Two of you exist. Only one will survive.
The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.
Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s 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 her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.
Elsie Chapman’s suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.
“Full of unexpected turns…Fans of the Divergent trilogy will want to read this imaginative tale that is reminiscent of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.” –VOYA
“Stylish, frenetic, and violent, Chapman’s debut is the textual equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino movie.”–Publishers Weekly
“Readers untroubled by brutal, compassion-free violence will find plenty to admire in Chapman’s gamer pacing, clever suspense–here, stalking is a two-way street–and fast-mounting body count.” –Kirkus Reviews
“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
“This thought-provoking survival-of-the-fittest story will leave you breathless for more.”—Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy
“A double dose of intensity and danger in this riveting tale of survival, heartache, and love.” —Kasie West, author of Pivot Point
“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
Random House Children’s Books, February 2013.
Available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, The Book Depository, IndieBound, Powell’s, iTunes (and more).
Random House Children’s Books, May 2014 ISBN 978-0-307-93155-9
Available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, The Book Depository, IndieBound, Powell’s (and more).
Also available as an audiobook and ebook.Check out DUALED’s book trailerhere, revealed exclusively on MTV.For an audiobook excerpt of DUALED, narrated by voice actress Alicyn Packard, click here.
Korean rights to: Bookscents, March 2015.
French rights to: Lumen/AC Media, March 2014
German rights to: Droemer Knaur, April 2013.
It's the birthday of the avant-garde composer Igor Stravinsky (1882), born in Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, Russia. His first major success as a composer was a ballet based on a Russian folk tale, called The Firebird (1909). It was wildly popular, and he traveled all over Europe to conduct it. He then got an idea for a ballet about a pagan ritual in which a virgin would be sacrificed to the gods of spring by dancing herself to death. Stravinsky composed the piece on a piano in a rented cottage, and a boy working outside his window kept shouting up at him that the chords were all wrong. When Stravinsky played part of the piece for director of the theater where it would be performed, the director asked, "How much longer will it go on like that?" Stravinsky replied, "To the end, my dear." He titled the piece The Rite of Spring. At its premiere in 1913 in Paris, the audience broke out into a riot when the music and dancing turned harsh and dissonant. The police came to calm the chaos, and Stravinsky left his seat in disgust, but the performance continued for 33 minutes and he became one of the most famous composers in the world.
-- The Writer's Almanac