Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Twinmaker by Sean Williams

Title: Twinmaker
Author: Sean Williams
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

High-stakes action combines with issues of friendship and body image in this timely and thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of technology and identity.

You can be Improved....

In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body—to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.

What starts as Libby’s dream turns into Clair’s nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious—but powerful—stranger called Q, Clair’s attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.

Action and danger fuel Sean Williams’ tale of technology, identity, and the lengths to which one girl will go to save her best friend.

Twinmaker is a very high tech dystopian action adventure.  Full of artificial intelligence, futuristic technology, and a way to make yourself better without any work  But everything comes at a cost, including this new "Improvement" that Libby, Clair's best friend, has decided to try.  This is the first step in Clair's journey into a dangerous conspiracy.

The book is full of action, it's almost non-stop, but it didn't ever quite get to the point where it was too overboard.  It kept the pages turning fast and easy.  The technology was introduced in a way that made it seem part of everyday life (which is was for our characters).  This is the technology that Clair must take on head to head to try and save Libby.

While the strange Q wasn't the main character, she was by far my favorite.  While I had figured out part of her secret early on, the author did a great job when it was time for her big reveal and made the wait to find her true story well worth it.  Clair was about as dynamic as they can get.  At times she seemed to be an entirely different person that what she started as.

I almost gave this book five stars.  Q was just a little too into everything and came to save the day against impossible odds a little too easily at times.  I would have liked to see them work a little harder for it sometimes.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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