Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On Shelves Now: THE UNQUIET by Mikaela Everett

464 p.
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Ages: 14 and up

In this complex, beautifully crafted debut novel, a teenage girl has been trained to kill—and replace—an alternate version of herself on a parallel Earth. A literary and futuristic novel for readers who enjoy thought-provoking stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe.

For as long as anyone can remember, there have been two Earths. Two versions of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their alternates 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 alternate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills her alternate at age fourteen and seamlessly steps into her life. Lira suspects she is not a good person. And she’s beginning to wonder if there’s more. More than endlessly following orders, more than living life in a holding pattern, waiting for a war that will destroy everything and everyone she has come to love. An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet will haunt you.

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