Divided (Dualed Sequel)

Divided (Dualed Sequel)

by Elsie Chapman

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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.
Praise for Dualed:
“The kind of book Katniss Everdeen and Jason Bourne would devour.” —Andrew Fukuda, author of the Hunt series
“Full of unexpected turns. . . . Fans of the Divergent trilogy will want to read this imaginative tale.” —VOYA
“A fast ride from first to final pages, Dualed combines action and heart.” —Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink
Romance and action fans alike will love it.” —Elana Johnson, author of the Possession series
Stylish, frenetic, and violent . . . the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie.” —Publishers Weekly
“A double dose of intensity and danger in this riveting tale of survival, heartache, and love.” —Kasie West, author of Pivot Point
A fast-paced, wild ride of a book. This thought-provoking survival-of-the-fittest story will leave you breathless for more.” —Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy
Clever suspense—here, stalking is a two-way street.” —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449812976
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Dualed
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 437,358
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

ELSIE CHAPMAN is a Canadian living in Tokyo 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). Visit Elsie at elsiechapman.com and follow her on Twitter at @elsiechapman.

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Divided (Dualed Sequel) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
lprather66 More than 1 year ago
ARC provided via Netgalley in exchanged for an honest review. I have a confession to make. I did not read Dualed which is the first book in the Dualed series, but after reading the premise for Divided I knew I had to read it. This book was a little slow and confusing at the beginning. It didn't take long for the pace to pick up and the confusion to become clear. If you are a dystopian or sci-fi fan, then give this book a try. West Grayer was born in a world where everyone has an Alternate. Who deserves to live? You or your Alternate? It is a fight to the death. West has defeated her Alternate and is ready for a life without killing. The Board offers West something to good to pass up, but it will require her to kill again. This mission quickly becomes more than what West was prepared for. What is the Board hiding? Elise Chapman has created a fascinating world and an interesting cast of characters. West knows what it takes to be victorious and is willing to get the job done. She is a strong female lead who still struggles with some of the choices she has made. Those struggles make West a more likeable character rather than a stone cold killer. Despite the slow start , I really enjoyed this read. It had me on the edge of my seat anxiously wanting to how the story ends.
jeneaw34 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes being able to read the books in a series so close together has it’s benefits. No waiting to see what happens and remembering how it all ended before starting the sequel. This is one those cases. Especially that picks up right where we left of in book 1. West has defeated her Alt, but now has learned that Board is wanting her to do something for them. But why? And trusting them, is it something she can really do? West and her friends find themselves in some dangerous situations, making for a enthralling read.   West has come pretty far, and been through a lot and wants to have a normal life. The odds of that are kinda slim though but she pushes through. West became a great heroine. Chord is just as wonderful and how much he really does care for West shines through in his actions. Some of the secondary characters played more of a role and it was good to see them again.   The world in Kersh is touched upon a lot more this time around with all it’s inner working. Even though we do get a lot of information, some of the questions I had before were answered and more were raised. We get to learn more about the society itself too. The best part for me was the character growth from West, and with it the relationship growth between West and Chord was better for me. She didn’t push him away like before, and their little romantic encounters were sweet and I liked them so much better this time. The plot moves quickly, lots of action and more fighting and violence was more prevalent. The suspense alone kept me turning the pages, would West uncover the truth, what is store for her future now? It didn’t let up till the last page, and I was happy with the way this ended.   Divided was a fantastic sequel and duology ender. With it’s twists and turn, and West and Chord growing into amazing characters, fans of the Dualed will be pleased.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars '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. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I'm really liking this series! I love the concept, and the world Chapman created. Having a conflicted assassin adds depth and vulnerability to the story, and I enjoyed West's path to finding what works for her. I don't have any issues with the amount of violence in this series, but here's a little warning to those who don't like YA novels with violence; there is indeed some tense situations in this series where the characters need to make difficult decisions. I definitely look forward to the next book in the series, and I like the direction the story is going! This series is an excellent dystopian series! If you love dystopian, this series makes for an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need another book! I want to know what happens next!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first was awesome the second even better
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I was dying to read author Elsie Chapman’s Dualed when it was first released and have been waiting to read its sequel Divided. Dualed was nothing but action, romance and a thrilling pace set in a dystopian world where every child born has an Alt (a.k.a. a clone that they’ll have to kill at one point in the future to ensure their own survival). Based on how Divided was and how it ended I have had very high expectations for Divided and am pleased to say they were met. Divided holds onto pieces from Dualed while also introducing new elements of the plot and new characters. The stakes are raised and nothing for West Grayer will be the same. Divided takes place months after the events that occurred in Dualed and West has begun to get a handle on her life. She’s left her life as a killer and striker behind her and is prepared to move on up until the Board interferes. They offer West a deal she can’t refuse—salvation for her future with her boyfriend—but only if she goes and kills again. When West discovers her target as well as secrets that the Board has been doing their very best to keep hidden she will have to use every skill she has to come out victorious. The only thing for certain is that nothing will ever be the same. A problem that I have mostly with series that have unique premises in their first book is that the second tends to lose their charm. Dualed was all about badass West killing her Alt and now with her Alt gone what could happen in Divided? Obviously the novel won’t be about West killing her Alt so what could happen? I was a bit nervous that the novel would lose its action-packedness and that West wouldn’t be as badass but that wasn’t the case at all in Dualed. In Dualed we see all of the impacts that have been had on West from being a striker and how it’s changed her character. Who she was at the end of Dualed is an entirely different person than who she becomes by the end of Divided. There’s a lot of crucial character development in Divided that change not only West’s character but also change the entire world that’s been built up in Dualed. Apart from West’s character development there’s still a lot more action introduced into Divided to go alongside new characters, new weapons and a new imposing threat. The amount of action in comparison to Dualed is pretty equal but the scenes are all the more badass. Among the new characters that are introduced many are ‘ghosts’ from West’s past and play major roles in the plot twists and unexpected changes in the plot. Chapman’s writing in Divided flows easily. Her writing style makes the novel read smoothly and is consistently simple. My only problem with the writing was that during the romantic scenes between West and Chord felt very distant. Though his gestures and actions were sweet I didn’t feel as in love with Chord as I have with other male romantic interested in YA. Though the fighting scenes were written in a very descriptive way the romantic scenes were very lacking in that area. For example there was just a lot of ‘he kissed me’ without any emotional details or further detailing. Still I can’t wait to find out what happens to next to West and company. I’m hoping that the next novel in the series will be explosive and maintain this fast pace. I would recommend the Dualed novels to readers who are fans of action, strong female leads and to any readers who want a novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Happy reading!
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
a sequel to the dual series, very dark look at Utopian society. A small portion of the world found a way to separate from the rest of the world, but every Utopian society has its own problem. With limited land area, and intolerance of out side movement or interaction. They have decided that each person born would have an alternate, that they when given implementation have to fight to remain and survive in the society. West has survived her Alt, in Dual but now being a complete is not everything she desired. Although she has better food, better living, and the violence of being attacked by her Alt is passed. West has lost all her siblings to their Alts. Cord her lover and friend of her late brother finds ways to bi-pass the safety measures of their culture. West is approached by the Board, the governing party of her society, to break the rules for their children. If she accomplishes the mission, the Board promises that her children will not have an Alt, and life.  this is a great look at the controlling nature of Utopian societies, and how their ideals fall short of supporting all of their people.
UrbanGirlReview More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Dualed, so I was excited to see if Divided was just as entertaining as its predecessor and I was not disappointed.  Expanding the world of Kersh and the political strategies behind it, Elsie Chapman tells a riveting tale.  West Grayer acted more mature and grown up in Divided, making tough decisions and choices that ultimately defined her character.  The pace was slow to start, but picked up quickly with suspense and adventure.  Divided answered many questions that were left unanswered in the previous book, Dualed.  An example of answered questions was the history behind Kersh and why the world existed as it did.   I thoroughly enjoyed Divided and can't wait for the next installment.      Note: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Stuffed Full with Secrets and Scandals I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House BFYR for granting me the opportunity to read eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. <blockquote>The hunter becomes the hunted. . . . West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she&rsquo;s worthy of a future. She&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.</blockquote> In the sequel to <em>Dualed</em> , West Grayer does some emotional maturing, all the while struggling to reconcile her past with her present and future. For West had gone rouge, becoming a Striker to gain the skills she needed to survive when she became active and was pitted in a life and death battle with her Alt. And while those skills saved her life, she's feeling guilty in retrospect, having bought in to the propaganda the Board spews out about the Alt competition; the entire point of the Alts competing until only one remains is to eliminate those who would not be the best potential soldier should those from the Surround ever attack, as Kersh has limited supplies and must use them accordingly. She has taken a job as the Weaponry Assistant at her school, teaching with Baer, the person who led her to Dire and becoming a Striker. And she and Chord are spending more time together than apart. Plus she's seeing a therapist for the nightmares that haunt her. So altogether life is pretty good now that she's a complete. Silly West thinks that she is done being a Striker - she told Dire she was out and he agreed, though he wished she'd stay considering how good she'd become. However it seems the Board is not so willing to let her walk away from something they supposedly know nothing about. Bastian is a Level One operator for the Board, the top of the heap. And he's contracted West for three more Strikes in exchange for fixing it so that any future kids she has will not have Alts. West really doesn't want to do it, but he bullies her into it, including preying upon her guilt of possibly weakening Alt by being a Striker and therefore not necessarily allowing the worthiest person to survive. She has 24 hours for each 'contract' he will send to her directly. She thinks that he is doing this to protect Kersh and his kids, like any parent with the power would do. West negotiates for a prototype of a new weapon that kills painlessly if used correctly, which Bastian grudging yields to her, giving her only three pieces of ammunition for the gun, so she has to be perfect each time. Her first two hits go smoothly, but her third gives her the shock of her life. The third isn't an Alt, or an idle like the first two, he's a complete. So now she must protect him until she can figure out what the Board is up to, and the clock is ticking. She's going to need all the help she can get to survive this challenge. The energy and action is smooth and engaging in this sequel. Watching West begin to grow up and start making some smarter decisions is nice, but she still falls back into her old pattern of trying to do it all alone. And that means more lies told to Chord, the man she supposedly loves and trusts with her life. The thing that surprises me is how Chord keeps putting up with all of West's lies. She lied her way through book one, then swore she'd never Strike again. OK, so she meant it at the time, but when faced with an offer she couldn't refuse (both for her future kids and because the Board would likely kill her if she declined the offer since she knew too much at that point) she doesn't think to ask for help. She starts lying again. Sure she feels badly about it, but not enough to stop. Which is why I don't understand Chord staying with her knowing he can never trust if she's telling him the truth or not. It doesn't make sense to me, especially after all she put him through in the first book. But that issue aside, the ending of this book is jet-fueled action and suspense, and will keep you turning the pages to the very end. The quagmire of past and present colliding, as well as the answers to several mysteries being revealed will suck you in. And the final gauntlet that West, with the help of her friends, must pass through contains some truly compelling action scenes, with serious thinking on her toes if she wants to survive. Can West drop back into that cold place that makes her such a good Striker, and then stop herself in time? Will she be able to come back from the edge before she plunges to far over? And will there be anyone left in her life even if she can? The answers to these questions and more will be revealed in this book, but there is still enough material to head into a third book should Ms. Chapman decide to travel down that path, blazing a trail for the rest of us to follow. And follow we will if she does write a third book in this series.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from May 03 to 04, 2014 Book Info Kindle Edition, 304 pages Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers ASIN B00H12A0PA edition language English series Dualed #2 other editions (6) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&amp;N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Three started it all. One will end it. Full of surprising twists, the much-anticipated sequel to Dualed delivers a fierce punch as West's decisions kindle rebellion. &quot;We need you to kill again . . . .&quot; West Grayer should be safe. But the Board isn't through with her. Somehow they know her past as an assassin, and they offer her a deal that's almost too good to be true: safety for her future children and a clean slate if she kills one more time. It should be an easy job. Except West recognizes her target: It's her dead brother's Alt&mdash;hauntingly familiar and yet a stranger. Someone is lying. Now West must uncover a secret that the Board would kill to keep quiet. Goodreads Blurb  The hunter becomes the hunted. . . . West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she&rsquo;s worthy of a future. She&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything. My Thoughts Having only read the beginning excerpt from book 1 Dualed there is a lot of world building, character development and back story that I missed prior to reading Divided . A lot of this is covered quite well with intermittent flash backs, reminiscing by the characters and other avenues used to bring the reader up to speed as much as possible. You still miss quite a lot but I think that in the long run you get the gist of West Grayer&rsquo;s background and can fill in some blanks without reading the first book. Fifteen-year-old West is trying to leave behind her violent past and create a new future for herself with her boyfriend Chord. All of her plans come to a screeching halt the day she is contacted by a member of the Board and offered a deal that is too good to turn down. This is a dark tale at times, it reminds one of author Suzanne Collins Hunger Games as just like Katniss West is given very little choice and also like Katniss she manages to overcome obstacles put in her way without losing her soul in the process. Despite times of bleakness or perhaps because of it one becomes very invested in each development that leads West closer to the truth and also allows her to find a peaceful resolution to finally dealing with all the angst caused by actions in her past. Though this seems to be the end of the story line the book leaves one with the feeling that it could continue at some point, personally it would work either way for me as satisfied with the ways things turned out for West. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&quot;Divided&quot; by Elsie Chapman is book two of the Dualed series and picks up a few months after the end of book one. West is now a complete and seems to be moving on with her life. She has a loving relationship with Chord, a good job with Baer, and no one is trying to kill her. When a member of the Board approaches her and threatens all that she now holds dear, West must become a striker again. But at what cost? I loved this sequel! I so torn reading book one. I felt no empathy for West and at times found myself intensely disliking her. That changes in this book. A member of the Board asks West to become a striker again. She has just three targets, then he promises to do two things for her: remove her striker marks and make sure that any child she has is born without an Alt. How can she pass that up? Being a mother myself, I can tell you I would make the same decision she does. I would accept that job and kill three people, especially if it meant my son would never have to go through the horrors that West has. And without spoiling anything-because this book needs to experienced first-hand-West finds a way around the Board's request but still completes her task, that is till she reaches the last target. Let's just say the last target is already a complete and someone she recognizes, someone very close to her. At this point in the book, we see a turning point for West's character. Before this last strike, she relied in herself, lying to those she loved and cared for to protect them. Then this last strike makes her do a 180. She confides in not just Chord, but Dire and Baer as well. I thought the showed a strength and defining moment for her. The plot flowed quickly and I found myself unable to read it fast enough! Between the action and suspense of West being a striker again to her romantic encounters with Chord, the story flew by. There are quite a few answers in this book to questions that I had in the first, like how was Kersh founded, who started the Alt program. So if you've read book one and were like me (on the fence), I really believe that will change once you read this installment. Overall I really enjoyed this book! It had a little bit of everything I like in a young adult dystopian: a strong heroine/hero, a little romance (basically if there is a chance for Chord and West to kiss they do), lots of action, and some mystery/suspense. FYI though this book isn't as violent as book one, it still contains some pretty gruesome violence especially for a YA book. Other than that it's a pretty clean read. If you like a good YA dystopian, you should really go check this one out for yourself. ***I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
" its ok, little kit. I am no harm." Says a soft voice.
urbanczyk More than 1 year ago
As far as the story go it was great this book goes into the back story more and, really answered a lot of the questions that didn't get tell in the first book. The only reason that I gave it a low level is I only buy audio books and the company that made book it  couldn't get it right. The CDs that they made for this book and, the first one had bad spot on all over them. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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