Impostors (Impostors #1) by Scott Westerfeld (2018)
YA Fiction | Sci-Fi | Dystopia
“Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadows of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life.”
pooled ink Review:
I always get nervous when authors decide to reboot a series but Uglies was a book I really loved when I first read it in middle school, I still think the concept is awesome, and this reboot was only of the world. In other words, we’re getting to dive back into this futuristic mayhem but with new characters and storylines.
Deciding to take the gamble feeling reassured that this wasn’t just going to be a continuation of Tally’s story (I like how it ended in the final book especially with Extras as an epilogue of sorts) I grabbed a copy at the bookstore and dove in. All in all I’d say that if you enjoyed the Uglies Series then you’ll enjoy this. It has all the fun crazy tech, wild society defying youths, and challenging moral questions at its core. Admittedly I’m not sure how much of my love for Uglies swayed my opinion on this book but hey, maybe that’ll be you too.
The thing about the Uglies Series is that it brought up a ton of moral societal questions and posed them in such a way that there were moments you almost stood against Tally (the protagonist of that series) and defended the actions of the government. But all in all Tally tears down Pretty Town and now we get to see what was built from the ruins. And thus comes a major question posed in Impostors: Is this world better than the worlds before it? Or is it also doomed to collapse? AND while the world is debating their own actions and futures, they can’t help but continue to wonder where the famous/infamous Tally Youngblood is, what is her opinion on how the world has shifted?
A lot happens in this book as was expected for something in the precarious world of Uglies, and it was simply a lot of fun to read. I liked how the sides are less defined, less clear-cut. We see powerful rulers, dangerous rebels, and kids caught in the crossfire between them. And Westerfeld has a way of making even the most wild sci-fi dreams feel somehow relatable, never leaving the reader behind or alone in the corner only fit to observe and wonder. I enjoyed it, I’m happy with it, and I don’t think it was a disappointing continuation of the best-selling series that rocked the newly established YA literary world.
Impostors is YA sci-fi at its purest with a focus on societal norms, moral challenges, a devouring eye on the future, and a ton of awesome tech. A fun read all in all that takes the Uglies Series to new heights by exposing the world post-revolution.
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Check out the original Uglies series!
Meet Scott Westerfeld!
Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.
He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.