Author: Sean Williams
Series: (Twinmaker, #1)
Published: November 5th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction,Young Adult
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Synopsis: High-stakes action combines with issues of friendship and body image in this timely and thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of technology and identity.
You can be Improved….
In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body—to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.
What starts as Libby’s dream turns into Clair’s nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious—but powerful—stranger called Q, Clair’s attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.
Action and danger fuel Sean Williams’ tale of technology, identity, and the lengths to which one girl will go to save her best friend.
Review: Twinmaker by Sean Williams was a lot to take in at first. The technology here was very advance and quite ambitious. It was distant, futuristic time where people don’t need airplanes to go to another country because they have what they called D-mat. It can transport them to any place in the world in a matter of time. And then they also have Improvement, where it can correct their physical imperfections, or so they say. Improvement, however, isn’t exactly what they thought it was because it can changed a person in more ways than the physical.
Clair and Libby were best friends. Libby decided to undergo improvement. Clair was reluctant about it and didn’t consider getting one. But it seemed Libby was adamant about it. After Libby gone with the procedure she suddenly changed— in a very strange way. And this made Clair cautious about it and started to dig some more information about it. And it turned out there were things that they didn’t know about the technology they were using in that society, and even about herself.
I think the underlying message here is how they used/misused their technology. Just like in our modern world, information travel fast through the internet and while there are many good things it brought to us, some people are misusing it. The same goes to the d-mat, improvement, and so forth. A guy here explained to Clair that the advancement isn’t forced to everyone; people have the freedom to use it. A perfect example of that was her friend, Libby. No one forced her to use improvement, she did the on her own. Although the thing is, people in there weren’t transparent on the truth and repercussions of the said technology. And this is what I think the mindset of Clair when she tried to look for answers in order to help her friend.
I liked that Clair was at one point honest of her feelings toward her friend. Clair was the quiet type, and Libby was the outgoing one. And because of Libby she started to branch out from her private solace and tried to meet people. People find her friend charming and somehow, she was a bit jealous of that. And then there was Libby’s boyfriend, Zep, who she found herself falling for him, too. And it got complicated from there but after what happened to Libby, she still thought of her first (even though the kiss she shared with Zep still bothered her) and tried to help her out.
If you’re looking for romance, fortunately (or fortunately for some, you decide) it was very minimal. I already mentioned about Zep. Unluckily, something happened to him and this diverted her attention to another guy, Jesse. He was the guy helping her out; although there seemed to be chemistry between them, it was hardly explored which made it underdeveloped. The plot, I think, concentrated on far more important matters.
There were good and there were bad. Like there were interesting as there were boring. But I’m glad to say that I sort of enjoyed the story even though it didn’t really wow me. I found the concept of the book quite fascinating. Although sometimes I find it hard to grasp, I still managed to reach the end and felt an overwhelming joy of finishing a good book.
I received an advance copy from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “But who listened to old people on the subject of kids these days? Clair certainly hadn’t. How many brilliant minds had taken over the live of innocent young people who had wished to be more than they were.” (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)