Balzer + Bray, 9780062203212, 496pp.
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
M. T. Anderson meets Cory Doctorow in this teen debut from #1 New York Times bestseller Sean Williams, who also coauthors the Troubletwisters series with Garth Nix.
When a coded note promises improvement—the chance to change your body any way you want, making it stronger, taller, more beautiful—Clair thinks it's too good to be true, but her best friend, Libby, falls into a deadly trap.
With the help of the school freak and a mysterious stranger, Clair races against the clock and around the world to save Libby, even as every step draws her deeper into a deadly world of cover-ups and conspiracies.
Action and danger fuel this near-future tale of technology, identity, and the lengths one girl will go to save her best friend.
About the Author
Sean Williams is a #1 New York Times bestselling writer for adults and the author of Twinmaker and Crashland, as well as coauthor of the Troubletwisters series with Garth Nix. As a resident of South Australia—which he reports is a lovely place a long way away from the rest of the world—Sean has often dreamed of stepping into a booth and being somewhere else, instantly. This has led to a fascination with the social, psychological, and moral implications of such technology. When not pondering such weighty matters, Sean can generally be found eating chocolate (actually, he eats chocolate when pondering these matters, too).
Praise For Twinmaker…
— Booklist (starred review)
“The dangers, casualties and well-written action scenes keep tensions high. Williams marries accessibly explored moral ramifications of future technologies-a hallmark of mature science fiction-with a strong, capable teen heroine and heart-pounding action.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Compelling...handily juggles ethical debates, swift action, and a well-developed setting.”
— The Horn Book
“Williams spins a sprawling and complex tale, built on an impressively well-constructed premise and held together with intrigue and tension.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Give this one to teens who enjoy action-packed books such as Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy”
— School Library Journal
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“TWINMAKER took my breath away. A triumph of thrilling action and vivid imagination.”
— Alison Goodman, author of EON and EONA
“A mind-blowing adventure about what it means to be human, and what it means to find ourselves.”
— Scott Westerfeld, author of UGLIES and LEVIATHAN
“A gripping YA thriller, coming of age and love story that transports the reader to a future that looks a whole lot better than it really is ... Highly Recommended.”
— Garth Nix, author of the Old Kingdom series
“TWINMAKER asks smart questions without easy answers, and presents a future so simultaneously wonderful and terrible you can only believe in it. A thrilling, existential head trip worthy of my favorite anime, I couldn’t stop reading this book. More importantly, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.”
— Alaya Dawn Johnson, author of THE SUMMER PRINCE
“Twinmaker is a gripping scifi story of friendship, identity + accidentally destroying the universe.”
— Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of These Broken Stars and Illuminae