Tawney Thursday: The Unquiet


  • 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (September 22, 2015)

Goodreads description: 

For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person. 

The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.

An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet takes us deep inside the psyche of a strong teenage heroine struggling with what she has been raised to be and who she really is. Fans of eerily futuristic and beautifully crafted stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe will find themselves haunted by this unsettling debut.



Tawney's Review: 

Thank you HarperCollins for providing an ARC for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

So I went into this book expecting a double earth and all the mayhem that accompanies it. The only thing close to the double earth is the sleeper agents from that parallel earth. 


 The concept was great but there was so much to learn from this universe it probably could have been two books. I wanted more on the backstory and the world building. It's mostly Lira's perspective so maybe that leaves a lot out. The pacing was a pit slow and I found myself either putting the book down or flipping through the pages because of all the set up.


Lara was a sad girl who complains too much. For a main character I couldn't connect with her. I was tired of the repetitiveness of her feelings regarding the situations she's in. We get it. She's a sleeper in the second earth to slay her double self and take over that life. Again cool concept but Lira is uncertain of herself and what to do.  It made her weak. There is romance in the book but it felt pushy and didn't hold my interest. 

 I liked the idea of the book but unfortunately I couldn't get into it. I gave it 3 stars because the concept was brilliant and the idea was there so it made me finish the book. However, I do think some people will enjoy this book. The writing wasn't bad and there was some vivid description of the worlds. What I didn't like you may like, so if you check The Unquiet out let me know what you think! 

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