I'm excited to welcome Elsie Chapman, author of Dualed to my blog!
How did you come up with the idea for Dualed?
Hi Erika! It was my son’s question that started it all. He asked me once if I thought it was possible we all had doubles out there and that maybe we simply didn’t know about them.
What was your favorite scene to write?
I really enjoyed the scene when West sees her Alt for the first time. As cheesy as it sounds, it was just this strong image I had in my head that I wanted to get down on paper before I forgot all the little details. I think what’s in the book today is still pretty true to that first draft.
Which character is most like you?
None of them, I don’t think. No one character, anyway. I’m sure bits and pieces of me are in most of the characters, though.
Click here to read my review of DualedYou or your Alt? 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.