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. 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.
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.
Two identical Earths have orbited each other "for as long as anyone can remember," but Earth II and its people are beginning to disappear. Lirael, kidnapped from the second Earth as a child, has been ruthlessly trained as an assassin with one purpose: kill and replace her alternate self, paving the way for others to move from the dying Earth to the one that remains. Lirael quickly learns not to trust anyone, especially not the vicious Madame who runs the shadowy cottages where they train. After a brutal graduation ceremony, Lirael is finally ready to take her double's place, but it isn't easy to act like the innocent girl she could have been. Worse, she discovers that the other children from the cottages have a plan that might put all of them in jeopardy. First-time author Everett gives this story a dreamlike quality even amid the frequent violence. The chronology is surprisingly wide, but Everett never loses sight of Lirael as a character, and that continuity is key to the book's success in its exploration of identity and self. Ages 14 up.