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A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both.
In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he's worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he's learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he'll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires.
Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon's reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for somethingwashing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it's preparing to trade places.
And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he's going to have to face some hard truths about who he's become. Otherwise he'll be stuck in a digital hell until he's old and gray, and Emma and his parents won't even know he's gone.
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|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
As a freshman at the University of Colorado, N.K. TRAVER decided to pursue Information Technology because classmates said "no one could make a living" with an English degree. It wasn't too many years later Traver realized it didn't matter what the job paidnothing would ever be as fulfilling as writing. Programmer by day, writer by night, it was only a matter of time before the two overlapped. Duplicity is Traver's first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really liked this book! I don't think I've ever read any other cyber-thriller-type books, but this one sets a nice precedent! It was well-written, and fast-paced while still having enough details to keep me interested. I may be wrong, but I thought it also dropped a few hints at a second novel, and if I ever hear about one, I'll definitely take the time to read it. Note: I received this book for free from Goodreads Giveaways.
Whoa, what a thrill ride. I took off, and at first I didn’t know where I was headed, or who was leading me, but since a friend recommended this book, I had faith and enjoyed the ride. I was drawn into this unique techno world, of which I have little knowledge, at best. But this story wasn’t difficult to read. It just made me curious to read more. High school student Brandon Eriks is switched out of his life, for hacking crimes, and in his place body double, Obran, steps in. Obran will go to school in his place, get better grades, dress more upstanding, and hang out with Emma, the girl Brandon is quickly falling for. Obran was created by JENA, a highly sophisticated supercomputer that can do things that will scare you. Scared me. Brandon has been sentenced to 20 years inside of JENA. Where he will continue to program for the super computer, all his days, everyday, until the end of his day. But it’s not real, Brandon doesn’t sleep, only shuts down to meet the sleep time of his body double, who is ruining his life, and now pushing Emma away. He’s going mental with what’s happening, it’s about to push him over the edge. But he meets Seb inside, with his—or is it her, ever-changing Avatars, who may know a way out. He’ll have to hurry because now the supercomputer is threatening the only girl he’s ever cared about. I love this story. Fast paced, scary at times when Brandon meets with some of the challenges put to him by JENA. Yet, I found myself snickering throughout, because of Brendan’s humorous voice. And the ended left me encased in chill bump. Great YA read for those who like an energetic and fast-paced ride. Even if you aren’t into technothrillers—this was a lot of fun.
Riveting new book with an interesting twist in the middle. Good for readers who like to read about young adults and technology. Believable characters with a storyline and visuals made for the movies .
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. First off, let’s just get the blurb out of the way, shall we? Does it give somewhat of an idea of the storyline? Yes. After reading the book, however, do I think it says enough? Not really. (Not that that’s bad. I like not knowing what I’m reading about. Blurbs with spoilers make me sad!) There’s a whole lot more to the dual identity storyline than you think, and I’m sure most readers would agree that the direction it went was not expected in the slightest. The premise of Duplicity is basically Brandon and his dissatisfaction with his parents and his life. Things are going one way, and he is at the point where he can’t handle anything good because he’s not used to being around it. Enter the plot point that makes everything you thought you knew you were going to read about disappear, because whoa the storyline totally comes right outta left field. I liked it, I enjoyed being surprised by it, and even though some of the technical stuff went completely over my head, the concept and despair of being unable to do anything about the situation and the characters IN that situation was pretty cool. Also, I absolutely love the artistic concept of the cover, though it really doesn’t tell us much, either. (The black and white versus colored parts, however… I’m just realizing the tie-in with that. Smart!!!) Overall, I’d say Duplicity was a great, quick read, with more than one unexpected turn along the way. It’s in Brandon’s point-of-view, and N.K.’s storytelling, in my opinion, was great. I expect to see a sequel, N.K.!
I had the honor and pleasure of reading DUPLICITY before N.K. Traver received this book deal and was floored by the way the author is able to balance humor, suspense, cyber speak, and fully developed characters. The story takes twists and turns you won't see coming. You will fall in love with Brandon, the anti-hero who just can't get out of his own way, and Emma, the girl who may or may not be able (and willing) to help him. It will have you flipping pages and salivating for more. Cannot wait to have it in my hands!