Review: Divided (Dualed #2) by Elsie Chapman

Divided (Dualed, #2)

I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not affect my review. Divided goes on sale May 27, 2014.

Synopsis from Good Reads:

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.

So. Hmm. Divided. I just don’t know. I mostly enjoyed the first book in this series and have been looking forward to reading this one, but I found it a little underwhelming.

It’s been awhile since I read Dualed, but I don’t remember it ending on a cliffhanger. West Grayer (I love that name) is an accomplished striker (assassin) and has defeated her alt and should be able to live her life in peace with her best friend/boyfriend, Chord. However, West is still dealing with the emotional fallout of her past sins. When she’s summoned to the Board, she’s offered a way to not only make up for her past, but to protect her future.

This is where things start to fall apart for me. West feels guilty not so much for killing people, but not knowing whether she killed the right alt or not. If she killed the more worthy alt then she’s put her city at risk by providing inferior soldiers to guard the barriers. The Board Operator wants to make a deal for her to work as a striker to kill the alts of Board children. He makes the case that they are the worthy alts and that it’s just an extra precaution for them to not actually face the challenge. West buys this logic, along with what he’s willing to offer her in exchange and sets out to relive her days as a striker.

There are some twists and turns while she’s fulfilling her contracts and we get a lot more background information about the city origins. Some of this I found interesting, but mostly I was just trying to get through it. The pace was pretty slow and a lot of parts that should have been exciting seemed a little anticlimactic. I just couldn’t get on board with West’s rationale and thought process through most the book and that hindered my enjoyment.

I can’t tell if this series is a duology or trilogy. I couldn’t find anything about a third book. While Divided wraps up some things, it still leaves a lot of loose ends and if this is the last book, I found the ending a little unsatisfying.

Overall, Divided was an ok read. I enjoyed the extra world building and the background information and the twist with West’s final contracted alt. I would’ve liked a little more character development of both West and Chord. If this is the final book, I would’ve liked more things wrapped up, but if there’s more to the series, I’ll read it to find out what happens.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 2
Characters: 3
Readability: 3
Enjoyability: 2.5
Overall Average: 2.625 stars

Monday’s Minutes

Welcome to my first Monday’s Minutes. It’s a (hopefully) weekly update about what I’m reading and what I’m planning on reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Dualed (Dualed, #1)

Dualed by Elsie Chapman is a dystopian novel where everyone has a genetically engineered alt. When your assignment is activated you have 31 days to kill or be killed. Only one alt is allowed to survive.

What I think so far:

It started off really strong, but after the first chapter the pace slowed way down. There’s still some intense moments, though. West, the main character, is fairly annoying through most of it, but she’s finally getting it together. I only have a few chapters left and I’m hoping it ends as well as it began.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

Mind Games by Kiersten White. Read a synopsis here. This was on my Recommended list on Good Reads and it finally became available at my library.

What are you reading?