Topics: Kill, Learning, Decision making Pages: 2 (822 words) Published: September 24, 2013
Overcoming Adversity

A review of Dualed
Imagine a world where two of you existed, someone that looked look like you, lived in the same place, but wasn’t you. And the only way you could survive was to kill your Alternate self. The book “Dualed” trough the main character illustrates that you can grow from all experiences, even if there difficult to go through. Throughout life overcoming obstacles provides opportunities to grow. This is seen throughout the book in the challenges West Grayer faces, she loses her family, is forced to make her own difficult decisions and learns to let others care for her. Although she has never needed to make tough decisions before she is now forced to, in order to survive. She makes difficult decisions by herself and against everyone’s advice. Despite being told not follow her brother Luc and her friend Chord into the home of Chord’s Alt she does, endangering everyone there in her effort to protect them both (Chapman, p.24-27). She also had to decide difficult decisions not beneficial to her but to protect others. For example she rejected Chord’s offer to help her with her assignment in order to protect him by making the excruciatingly hard decision to leave him in the middle of the night so he wouldn’t have the chance to stop her (p.111). She makes extremely difficult choices regarding her future in which she either lives or dies. For example when she made a Peripheral Kill even though she hated to do that to a family as it was done to her when her loved ones were killed (p.224). She makes the incredibly tough choice of becoming an illegal killer, a striker, even without experience or a trainer. Through West, I see that the most challenging decisions to make can be the most significant in life and that often it’s better to decide them yourself. W est overcomes the devastating trauma of losing her entire family and learns to become self-supporting. Almost all the people she grew up with and dependant on were killed while...

Cited: Chapman, Elsie. Dualed. United States of America: Random House Children Books, 2013
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