This week’s New Series Alert post is a couple of hours late, since I am just returning from catching the late showing of Beautiful Creatures. More of that at the end, but first things first. With the many new releases this week, I was expecting a ton of new series listings. I have a grand total of…one. Yep, there is only one newbie for this week, a young adult release from Elsie Chapman. Dualed is the first book of her new series (also called Dualed).
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.
Now, just a quick (well, quick for me) word about the Beautiful Creatures movie. If I had to sum it up in just one word, that word would be…
I struggled at times with the books, since I found that they could drag endlessly and wander aimlessly on more than one occasion. I decided to give the movies a shot, supporting the genre and all that. And really, how bad could it be? Uh, yeah. Way melodramatic, overacted, bad music and cheesy. And I found there was just so much changed from the book that it only had a passing resemblance to the characters and plot I remember. I seriously thought about just leaving half-way through, and even though I didn’t hate it, I did find myself laughing at it and rolling my eyes more times than I care to admit. Oh well, I still have a good feeling about The Host, coming out at the end of March.