Technology and Friendship: A Review of TWINMAKER by Sean Williams

Sean Williams
352 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

High-stakes action combines with issues of friendship and body image in this timely and thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of technology and identity.

You can be Improved….

In a near-future world in which technology can transport you anywhere instantly, can a coded note enable you to change your body-to become taller, stronger, more beautiful? Clair is pretty sure the offer is too good to be true. But her best friend, Libby, is determined to give it a try, longing for a new, improved version of herself.

What starts as Libby’s dream turns into Clair’s nightmare when Libby falls foul of a deadly trap. With the help of Jesse, the school freak, and a mysterious-but powerful-stranger called Q, Clair’s attempt to protect Libby leads her to an unimagined world of conspiracies and cover-ups. Soon her own life is at risk, and Clair is chased across the world in a desperate race against time.

Action and danger fuel Sean Williams’s tale of technology, identity, and the lengths to which one girl will go to save her best friend.

In a futuristic world where no one is poor and everything you’ve ever wanted can appear at your command, how far would you go to possibly destroy it?

Clair Hill is your average D-mat user. Getting what she wants when she wants it, jumping all over the world and the like. But when Improvement, a meme promising to make you beautiful, stronger, and smarter, shows up she knows it’s a fraud. But her energetic best-friend Libby ignores the warnings.

And before she knows it, Clair is forced to choose before the life she has without Libby or embark on a dangerous mission to save her. And the consequences are much more deadly than you would think.

I am ashamed to say that in the beginning, I highly doubted Sean Williams was going to be able to pull off an interesting sci-fi novel. The beginning was slightly confusing, and I pretty much had to force myself to turn the pages, but after that… let’s just say that I could barely breathe.

Or sleep.

I loved the sci-fi world Clair lives in. With all the fancy gadgets and a war-free world. I mean, how cool would it be to have anything you want at your fingertips? The plot is pretty neat, different from any other book I have read and managed to keep me hooked from mid-start to end.

And now for the swash-buckling, ingenious, and loveable characters. I loved pretty much all the characters, but mysterious little Q was the icing to the cake. I loved everything about Q, from their helpful insights to their desperate need for a friend. The male protaganist, Jesse took awhile for me to get used to, but it wasn’t long before I fell for him. Our heroine, Clair was pretty cool too, I loved how much she valued her friendship with Libby and goes out of her way to protect her, including near-death experiences. Now that’s something you don’t see everyday.

I’m glad to say that while TWINMAKER had some ups and downs, it was amazing. The only other book I’ve read by Sean Williams is the middle grade trilogy, Troubletwisters, that he co-wrote with Garth Nix. And that was pretty good too.

THE ENDING!!! Can i just say that an author shouldn’t even be allowed to end a book like that? There had better be a sequel.

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    September 23, 2013

    This is definitely different. I get nervous around Sci-Fi novels, though. I’m presumptuous and always think that they’re cold and unfeeling. I’m glad it’s not the case for this one.

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    September 23, 2013

    It sounds a little like Uglies by Scott Westerfeld…which I wasn’t a huge fan of, but I love the concept. If the writing is this good, then I’m in!

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    September 23, 2013

    This sounds like a really interesting premise. I always joke that Pinterest closet should be a real thing – whatever you pin appears in your closet, perfectly sized, accessories and all – and it sounds like it could be, in this alternate world. This is a must-read.

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    Becca @ Nawanda Files

    September 23, 2013

    Wow! I’m so surprised about this one. Maybe the cover threw me off, but I just didn’t think it was going to be that good — at least not good enough to keep you up at night. You had me at the great cast of characters. I’m a sucker for good characters :D Great review, Asma!

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    September 26, 2013

    This one sounds really interesting! It’s so fascinating that in that world, the characters can literally have anything they want. I definitely need to read this just for the world-building (but the other parts sounds amazing too)! Great review :)

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