M’s drunk review of The Imposters by Scott Westerfeld!
What I Drank: We’re doing a Disney animated watch from start to finish and did a drinking game to Sword in the Stone & Jungle Book tonight time celebrate Sam’s house buying! Drank 3+ beers over 5% and a shot of apple whiskey. TL;DR at the bottom.
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.
My Summary: This set of twins is two sides of the same coin—because they are pretending to be the same person. Set over a decade after hero Tally Youngblood overthrew society, the world is grappling with its future and not turning into Rusty central. When two of the southern cities come to blows, the public facing twin is sent as a hostage for collateral, the assassin-trained twin takes her place.
My Spoiler-free Thoughts: Spagbol is back! Honestly half of this for me was revisiting the love I had in the teen years. I LOVED everything Westerfeld… it was all much better than, say, Twlight. Either way, you know me I love great world building so I was thrilled to be back in Uglies/Pretties/Specials territory.
What I Liked: First off, I think the original story holds up, which is a big win for teen me. But as far as a stand-alone, I’m always really into finding yourself story lines and this is obvi ripe for that. Frey, the assassin twin, finds out who she is outside her sister’s shadow in a really fulfilling way while still being tru to herself. The romance was a little insta-lovey, but a twist down the line makes it more tolerable so I’m putting it here. Cal was great in his own ways, if not a little cardboard character-y.
What I Disliked: Not too much here I didn’t like but evil dad seems a bit extreme. I prefer my characters to have a little bit of nuance and currently you don’t know anything about him… book 2 might change that. I appreciated the explanation of how/why he came into power, it’s still a bit too high level for me—give me the nitty gritty!
What I Loved: Ssriously being back in the world! Tally was referenced exactly 12 pages in and I about died. I fangirled about all the way through. I also totally got Frey/Rafi (the twins) struggle. It is hard enough to know who you are without being someone’s double aka forced to be half a person.
TL;DR: If you loved the original Uglies trilogy, you’ll love this new installment set over a decade in the future! Without the background, I think you’ll be good, too, but can’t say for sure.
Drink Pairing: I’m pairing it with a dark and stormy—characters torn between a rock and a hard place but 100% easy to drink.
Rating: 4/5 shots