Reading Level: Young Adult
Publication: June 2013 from Simon and Schuster
Acquisition: I read this book free on PulseIt.com
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.(from Goodreads)
This book is good. Like, really good. Like I read it in one day and maybe slacked off at work a bit because I couldn't not read it good.
The first thing I love about Linked is that it's science fiction. An actual futuristic world without a looming dystopian plot hanging above it all. Real sci-fi in a young adult book! Love love love!
The second thing I love about Linked is the characters. They are all over the place personality wise but they are so freaken realistic. The way the act and react to their situations was awesome. Every character was whole - lots of insights without being weighted down by narrative - again? Love!
All this love and we haven't even gotten to the plot! Here's a little secret....I loved it too!
If the situations Elissa finds herself in aren't exciting enough - she's in space for most of them. Space!
In case you couldn't tell, I really freaken loved this book.
Standalone? Totally works. More to the series? I could live with that. Imogen Howson has created a world I would love to spend a long time getting lost in.
5 / 5 Stars
The Linked Series
#2 Shattered (2014)