ARC Review – Divided by Elise Chapman

13649079Title:  Divided

Author: Elise Chapman

Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything

Huge thank you to Random House BFYR and Netgalley for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

I’ve been mulling for days over what I want to say aboutDivided. Truthfully, I was simply ‘okay’ with Dualed and I found that while this book was better, I never found myself in love or into what I was reading. The world building still feels drab and confusing (but surprisingly much clearer than the previous book), the characters still feel one-note, but at least the story still had engaging parts… I just wish it had been engaging the full amount of time.

West is still aggravating, and while I get that she is not the best decision maker, I found myself grumbling many a times. I did appreciate that West was trying to redeem herself and that she didn’t want to be associated with being a murderer any more — but she really never catches a break. However, it’s a tad ridiculous how fast things move and the explanations often feel unclear as to where the plot is going or what is happening. 

I’m not going to lie, I was so proud of myself for remembering some of the abbreviations in this book because the first book was terrible at reminding the reader of what the abbreviations meant. I think Chapman took much more time to explain aspects of the story in this book better than she did in the previous and I love it when author’s attempt to create more clarity for the reader. Considering how vague her world building was previously, this book was much better considering she did a lot of re-establishing, but this also gave us more telling and not enough showing.

At the end of the day, this series is one I can see many teens gravitating towards because it has the right amount of action and a heroine who is pretty easy to cheer for. The other characters are not bad, I just didn’t find a lot of them as memorable as our plucky heroine. Still, I wanted more of this series, I wanted to stay engaged from start to finish and unfortunately, while this book is still inherently better than the first, I need more from it to keep coming back. That being said, I think Chapman’s writing greatly improved in this instalment and I’m still curious as to see where her next novel takes her.

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