by Imogen Howson
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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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. (Goodreads)
The characters in the story….. Elissa and Lin, being the teenagers that they are, completely frustrated me at times with some of the decisions that they made, or with how they treated each other. But the story wouldn’t have felt so realistic otherwise! Both girls grew leaps and bounds throughout the novel, by the end of the story, I was super proud of both of them.
The secondary characters that we get to know in the novel are interesting as well, the main being Caden. (Swoon!) Elissa’s mom was selfish, and was just not a character I enjoyed at all, but I loved her father. A few crew members from the ship were great as well. I’m not going to include their names, so that you can meet them yourself.
The storyline for the novel was really engrossing. There were a few times that the novel was a bit slow, but for the most part, the suspense nearly killed me! I haven’t had a book do that in a really long time, and I enjoyed it! I also loved the descriptions and the world building for the novel. While I’m not much of a sci-fi person, the descriptions helped me picture the world Howson created perfectly.
Overall, I enjoyed Linked SO much more than I expected to! I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. Now, I just need to get my hands on the next book, Shattered, set to release in 2014!