AUTHOR: SCOTT WESTERFELD • GENRE: YA SCIENCE FICTION : 400 • RRP: $19.99 • RELEASE DATE: 12th September 2018 • PUBLISHER: ALLEN & UNWIN
Frey was raised to take a bullet.
She’s the body double for her twin sister Rafia – the precious heir of the first family of Shreve – and her existence is a closely guarded secret. So while Rafi was schooled in poise and diplomacy, Frey was drilled in weapons and combat. Her purpose: to protect her sister from their tyrannical father’s many enemies.
When Frey is sent in Rafi’s place as collateral in a precarious business deal, she becomes the perfect impostor – as elegant and charming as her sister. But Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As layers of deceit peel away, can Frey become her own person, and risk everything in a rebellion?
This book is set in the same world as Westfelds UGLIES series. I haven’t read that series yet but I didn’t feel like I was essential. The author did a good job of building this world and making references to the other series, and not simply assuming that the reader knows already.
Frey is our lead character and she has a very tough life. She is a shadow. She is no one. She is a trained killer that has been forced into the role. Is she reluctant? No because she loves her sister and wants to protect her. She comes across as brave but as the story progresses you see more vulnerability slip in. I think that this coincides with her starting to form her own personality and feelings. It is easy to forget that while she may have trained to kill and fight, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she wants to.
On the flip side we have her twin Rafia. I worry about Rafia’s mental health. At the end of the book she appears quite unstable. It will be interesting to see how copes being out of the confines of her fathers eye.
Of course there is obligatory love interest for our heroine Frey and I must say that I am quite pleased with the authors choice. Col is a decent person who cares for his family and his people. I think he is actually worthy of the admiration from Frey. It will be interesting to see how their relationship progresses throughout the rest of the series.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕☕￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ 4/5 teacups
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Happy reading x