Thursday, February 9, 2012

Book Review: Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Title: Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Genre: Middle Grade/YA Dystopia
Where I got it: Brooklyn Public Library
Challenges: Borrowed Book Challenge, Dystopia Challenge, Eclectic Reader Challenge

As Bethany approaches her thirteenth birthday, her parents begin acting more oddly than usual: Her mother cries constantly, and her father barely lets Bethany out of his sight. Then one morning he hustles the entire family into the car, drives across several state lines -- and leaves Bethany with an aunt she never knew existed. Bethany has no idea what's going on. She's worried that her mom and dad are running from some kind of trouble, but she can't find out because they won't tell her where they are going.
This was a fantastic little dystopian tidbit that has remained with me long after I read it.

The intrigue, the suspense, the storytelling were all top notch in this quick read by Haddix. I'm already a huge fan of her Shadow Children series. She's definitely one of my favorite dystopian authors because I can ALWAYS see the scenarios she outlines happening in the future.

Don't get me wrong, imaginative worlds in stories like The Hunger Games, Wither and Divergent are great! But there is something so very chilling about stories like these taking place in a world that is precisely like ours.

I won't give away any of the story so if you think you'd like some YA dystopia with honest characters and easy going narrative, definitely pick this book up! Breathtaking, fast-paced and chilling.


  1. I've been getting into dystopians more and more lately but have yet to read one truly based on the world as it is today. This one sounds like a good read and a good place to start. Thanks for the review.

    1. Yeah for sure, it's definitely a good candidate for your collection!

  2. Love the cover! Glad you liked the book. Have a good week!
    Joy's Book Blog

  3. I really like how you said there is something chilling about the world being like ours. I love dystopians and reading about possible future worlds but if you can create a story told in our time with the same amount of entertainment then it's even better. Great review, I'll have to give this series a try!

  4. Ooh, great review!
    I hadn't heard of this book before but now that I have, with that synopsis, your reivew and the fact it's a dystopian within our own world is just... gah... making me want to read it NOW. hehe.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Stopping by for Love-A-Thon :-) and now a new follower! Hi! :D


  5. Oh wow, I haven't heard of this one until now and it sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing, La Toya! :)

    -Sarah @ Smitten over Books (My LoveAThon super late presence)


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