on Nov. 8, 2013 :
This started with a bang. In the first pages, we get a relatable POV character in the form of Citrus: a slightly nerdy teenage girl who loves to read YA fantasy novels. We get the brisk pace that comes with being late to school. We get the shock of her arriving at her classroom door only to find that her doppelganger is already there!
Unfortunately, for me, the rest of the book did not live up the that early promise. The characters all seem to have interchangeable personalities; none of them are the least bit distinctive from each other. Not even Citrus, really. The brisk pace that initially worked would also have been good for the rest of the book if it had been done well. However, it just felt rushed and awkward. This is not a long book, and was made even shorter because I found myself skipping over vast swaths of Citrus' repetitive (and sometimes nonsensical) inner monologue. This inner monologue often consisted of a series of questions. "I felt so afraid. Would I be able to escape? Would I save my friends? Would I ever see so-and-so again? Would I make it to college? How could I think about college now when my life is at stake? I didn't know." There were these kinds of passages over and over, each one more tiresome than the last.
Not having read past the brief book description before deciding to dive into the entire book, I had no idea whether the doppelgangers would be an outside force like, say, aliens, or some kind of paranormal manifestation of Citrus' mental state. I was hoping for the latter, and got the former. Which was actually a blessing in disguise because I don't know how the author would have handled the former. This novel is just straight-forward YA sci-fi. Not terrible but nothing special. A few good elements, but overall just OK, and very much for a younger readership.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on Aug. 26, 2012 :
OMG it was a major cliff-hanger NOOooo!!
Citrus and Aedan found themselves in a very unusual position when they turned up at school one morning to find themselves, or rather their doubles, already in their class. The pair soon realise that something strange is happening in their town and their class mates are being kidnapped and replaced by doppelgangers. How they avoided being taken they don’t know but the race is on to find their friends before something awful happens to them.
This book had me turning the pages from start to finish, I was so curious as to what was happening and where these doppelgangers came from. I haven’t come across a storyline quite like this one before and found the whole thing totally unpredictable. Some of the scenes did drag on and feel a little irrelevant to the story slowing the pace in parts but the ‘need to know’ kept me hooked. One major twist had me really shocked, I did NOT see it coming!
When I was up to 90% (I read the kindle version) and we were at a fairly crucial point in the plot I was devastated to find the book ended and the last 10% was an excerpt from a totally different book…..How can you do this to me??? Book 2 is coming soon……..but when is soon?? I need to know…NOW!!!
Overall this was a very interesting read, it had humour, adventure, suspense and intrigue. It is a comfortable read with a natural voice and I enjoyed it.
Copy supplied for review.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)