Linked

Title: Linked
Author: Imogen Howson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Pages: 368
Genre: Sci-fi
Source: Library
Rating: 2/5

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.

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Imogen Howson’s debut wasn’t really my cup of tea. I was intrigued by the idea of a telepathic connection between two strangers, but wasn’t compelled enough by the actual book. Maybe it was because I’m not really into sci-fi in general, especially space books, or maybe I just plain wasn’t in the mood. For these and other reasons, Howson’s debut left me unsatisfied and not wanting to read the sequel.

To start with, I wasn’t a big fan of Elissa. She’s supposed to be so tortured by these visions and headaches, but for some reason I just didn’t feel the anguish I thought I was meant to. I also found her views on the world very simplistic and naive, and I found myself rolling my eyes at a lot of the things she said and did. I also didn’t feel Elissa’s connection with Lin was genuine, because most of the time she was thinking about what an awful person Lin was and was she really human and yelling at her and being generally condescending.

I also felt the plot was too simple and predictable. I think I was supposed to feel some degree of suspense during the story, but I just never did. I think that was partially because the voice seemed almost detached to me. It was something about the way the third-person narrative was written that just made me feel separated from the story. I always felt I was on the outside of the action, and this prevented me from connecting with anything that was going on. The romance at the end was also predictable and was annoying to me. It didn’t need to be there, and the way it was revealed was really corny and elicited more eye rolling from me.

I kept with the book because I so wanted it to be good, but I was unimpressed. Neither the plot nor the characters were compelling enough for me, and all in all it wasn’t worth picking up.

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