A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both.In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires.
Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something—washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places.
And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and no one will even know he’s gone.
Huffington Post lists N.K. Traver’s Duplicity as part of one of the great YA book trends to look for in 2015!
When I requested Duplicity from my amazing contact at St. Martin’s Press, I must admit that I never imagined the book was going to be such a heart-stopper. From the moment that I picked up Duplicity, I was hooked and literally didn’t put it down until it was finished. I am writing this review immediately after reading it, and I must admit- my heart is still racing.
Before I started reading Duplicity, I wasn’t quite sure what type of book it was going to be. I knew that there was some technology and some doppelgangers, but that was about it. I never imagined that there was going to be romance, hackers galore, government conspiracies, and much, much more! I can’t even begin to describe how many different layers and plot twists there were in this book. Every time that I finally thought that I understood what was going on, something else happened, causing my head to spin. While it was a bit overwhelming, overall it was definitely exhilarating.
Meet Brandon- the main character. Contrary to most YA books, Brandon wasn’t the good boy, nor was he an athlete. No, Brandon was quite the opposite. He was a bad boy, complete with piercings and tattoos galore. But those weren’t the only reasons why he was known as a bad boy- he was actually a hacker. A pretty darn good hacker, from what I could tell. His bad boy status definitely came from the technological hacker side, instead of the brutish bully/smoker that seems to be common in most YA books. Kudos to N. K. Traver (the author) for making sure that Brandon was the complete opposite of a cliche bad boy.
And yes, there was a romantic interest, by the name of Emma. She was everything that Brandon was not- Emma was a good girl, sweet, had great grades, wore nice clothes, etc… I will say that I loved Emma, from the little that I got to know her. Yes, you read that right. she was not a prevalent character in most of the chapters. It was quite an interesting technique- Emma was mentioned often, but she was used as a driving factor in the book, rather than a major character. I loved the technique!
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book, and am giving it 5 stars.