don't want to spoil anything. But the plot twists were good, and caught me by surprise, but they all made sense within the story.      It focused on Lissa, character development, action and family and friendship for a good bit, so the love aspect didn't even really come into play until around the middle of the book. Although I sensed a possible development early on. I enjoyed where it went though.      The ending was great, and was at a good spot. Things were wrapped up and left a great place for the 2nd book to start.  Bottom Line: Great characters and world building, can't wait for the next one. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor Lin! I hope there are a few chapters from her point of view in the series because she deserves to share her thoughts as much as her twin does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whos writing smut in reviews
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
Elissa had so much promise until she started having horrible visions and getting mysterious bruises. She was scheduled for surgery to end these phantom pains but decided to escape instead, what she found was Lin, her twin sister that shared her visions and bruises. Oh my goodness, this one was so amazing! I adored this book so much! I probably would have done a full review on it, but I read it back during the summer and can only remember so much about it, so this mini-review is perfect! I did adore Howson’s writing style and I just loved the world that she created.  Every detail was so perfect. Elissa and Lin’s relationship was so amazing and fantastic, as was Elissa and Caden’s.  The ending just blew me away! And best of all? It continues into book #2 in the series, Unravel! I can’t wait!!!!!
terferj More than 1 year ago
I thought it was okay. Elissa lives in this futuristic planet...think the world of Futurama (I know there's better examples but I just watched it. Lol) For 3 years she's been not herself, she gets vivid dreams and mysterious bruises show up. They finally found a MD that can treat her but she finds out it's because of something entirely different. There's a girl that looks like her and they share a link. Lin explains what she is, a spare, and what she means to Elissa. They aren't safe there anymore on the planet so they convince to ride in the spacecraft Cadan (her brother's childhood friend) was driving. While on board they learned a lot about what's going on and what the spares are really used for. I thought it was an original story but I didn't like it more because I didn't like the characters most of the time. I had no bonding with them. There was moments I wanted to shake Elissa for be excessively mean and when she was be idiotic. Lin at times worried me with her mindset. She had no qualms with wanting to hurt people. Don't get me wrong but there was good parts and was a good read. I didn't care for the characters and to me that's a big part. Would I pick up anymore books on the series? Maybe.
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