Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date Published: June 11, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: Free read on pulseit.com
Description: When Elissa learns her telepathic twin is the subject of government experiments, the girls find themselves on the run with secrets worth killing for in this futuristic, romantic thriller. Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. Now, all she has is nightmarish visions and unexplained bruises. Finally, she’s promised a cure, and a surgery is scheduled. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the truth behind her visions: She’s seeing the world through another girl’s eyes. A world filled with pain and wires and weird machines. Elissa follows her visions, only to find a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. A twin she never knew existed.
Elissa helps Lin evade the government agents who are ruthlessly tracking her down, but they’re struggling to avoid capture, and soon Elissa is forced to turn to the only person who can help: Cadan, her brother’s infuriating, arrogant best friend, and new graduate of the SFI space flight academy. Cadan is their one chance at safety. But Lin is too valuable to let go, and Elissa has knowledge that is too dangerous. The government will stop at nothing to get them back.
At first I thought Linked was a dystopian world where the government performed secret horrible experiments on twins. Then I thought it was a sci-fi space opera adventure story. It is really kind of both. This story is fast-paced and exciting, with twists and turns and danger. When Lissa and her twin, her “Spare”, find each other, Lissa finally understands why she has been having excruciating phantom pains and having mysterious bruises appear on her body. She takes her sister, Lin, and they go on the run. Their government is chasing them and she has no choice but to try to go off planet. She tricks her brother’s best friend and newly graduated captain to take them on an immediate flight to another planet. But the government is still chasing them and finds them, even in space, and that is where all the crazy action goes down.
So this story is very much an action-adventure in space. But it is more than that. It is also very honest, and very human. In situations of life and death, and right versus wrong, we learn where we stand among our peers and who among us will choose the moral and honorable path, even if it means breaking all the laws and possibly getting killed for it. And, we also learn just what kinds of horrors some people will accept if they don’t want their quality of life to change.
This quote really stood out to me:
Sometimes finding you can trust someone is as devastating as finding you can’t.