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Blurb (From Goodreads):
For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she's beginning to suspect she is not a good person. Fans of eerily futuristic and beautifully crafted stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe will find themselves haunted by this unsettling debut.
The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates 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 duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.
An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet takes us deep inside the psyche of a strong teenage heroine struggling with what she has been raised to be and who she really is.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“There may be two versions of everything, but only one can stay. Only one reflection is real.”
This was an interesting of a YA sci-fi story, with a bit of a sad ending.
Lirael had a rough life in this story, not only was she thrust into a life that she didn’t want, but she was forced to kill, and forced to act like it didn’t bother her. Even having friends put her in a difficult position, to the point where being alone was her only defence.
“By the time they realise that our sleeper program is in effect, that we are coming to take over their world, it will be too late.”
The storyline in this was split into three; Lirael’s time at the cottage, her time as a sleeper, and the time when things changed. The story really was quite different between these three sections, and showed three very different times in Lirael’s life.
There was a little bit of romance in this, but only a very little bit.
“Close your eyes and pretend you’re somewhere else, okay?”
The ending to this was really sad, and I actually found myself crying. I found the pace of the story to be quite slow, but the emotional ending made up for it a bit, although I really wish things could have been different for Lirael.
7 out of 10.