by Elsie Chapman


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The Hunger Games meets Matched in this high-concept thriller where citizens must prove their worth by defeating the other version of themselves—their twin.

Two of you exist. Only one will survive.

West Grayer is ready. She's trained for years to confront her Alternate, a twin raised by another family. Survival means a good job, marriage—life.

But then a tragic misstep leaves West questioning: Is she 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 herself, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Fast-paced and unpredictable, Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a chilling, unforgettable world.

Praise for Dualed:

"A gripping, thought-provoking thriller that keeps your heart racing and your palms sweaty. . . . 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

"Intense and swift, Dualed grabbed me by the throat and kept me turning pages all the way to the end. 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

"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: 9780307931559
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Dualed
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 642,971
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
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 @elsiechapman.

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I’ve buried nearly everyone I love.

That’s the thought that keeps crossing my mind as I sit in the restaurant, picking at the seam along my sleeve where it’s starting to wear thin. Beneath the overly bright lighting, the cheap black cotton of the jacket I usually wear to funerals is faded, gray, nubby with use.

Across the table from me, Luc’s staring blankly at the menu. His blacks aren’t looking too hot, either. The jacket is too small across the shoulders, stretched tight, his wrists popping out from beneath the cuffs. At seventeen, my brother’s taller than Aave was. By default I’m the tallest girl, since Ehm’s gone, too.

I toss my menu down. “I guess I’m just going to get the same thing I always do.”

Luc shakes his head in puzzled disgust, glances up at me. “Why do we keep coming here, again? The food sucks.”

“I think Aave kept making us come back? He always said Balthazar’s was one of his favorite restaurants in the Grid. And we just kind of . . . never stopped.”

“Yeah, probably. I swear the guy had a stomach lined with steel.”

I fiddle with the fork that’s lying next to my hand, wondering if any Alt has ever actually used one to complete an assignment. A last-­resort-­and-­being-­cornered kind of thing. Would a handful of pointy tines be enough to fend off death if you’re the one meant to survive?

“What do you think about your combat classes so far this year?” Luc’s voice breaks through the buzz of my thoughts, the clamor of the crowd seated around us.

“Well, I’m already counting down the days until weaponry. You don’t know how lucky you are to be in there already.”

“Hey, what’s wrong with combat?” Luc’s dark brown eyes are amused. “At least admit it’s not as bad as kinetics.”

The study of body and muscle movement, kinetics is the first level of the Alt Skills program, and it makes up year one in school. Learning how to fight effectively with your body is combat, years two and three—­though in a battle, given a choice between bare flesh and man-­made steel, I know which one I’d pick every single time. An Alt’s bullet travels fast, before you can even begin to think about calculating how to form a fist without breaking your bones. It’s not until weaponry that you learn the minute mechanics of aiming and firing a gun, the torque and spin of a blade, the balletic beauty of wielding a dagger.

“Okay, fine, nothing’s as bad as kinetics,” I say to Luc. “But it doesn’t change the fact that year two combat’s not much more than filler.” At fifteen, I’m just starting year three at Torth Prep. In Kersh’s citywide school curriculum, weaponry isn’t offered until years four and five. “Everyone knows weaponry is the only training class that isn’t a total waste of time.”

“Well, you’ve only got this one last year. Then you’re good to go.”

I pick up the dinner knife, let the muscles of my hand spin it into position.

“Relax, West,” Luc says, and gestures to the waitress headed in our direction. “You’re going to scare Bren.”

Slowly, I put the knife down.

“Two of my favorite customers,” Bren says to us, smiling. But I can see the sympathy in her eyes. “I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Was he sick?”

I look away, not caring if it’s rude. Whatever Luc tells her is up to him. All I know is I can’t say the words.

It seems like a very long time before he answers. “Yeah, he was sick, Bren.”

Close enough to the truth, I guess.

“Can I just get the chicken salad, please?” I ask abruptly. It’s late, way past dinnertime, and I don’t even know if I feel like eating. But we’re here, and I’ll do anything to keep her from asking more questions.

“Sure.” Bren flicks her eyes at me, uncertain. “You know it’s just the culled pigeon, right? Chicken’s reserved for completes.”

“Until when?”

“Oh, I’m not sure. You know how it is.”

“Sure, it’s fine,” I tell her. It has to be. Completes always get the best food. Idles like Luc and me are served the scraps, remnants, surplus. None of the good stuff until we’re completes, too.

“Just the cheeseburger,” Luc says to the waitress. “Thanks.”

“It won’t be too long.” She walks away.

“Wow, tasty,” I say to Luc. “You keep ordering that like you think it’s going to taste different each time. It’s not even meat; it’s straight filler.”

“It’s not filler. It’s . . . protein booster.”

I laugh for the first time all day. “Yeah, okay, tell your- self that. You’re probably going to sprout a third eye or something.”

“Hey, having a third eye when you go active could actually help—­”

A sharp crack in the air. It could be mistaken for the boom of thunder, or the sound of a car backfiring. But living where I live, I instantly recognize it.

Gunfire. And it’s close by.

“Completion of an assignment,” Luc says, looking past my shoulder and out the window, proving my instincts right. “Just across the street.”

Breath held, I turn to see the figures of the two Alts outside. Slightly rippled through the bulletproof glass and little more than blurred shadows beneath the hazy glow of the streetlamps, but their movements are familiar, a choreography of steps all citizens of Kersh have seen before. One Alt finally tumbles to the ground. The other crouches over him, checking for vitals. It hits me how their silhouettes could almost be mistaken for lovers’.

But they’re not. They’re Alts. Enemies from birth. And now one’s dead, which means the survivor has completed his assignment. He takes off down the road, leaving behind his childhood, a past life as easily shed as a prisoner’s jumpsuit.

Able to breathe again, I turn back to see Luc still staring out the window, his expression strange, not his own. Around us, the other diners begin talking and eating again. A waitress brings an order to a table in the corner.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book couldn't have been any better. At times i wanted to scream at West and at others i was crying for her. The plot i loved because it was so original. I knew from when i read the synopsis that Dualed would be a GREAT book, and it in no way failed my expectations. I loved the romance because it wasn't too much to take away from the plot, just the right amount ;). I highly recommend this book for ages 12 and up. I don't think the violence and death was too much, it was the perfect amount for all that was going on and i wouldn'thave expected less. Please read this book! It is amazing and sad in a way not many authors can pull off. Can't wait for Divided, the second in the series!!!
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
The summary for this story really caught my attention when it came out. Having to fight and kill your alternate in order to survive in this dystopian world is very "Hunger Games" and I knew it would make for an exciting story. And it did. The fighting in this story was very suspenseful, and the fact that West only has so much time to kill her own alternate before they both die amps up the suspense even more. West was an interesting character. From the start I felt she was mature, but she had residual elements of a stubborn, impulsive girl to her that she makes a terrible mistake that costs her dearly. The fact that she did it was impulsive and reckless, but it's the kind of mistake anyone would make. This made it even more sad when the inevitable outcome occurred. I understood her motivations for everything she did, and this made her such a real character for me, that I really did love her. The romance to this story wasn't really front and center. The majority of the book is spent in West's head, and rather than become boring to hear so much internalization, it was a very exciting book. The fighting alone really revved the story up, just when you thought things were getting a little stagnant. I felt like the romance appeared just when it needed to. Not too much, not too little. And I loved the guy! How he took care of her, even when she didn't know he was doing so, made me fall for him immediately. Chapman created a very suspenseful, exciting story here. It was inventive and exciting. The pacing was perfect, and I flew through the pages and the story so quickly. The ending surprised me a little bit because I know this is a series and will have a sequel, but I felt that the author wrapped things up so well, that this book could have been a standalone. I will definitely pick up the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. When I first started reading it I was thinking "this author is not using my usual writing style" but it surprised me. This is a book I would highly recommend  to readers both young and old (by old I mean my age, which is 28), it was a real thrill ride from beginning to end . I say this as a fellow reader and optimistic author. This was a book I would recommend again and  again.  This being said from a fan of the hunger games and divergent, and all dystopian fiction. I think this book was great, and I didn't bother to write reviews about the other 2 books as they didn't need it. I think anyone interested in dystopian fiction would appreciate and like this book as I did. Great start for a great author :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dystopian with a difference, a thoughtful yet fast-paced page turner that's sure to be a hit. There's a sequel coming too!
KaylaBeck More than 1 year ago
Fast-Paced Debut with Lots of Action In Dualed , we are brought into Kersh: a city-state in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has been left infertile. The Board - the governing body - somehow has managed to find a way to create/grow human clones in labs two at a time. Every set of twins (or Alts) are separated at birth (hatching?) and each baby is raised by a different family. They never meet until the time comes for them to hunt down and kill their clone upon their activation. You see, the Board teaches that the survival of Kersh depends upon the strength of its population, so only those who kill their Alts are worthy of living there. This world-building is interesting, but it left me hungering for more. It seemed like there were holes in the story and zip-aheads (you know, when you fast forward in time - roll with it) that confused me a bit. When it came to other aspects of the story, I could suspend disbelief enough to believe Kersh wanted to be a land of killers, but I wanted to read more about why the Board activated certain individuals when they did. I also wish there would have been more showing of the parents and how they dealt with the loss of one child, but having another walking around, genetically the same. The writing itself in Dualed was gripping, but I did have a bit of trouble connecting with the characters. West Grayer is a young girl surrounded by death and loss, and I think she is a fair representation of that. She is withdrawn and pushes away anyone who attempts to get close to or help her. I think this included me. However, West was fascinating to observe (I never felt like I was there with her like I do in many books), and I enjoyed her interactions with Chord. My favorite thing about her was the doubt she felt about being the worthy one, being as she was a hired assassin for other people's Alts. As for West's Alt, I wish I could have known her a little better. We were only given brief glimpses of her life, and mystery does not always translate to villainy. After it's all said and done, I have to applaud Elsie Chapman for Dualed . There were times that I was left scratching my head because of the pace, but I never felt the urge to put the book down. I think the strange and broken future world that saw kids killing kids on the streets kept my attention trained so completely upon it. I knew from a few chapters into the book that it may not be for me, but Chapman had me and wasn't going to let me go. And though I know that Dualed 's sequel, Divided , will be coming out next year, I found the ending to be completely satisfying. I'm a huge fan of Old School science fiction's open endings, but that's not the case with Dualed . I can't imagine that any readers will be left standing at the edge of a cliff begging for book 2 because of how it all wraps up. Then again, I just read the ARC, so there may be a huge twist at the end that I completely missed. Teen or adult reader alike, I think you should read the book for yourself. It's so fast and action-packed, it's likely you will forget that you are reading. 3.5/5 Stars *To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a digital eARC of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This kept my attention from start to finish!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
West Grayer is your average 15 year old girl - at least from where she is from. In this place, there are two versions of yourself - but only one of you will survive to your twenties. This story has so many twists - some sad but overall the story was amazing!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Review in list form: It was action packed Interesting plot, setting, characters Awesome plot Hint of romance Hint of self discovery Loved West She was awesome, smart, epic, cool Loved the complex story between her Chord Loved the beginning Loved the middle Loved the ending Loved the entire book Loved the plot Loved the idea of your 'Alt' and how only one of you can live Summary of book: There are two of you. You like the same. Have the same DNA. Live in the same society. Here's the catch, you and them, are you really that different? Well, you have to kill them in a month, or both of you die. You have to hunt them down, in your ENTIRE society, and kill them. In 30 days. Simple, right? Not really. Well, West Grayer is put to the test. Recommend: Anyone who loves action, suspense, adventure. Anyone who is debating to buy the book or not. READ IT The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I think 5 stars is Divergent, The 5th Wave, and Cinder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. I read it so I could recommend some new books to our middle school students while in the library. I loved it. Not since Legend have I found I book I could so easily recommend. It has some action and intense fighting scenes in it. It has a kick butt female as the main character. I loved how it was so different from anything else I have read. I really thought she was going to rebel against the system like so many other teen books. This book was started and finished in the same day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely something you should check out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a great premise: the characters are part of a genetically engineered population where everyone has a genetic double, or Alt. To become a full-fledged member of society, you must kill your Alt before your Alt kills you. This book is fast-paced and full of action, but the uneven character development makes it hard to ever truly lose yourself in the story. The main character, West, goes from grieving sister to hired assassin in the space of a few pages and it's hard to believe her immediate transformation. She makes some really questionable moves later on, too, which are obviously to keep the plot moving along and prolong the conflict between her and her Alt. Great idea, interesting characters, poor execution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storyline.  Wow
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jeneaw34 More than 1 year ago
  This is the first in the Dualed series, and after so long of wanting to read this, I got the chance and I did enjoy it. In a world that is as war, it is closed in, no way in or out. Each person has an Alt, a twin if you will, they are raised in different homes with different parents. The twist is that, there is a time when they will meet and only one will remain alive. These kids are trained to battle each other and the survival skills to go with it. Basically this whole thing just turns a lot of people into murderers, the question is how did this all begin and why.   West is the main character and I will admit that I had a little bit of a hard time connecting with her. She isn’t weak or whiny, but she isn’t overly strong. I felt that she was closed off when it came to her emotions all together, but I guess with the training she has, this is pretty much what she is supposed to be like. I did like the fact that she was going to keep herself alive no matter what she had to do, she grew on me. Chord on the other hand was one that I liked a lot more from the start, he was cute and smart and I liked that no matter how much West tried to push him away, he didn’t give up on her. It was clear that he cared for her and he had his own issues to work through making him seem more realistic to me.   The plots was fast paced, with the whole assassin thing and the constant fights, so there was nothing boring about it at all. The idea behind having an Alt of which at some point you have to kill and the DNA behind it all was pretty creative and frightening too. I mean, can you imagine having a twin that you have to kill or be killed. I wouldn’t want that at all. The romance was subtle which was okay with me. And overall, I did enjoy this, and I am ready to start the Divided now. Fans of dystopians will like this one.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Dualed was a good story with so much more potential. Just not enough action in my opinion. At times is was quite boring. It was a good enough story to make me want to finish is to find out if West Makes it, but not enough to want to read book 2 when it comes out this year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book to keep you wondering what is going to happen and what she is going to do next. I cannot wait for the sequal to come out. I would recomend it to anyone who enjoyed the Hunger Games or any book in simitarity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little hard to tell whats going on in the start but gets good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was great. Excellent plot and great excecution. definetely reccomend it!
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
My excitement for Dualed was hardly containable when I first found out the book was, you know, a book. I requested on Netgalley and, shocking, got denied. I was still a new blogger and my stats weren’t quite what they are today. Then I found out from Elsie that they were going to have copies of the book at NYCC12, and I knew that I had to go and I had to get one. And I did. I got one, and MAN am I glad that I did. While this book didn’t live up to my every expectation, I still really liked it despite reader friends telling me that it wasn’t up to par. I really loved the plot of this book. It was original and fresh and that is something that the book market needs. Clever books like this should happen more. I was reminded a bit of The Hunger Games the way that there are wealthier parts of town that have the money to access better training and Strikers, people that will kill your Alt for you. This being similar to how in THG, Districts One and Two would breed champions because they had more access to money. I liked the statement that this made about how wealth can seemingly buy you everything, almost. I wish that Chapman had gone a little more into detail about how the world got to being in this situation. There was a sort of cliffnotes version, but I’m hoping that book two will provide more details. What I liked least was West. I think that she is one of the chief reasons that people had a problem with the book. She seemed ambivalent towards her life and almost bipolar about everything. When we are first introduced to her, she is this hard, go get em type of girl, and then something tragic happens and she seems to give up on life. She seems almost robotic and like she doesn’t have any feelings. The one time I felt that she was a real person was at the end when she started to realize that she had made all of these mistakes and she started to panic about what type of an impact this was going to have on her fight to survive. I wanted her to survive, but she just seemed to be devoid of all emotion. I also wasn’t a fan of the side Striker plotline. I felt that it really came out of nowhere and that it sort of seemed out of character for her, but I don’t think that I can properly judge her character. She was all over the place with this Striker job which was cool, but at the same time, she was still a kid and that was a little unexpected. Her reasoning behind doing it was that it would help her train but I didn’t really see how it helped her in the battle against her Alt. I was also really confused that people didn’t acknowledge Strikers, but she never really seemed to hide that she was one. It was a little contradictory, but I rolled with it. I know it seems like I had a lot of complaints about this book, but in all honestly I really liked it. I liked that romance was not the central plot line for once, that sort of took a back seat to West’s fight for survival. I really liked Chord and how he wanted to help her out despite her attempts to push him away. I felt bad for both of them having to watch as their families were slowly destroyed by this “Alt” program. In fact, it reminded me a little of Sparta and how only the strong survived there too. I’m really looking forward to the next book in this series because while there wasn’t really a cliff hanger, there is very clearly more to the story.
HorseAnimeFreak More than 1 year ago
it was really good! ¿¿ Not the best but was still really good It reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games and like Divergent, but it was unique in its own way. It was fast-paced, unpredictable, suspenseful and it brought an some very unexpected romance into this chilling and unforgivable world Definitely an interesting book, but I still really liked it a LOT!!!!!!
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Some people have said that they thought that dualed was a rip off of the hunger games. And in some ways I can tell what they mean. But honestly I cannot agree with them. Dualed has similarities to the hunger game but the  romance is completely different. Both books captivate you in very different ways. You can't stop reading dualed once you start because West' story is so heartbreaking that you just have to know what happens to her. I have read  a LOT of books even just in the last year. But dualed is defiantly in the top 10. 
Jadestarz More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing-i highly recommend it!
NollieMarie More than 1 year ago
4.5 out of 5 Stars This book hit home. No I don't have a "twin" that's out there trying to kill me (although, I may kill my brother...still weighing that one out lol). But a lot of the issues that the heroine, West, had to go through were similar to ones I've battled with. This book takes place in the future where the population has became sterile (by accident after a vaccine was introduced.) So families who want to have children go to basically a lab where their child created from their gene. Of course, this future society is under attack from the outside, so these children as also breed to become soldiers. Thus this is when their Alt is created. Being an Alt is essentially twins just raised by separate families. And between the ages of 10 to 20, both Alts are "activated" and have 31 days to kill one another or else both are dead. Once one is dead, the other becomes completed which gives them the "right" to better things like food, clothing and education. West battles with her demons after watching her brother die in the hands of the hands of the Alt of Chord, their friend. She doesn't feel like she's worthy of being the surviving Alt and decided to become a Killer-for-hire in order to toughen herself up. This doesn't help her overcome her issues. Facing them head on does. Elsie Chapman does a brilliant job portraying the dark side of the psyche and how delicate it can be. I cried a few times and had to hide my e-reader to avoid bring up my own personal demons. I could relate to how West didn't feel worthy to survive and overcoming that negative image of herself. Chord, West's love interest, is often pushed aside, making West a more of a feminist than I think she really is. Over all this read would be great for those who love "The Hunger Games" or psychological thrillers. To this day, the end of chapter one still brings tears to my eyes. I did have some trouble keeping up with some of the finer details of the society that Elsie built for West, so I had to take half a star away though I LOVED the book in the end. I was and still am thrilled to hear that there will be a BOOK TWO to the series. I can't wait to see what that book will be about since it felt like "Dualed" could have been a great stand alone for Madame Elsie.