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- By: Scott Westerfeld
- Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
- Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Frey and Rafi are inseparable.... two edges of the same knife. But Frey's very existence is a secret. Frey is Rafi’s twin sister - and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and the world has grown dangerous as the old order falls apart. So while Rafi was raised to be the perfect daughter, Frey has been taught to kill. Her only purpose is to protect her sister, to sacrifice herself for Rafi if she must.
- By Kristen Albert on 10-16-18
Introspective and Imaginative
I have long been a fan of Scott Westerfeld's writing. I love a good afternoon length book. His work is always equally fast paced and thought provoking. I've been excited to read this title since he started promoting it on social media.
It can be a struggle to find books with fully dimensional female characters, and I really loved the way the protagonist introspects throughout the story. She is interesting and relatable, and she has normal human flaws. I love the moments where she agonizes over people's reactions to something, only to have it be no big deal. It's also really refreshing to see a nonbinary character. Representation is important, especially in YA!
The narrator has a pleasant voice and does good voices for each character. Her French pronunciation was so bad that I could not understand her, luckily the protagonist also doesn't speak French so it doesn't take away from the story. There is also a moment where she completely botches the pronunciation of the word archipelago. 4/5
I went into it assuming it was going to be a standalone like Extras. I was, therefore, not expecting the abrupt ending. I eagerly await the next book. 5/5