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The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

Thursday, September 10, 2015
For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person.

The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.

An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet takes us deep inside the psyche of a strong teenage heroine struggling with what she has been raised to be and who she really is. Fans of eerily futuristic and beautifully crafted stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe will find themselves haunted by this unsettling debut.

Goodreads Summary

What if you knew that the actions that you are choosing in life aren't typically what your personality would have done. It would be scary knowing that in your heart, making this one choice would normally be going a different way. You can't help but do things "wrong" though and you don't know what is compelling you. In this story, humans are being cloned and one of these clones came out a little bit too self aware that something isn't right.

I love the idea behind this story. We have long been telling stories about clones, and their purposes have ranged from organ harvesting, to someone wanting another friend that they know will do things exactly the same way that they would. The characters are also so unbelievably well developed that they seem like you are interacting with something organic on the page in front of you. You feel what they feel, from their emotions, to the physical pains that they feel. This story seems so real at times, that it is unsettling and will bother you, but only in ways that will want you to see the resolution. This is a great book and you need to check out this thriller.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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