Sept. 11 Young Adult Release: Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

IMPOSTORS by Scott Westerfeld

(Scholastic Press ~ September 11, 2018)

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Review by Paige ~ @popthebutterfly on Instagram

Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadow’s of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life.

Okay so I was very excited to see another Uglies book as it was the series that started my love for dystopian YA literature. I felt that this book rang true to the Uglies series and it had the same feel. It went fast and it was a bit unexpected. I love that it made me reminiscent about the original series.

However, I don’t feel like it was the greatest book in the series. I feel like the characters were disconnected from each other and the character of Rafi was severely underdeveloped. The book tended to jump around a lot and I got confused easily while reading it. The pacing was very off as well and it went from too fast to too slow continuously. I also don’t feel like this book could be a great book for readers to start on if they’re new to the series. A lot of the things in the book go unexplained and I think reading the other books in the series would be very helpful. However, even reading this book with the knowledge of the other four books was really confusing. Honestly, I don’t know if we needed another Uglies book but I’ll keep reading them as long as Westerfeld keeps writing them.

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