Dualed by Elsie Chapman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
There's so much in this book that just doesn't quite make sense: how do you have a population continually at risk of being collateral damage in a "completion" without an uprising? do you really expect readers to believe that all that killing and death (West alone has lost two brothers, a sister and both parents) doesn't seriously affect the social fabric, let alone everyone's mental state? And that going from "idle" to "alt" can happen virtually at any time up until age 20? What's the point? It's like the author took parts of her favorite dystopias and just put them into a blender without giving us any reason to really care about West, let alone Chord.
Sadly, this was promoted with the phrase "I know you're sick of dystopias but this one is different" - it is different, and the premise sounded even better, but that's where it ends.
ARC provided by publisher.