Sunday, November 16, 2014

Linked by Imogen Howson Review

"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."

I'm not sure if it provokes you to think about "what it really means to be human," but I do know that it is a bit crazy. Though not crazy enough. Because everything comes together quite perfectly in the end. 

So crazy scale on one to ten? (Ten being craziest?) Seven. 

Anyway, I'm going to say that Linked is Sci-Fi. I can think of countless books like this, but it is intriguing it puts together special powers (similar to telepathy) and space. Now, I know that the book is a bit hard to read, because it does get a bit annoying with its dialect (or fictional dialect) and terminology. Honestly, I don't understand it either, but... I just...

Okay. I'll stop stalling. And start reviewing. (And thank you Pulseit for providing an awesome ecopy of this book!) 

Elissa is a 3D character. She is good, and she is quite easy to understand (though I sometimes do not like her narration). I have no problem with her ending up with that guy... But it is more of Lin (her twin sister) that concerns me. And seriously? This girl might be the biggest idiot in the field of Lin-sics. Because she seriously makes bad decisions when it comes to her twin. Then again... You can call it family.

Lin scares me. She is like a murderous robot. Like... An emotionless robot who cares for one thing and one thing only. I guess she does develop feelings, but she feels a bit... cold and empty. Totally 2D, though that may not be her fault. 

World building sucked. I'm going to say that upfront and straight out. It is terrible. Next time, please define the terminology! Sometimes, I don't understand everything! I prefer not to guess the meaning of some words that would suddenly become very important to the book. 

Don't get me started on the ending. Because in my opinion, there is no ending. There is just a cliffhanger... And it utterly fails.

Anyway, Linked is an okay book. There is a lot of room for improvement. The world building! The ending! The plot's good, though, but a bit slow in the beginning. Hmmm...

Rating: Two out of Five

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