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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 – un 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.


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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 – un 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.

30 review for Impostors

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    CAN 2018 GET ANY BETTER?!?! THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A DRILL. SCOTT WESTERFELD IS GOING TO WRITE FOUR NEW BOOKS IN THE WORLD OF THE UGLIES SERIES. COUNT ME THE FUCK IN!!! THIS IS HONESTLY THE BEST NEWS EVER!!! UGLIES WAS ONE OF THE FIRST YA SERIES I READ WHEN I WAS LIKE FOURTEEN YEARS OLD SO STILL A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AND AAAAAHHHH I LOVED THESE BOOKS TO THE CORE. WOW. JUST WOW. SO EXCITED *-*

  2. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    the ‘uglies’ series was one of my all time favourites as a teen. so what a treat its been get the chance to re-enter that world 10 years later in a brand new story. scanning the reviews for this, there has been one word that keeps popping up and that is ‘nonstop.’ i cant think of a better word to describe this book. this hits the ground running from the very first chapter and honestly doesnt slow down. its action packed, full of daring rebellion and planning. the fact that there was always somet the ‘uglies’ series was one of my all time favourites as a teen. so what a treat its been get the chance to re-enter that world 10 years later in a brand new story. scanning the reviews for this, there has been one word that keeps popping up and that is ‘nonstop.’ i cant think of a better word to describe this book. this hits the ground running from the very first chapter and honestly doesnt slow down. its action packed, full of daring rebellion and planning. the fact that there was always something going on, in addition to the very simplistic and unhindered writing, makes this a story that is difficult to put down. and dont even get me started on that ending - holy cow. i cant wait to see what happens in the next book! the plot development and pacing of this was just so good! however, i think the one thing i was really hoping to get from this, which may have led to too high of expectations, was more interaction with the world. as i said, i loved the ‘uglies’ series, so i have been beyond excited to relive that experience, in a way. but there honestly wasnt much world building. if anything, this story was extremely plot driven (hence calling it nonstop), and other than a few subtle mentions here and there, there wasnt really anything that connected this with the ‘uglies’ series. so that aspect was a miss for me. but overall, this was a fast and easy-going read. it definitely delivers a couple hours worth of active entertainment and a very promising hope for the series to come! ↠ 3.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    ♆Hayley

    UPDATE: THE BLURB IS OUT AND MY GAWDDDDDD WHY IS SEPTEMBER SO FAR AWAY?!?! OMFG! I remember LOVING the Uglies series. It was such a unique and creepy concept. I'm excited, I'm excited, I'm excited.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fables&Wren

    WrensReads Review: HERE IT IS I AM SO HAPPY I CAN'T AHHHH MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE EVER! Also, I will say when I saw the trailer I thought it was becoming a movie franchise or something... BUT THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER. SO MANY STORIES TO BE TOLD IN THIS WORLD I AM SO BEYOND EXCITED! WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* Confession time! I didn't love the  Uglies series . I just didn't. I liked the first book, but by the end? I legit one-starred the 4th book, honestly just out of severe boredom. So to say I was skeptical of Impostors is putting it mildly. It was mostly curiousity that led me to pick up the copy that showed up on my doorstep. And the verdict? Holy crap, I am so glad that I am a curi You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 4.5* Confession time! I didn't love the  Uglies series . I just didn't. I liked the first book, but by the end? I legit one-starred the 4th book, honestly just out of severe boredom. So to say I was skeptical of Impostors is putting it mildly. It was mostly curiousity that led me to pick up the copy that showed up on my doorstep. And the verdict? Holy crap, I am so glad that I am a curious sort! I devoured this book. I liked the characters, the plot, the setting... I truly can't think of anything that I didn't like, come to think of it. My only complaint in the whole thing was that Mr. Westerfeld, sir, I need a map because I cannot figure out where all these towns are. I beg of you, map.  Erm anyway. The action started and never stopped. There were little throwbacks to the first book, but it wasn't overwhelming at all- I needn't have remembered much (which is good since I read it five years ago) and if you really wanted, could probably read this on its own without the first four. Because it's set, appropriately, years later, in a very different sort of world. I basically could not stop reading, it sucked me in from the very start. A few extra tidbits that I loved: •Short chapters! This is a personal thing, but goodness I love a short chapter- plus it makes for very easy "one more chapter"-ing late into the night. •All the characters, not just Frey, were great. Even some of the more minor characters were awesome- and a few were perfect for a couple of lighter moments that were great in the midst of a pretty dark situation. •Frey learned a lot about herself during the book, and I enjoyed her development.  •The stakes always seemed high, danger was always around the corner. Bottom Line: Is book 6 out yet? Because I am totally in, and cannot wait to see what else this world and these characters have in store for them! And also, excited about those maps ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    3.5 stars This book was a fast-paced, page turner of a read from the start all the way through to the finish. Personally, I feel that this book may have received a higher rating from me if I would have reread the whole "Uglies" series prior to reading this new installment. I think it may have changed my overall reading experience to refresh myself of the original story, as well as remind myself of what exactly is different within the Ugly universe. With that being said though, it isn't necessary 3.5 stars This book was a fast-paced, page turner of a read from the start all the way through to the finish. Personally, I feel that this book may have received a higher rating from me if I would have reread the whole "Uglies" series prior to reading this new installment. I think it may have changed my overall reading experience to refresh myself of the original story, as well as remind myself of what exactly is different within the Ugly universe. With that being said though, it isn't necessary or mandatory to read the original trilogy prior to picking this novel up. Yes, it may aid in the understanding of the world building, but the main characters in this novel are different than the main characters in the earlier series. I really liked the overall premise and plot regarding this storyline. I never have thought of a "body double" in this particular circumstance and it was a very unique idea, especially due to the political background behind the reasoning. As for the relationship component of this novel, I don't want to give too much away but I will say that it was a little too 'insta-love' for me. I actually do enjoy 'insta-love' to some degree but I found that the relationship developed quite quickly and that there should have been more of a hesitancy from the male in this relationship. I mean, this girl has lied and has essentially ruined your family, but go ahead, don't ask questions... My one (extremely minor) pet peeve of this novel was certain terminology that was used as an example of the language within this particular universe. Again, it's very minor and was not overly used but I loathed every time I saw a phrase similar to "brain-missing" or "dizzy-making". I understand, it's part of these characters' language but I am not a fan. Lastly, let me give some major applause for that ending! The ending may have been my favourite part of the whole novel (I'm not throwing shade, I swear it was just that good). It left off with such a unique cliffhanger that I can only wonder how the characters will get out of the predicament that they are facing. Due to that ending, I cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series when it comes out. I need to know what happens next! ***Thank you to Scholastic Canada for sending me an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review***

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Family, power, control, betrayal, revenge. Book Review: Impostors by Scott Westerfeld When I heard about this book I was so excited - I loved the Uglies books growing up. I loved the twisted world, the acerbic take-down of societal conceptions of beauty. And now I'm back in the same world watching a similar take-down of the people in power. and it's excellent. I loved the changes in the characters, how the Frey from the first page isn't the Frey from the last page, how the truth about Rafi 5 Words: Family, power, control, betrayal, revenge. Book Review: Impostors by Scott Westerfeld When I heard about this book I was so excited - I loved the Uglies books growing up. I loved the twisted world, the acerbic take-down of societal conceptions of beauty. And now I'm back in the same world watching a similar take-down of the people in power. and it's excellent. I loved the changes in the characters, how the Frey from the first page isn't the Frey from the last page, how the truth about Rafia is slowly revealed. I loved that there was so little trust and so much hope, so much pretending. There is a bit of romance in the story, but it's not front and centre. To be honest I could very easily ignore it. It felt a bit convenient, and with the relationship between the particular characters it often felt more like an emotional outlet and a bit of mutual attraction than anything serious. The ending is spectacular. This book is a bit of a thrill to read, packed with action and battle scenes, the hard reality of Frey's life is there on the page and explored in her every action. But that ending left me desperate for more. Impostors may be the fifth book in the Uglies world, but you don't need to have read any of the other books first as this is set in a future timeline and generally deals with different characters and cities.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also find my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Impostors is the first book in a new spin off series set in the same world as the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. This book follows Frey, the secret twin sister and body double to Rafia, who is the heir to the first family in charge of the city Shreve. Frey’s father send a her instead of Rafia as a hostage to a rival city as the two cities negotiate a trade deal. Frey continues to impersonate Rafia, but as she gets close You can also find my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Impostors is the first book in a new spin off series set in the same world as the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. This book follows Frey, the secret twin sister and body double to Rafia, who is the heir to the first family in charge of the city Shreve. Frey’s father send a her instead of Rafia as a hostage to a rival city as the two cities negotiate a trade deal. Frey continues to impersonate Rafia, but as she gets closer to the rival city’s first son, Col, she fears he might begin to see her for who she truly is. The plot takes off pretty quickly and remains at a captivating pace through the entire book. There is a lot of action, a romance and some political battles. I found this book to be similar to Uglies, but much more captivating. I only read about half of the first book in that series because I found it moved very slowly. Luckily I think this book was much better. I really liked Frey as a character. She is strong and not without her issues, as she is unloved by her father. She has a loyalty to her sister and fights for what is right. There’s a bit of romance between her and Col, but it isn’t really a focus of the novel. If you like romance heavy books, then this might not be for you. But if you prefer that a romance doesn’t overshadow the plot, then go ahead and pick this one up. I will warn you that the way this book ends kind of feels like a cliffhanger. Things are not completely finished in the book. Personally I don’t mind cliffhangers, but I know a lot of people do. Overall I liked this one a lot. The characters were interesting and the plot was fast-paced. It’s a good, quick read set in a futuristic world.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    Okay so after listening to this book, I just realized that this is a spin off series from the uglies. Which is a series I just started.. so this is awkward. Impostors was still an enjoyable book. In it, you will meet Frey and you get to know about her secret life. She's a twin but the one that stays in the shadows mostly. She knows how to kill while Rafia, is the heir to the family. Seems like a pretty crappy deal if you ask me. For some really stupid reason, their dad sends Frey to a rival city Okay so after listening to this book, I just realized that this is a spin off series from the uglies. Which is a series I just started.. so this is awkward. Impostors was still an enjoyable book. In it, you will meet Frey and you get to know about her secret life. She's a twin but the one that stays in the shadows mostly. She knows how to kill while Rafia, is the heir to the family. Seems like a pretty crappy deal if you ask me. For some really stupid reason, their dad sends Frey to a rival city where she is to be a hostage. She's pretending to be Rafia in this little hostage scenario which kind of ends up being bittersweet. Mostly because of Col, who she ends up getting kind of close to. Close enough where she starts to freak out about him finding out her truth. I loved Frey so freaking much. I hated how she wasn't really loved by her father because of Rafia and everything. Then there's her whole loyalty to her sister, which sometimes rubbed me the wrong way. Frey just deserved better in my eyes and that's all I really wanted for her! Overall, this book was pretty interesting and it's made me want to dive back into the uglies series. I can't wait for the second book of this series to come out because that little cliffhanger annoyed me. I need more!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    Impostors 3.5⭐ Rafi and Frey are twins but Frey is to be silent and hidden a double to protect her sister. When given the opportunity to spy on a neighboring region by being kidnapped she sees how different they live from how her father rules. Col is in a world similar to ours whichdrives frey nuts. Thereare no spy dust and fancy monitoring, everything they rely on so heavily and Cols region doesnt use any of it. Frey is being Rafi and she forms a friendship with Col and a friendship when all you Impostors 3.5⭐️ Rafi and Frey are twins but Frey is to be silent and hidden a double to protect her sister. When given the opportunity to spy on a neighboring region by being kidnapped she sees how different they live from how her father rules. Col is in a world similar to ours whichdrives frey nuts. Thereare no spy dust and fancy monitoring, everything they rely on so heavily and Cols region doesnt use any of it. Frey is being Rafi and she forms a friendship with Col and a friendship when all you can do is lie, is no friendship that will end well. In conclusion the parents are all evil and kids rule the earth. This was good and i cant wait to continue in this new world.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    3.5/5 For all you people in the back, can I get an INSTA-LOVE? Okay enough shenanigans the book was super good and I loved being back in the uglies world. I didn’t know how much I missed the phrase ‘crash bracelets’ until I read this. It was super instalovey but hey UGLIES. Also them Tally references ooooooft. Not to toot my own horn but I finished this in 3 hours, I am a living legend. It was almost too fast paced in some aspects but hey she’ll be right. “Crash bracelets”.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    3.5 stars I admit to being a tiny bit sceptical before reading this, as I didn't love The Darkest Legacy, another book returning to a series and set 10 years later, but Impostors managed to do this successfully. Part of that success lies in the fact that instead of returning to characters introduced in the previous books, it begins the start of a whole new story with all new characters. Oh sure there are a few plot holes, and the characters are pretty standard, but it is also a fast paced and enga 3.5 stars I admit to being a tiny bit sceptical before reading this, as I didn't love The Darkest Legacy, another book returning to a series and set 10 years later, but Impostors managed to do this successfully. Part of that success lies in the fact that instead of returning to characters introduced in the previous books, it begins the start of a whole new story with all new characters. Oh sure there are a few plot holes, and the characters are pretty standard, but it is also a fast paced and engaging read. If you liked the previous books set in the Uglies world, you should be satisfied with this. I'm in for the next book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    It feels good to get back into the Uglies world. I love the Uglies series so, so much. Impostors was non-stop action, fast-paced, the kind of book you devour very quickly. I really liked the concept and the characters, but I wish it kind of stopped for a little while to explore the rules of this world, how it changed after the Uglies series, and so on. I feel like it didn't stop long enough to properly build the world and that's unfortunately, where it fell short for me. Still, a very entertainin It feels good to get back into the Uglies world. I love the Uglies series so, so much. Impostors was non-stop action, fast-paced, the kind of book you devour very quickly. I really liked the concept and the characters, but I wish it kind of stopped for a little while to explore the rules of this world, how it changed after the Uglies series, and so on. I feel like it didn't stop long enough to properly build the world and that's unfortunately, where it fell short for me. Still, a very entertaining read and THAT ENDING AH I SCREAMED, I LOVED IT. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I preordered this book in APRIL. That's how excited I was. Unfortunately, when I got it, I was really worried about not liking it, since I loved the original Uglies series so much, but THIS DIDN'T DISAPPOINT, THANK YOU SCOTT WESTERFELD. I'm gonna get kinda fangirl-y in this review, and I haven't reviewed a book thoroughly in a while. First off, I loved the characters. It took a little longer to get used to them, especially since they weren't Tally and co, but I still eventually fell in love with I preordered this book in APRIL. That's how excited I was. Unfortunately, when I got it, I was really worried about not liking it, since I loved the original Uglies series so much, but THIS DIDN'T DISAPPOINT, THANK YOU SCOTT WESTERFELD. I'm gonna get kinda fangirl-y in this review, and I haven't reviewed a book thoroughly in a while. First off, I loved the characters. It took a little longer to get used to them, especially since they weren't Tally and co, but I still eventually fell in love with them. They have forever imprinted themselves on me. Frey was such a great main character, and she's so cool, but it's not like, "I'm a badass female that can kill and stuff, so I don't have any feelings because that's what makes me a strong female lead." She was REAL, and had feelings. She didn't always know what to do, and she wasn't perfect, but it's not like she was imperfect in a perfect way, you feel me? I feel like in YA books, characters started to become imperfect, but then there started to be a format for the imperfect main character, but Frey wasn't that. I also reallllllyyyyyy liked Rafi and I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HER. She seems really 2D at first, but her character gets built really well even though she wasn't even focused on that much. Col and his brother Teo were great. I feel like they weren't just there to play a role for the book, and Teo was honestly so realistic for his age. Whenever authors add a younger sibling, I feel like they're portrayed as so young and naive, and while they may be to a certain extent, these 11 and 12 year olds feel like 7 or 8 years old. (sorry if my grammar was incorrect, i can't figure out a way to word it) Of course, this isn't to discredit Col. He didn't fall under this certain stereotype that I can't say because of spoilers, but I will say he didn't change as much as some of the other characters. The plot was insane. I read this book in one sitting, and I haven't done that in the longest time. While, I have been getting better at predicting the plot (which makes books worse for me sometimes), this book took so many twists and turns that I just forgot about trying to feel the book out, and I just enjoyed it. I can't tell you how often I read the story, but I never get fully immersed in the story, because it doesn't have that extra push, and I just end up reading it to eventually review it. While I haven't been reading or reviewing as much as before, I have noticed that as I review more, the way I read changes. It's not always a bad change, but it takes more for a book to just get me to enjoy it. The writing style was honestly just fine, but I feel like I don't read books for their writing style, but it's often a reason I don't read books. I find that I don't really enjoy a certain writing style a lot, so if I don't hate it, I'm probably going to continue reading that book. An important part of books is "showing, not telling", because that definitely puts you in the scene so much better, as if you're with the characters, or viewing everything from a bird's eye view, and Scott Westerfeld definitely did that. I felt like the descriptions weren't so heavy that I had to double check it, which is not ideal for me, but I could read and get a full picture of what was going on the first time reading it. ] If you haven't read the Uglies series, you do not have to read it to read the "follow-up" series. There are some parts that allude to the first series (although they're technically the same series), and you might understand it if you've read them, you can still figure out what's going on. If you've read Uglies, and loved it, I highly recommend this book, but even if you didn't like it this much, I still think you should try it, because it doesn't rely heavily on the original series, and it's not dystopian, if you've grown tired of that. Overall, I absolutely loved this book, there was almost nothing that I could say wasn't good, which I try to do, but I legitimately couldn't find or think of anything that ticked me off. I'm so glad I decided to push aside my fear and just read this book, because it just made me happy, and I felt some semblance of relaxation from my busy life and I could escape reality. And in the end, isn't that why we all read books?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)

    **NOTE: Don't start with this book if you haven't read this series yet. I recommend reading the original trilogy, since there are some references to the original books and it does take place after SPECIALS.** Review is up on my blog now linked here! https://metalphantasmreads.wordpress.... But this was super disappointing for a new series installment! The action was too "stop and go" for me while never feeling intense or that there were any high stakes or the risk of death. Frey is a boring person, **NOTE: Don't start with this book if you haven't read this series yet. I recommend reading the original trilogy, since there are some references to the original books and it does take place after SPECIALS.** Review is up on my blog now linked here! https://metalphantasmreads.wordpress.... But this was super disappointing for a new series installment! The action was too "stop and go" for me while never feeling intense or that there were any high stakes or the risk of death. Frey is a boring person, Col is one of the worst and bland male characters ever (the author could've done way better frankly) and the whole plan for another rebellion doesn't really even happen! It's one long and boring set up book :(

  16. 4 out of 5

    may ☆彡

    im going to be honest- i didn’t think it would be this good. i mean i didn’t think it would be really bad (it is scott westerfeld after all) but i wasn’t expecting this! and i’m starting to hate (not really of course) these amazing ya authors because THEY JUST CANT HELP THEMSELVES CAN THEY DO THEY HAVE TO END THESE BOOKS THIS WAY really though, is it a mortal sin to end books without the reader wanting to throw the book across the room in frustration?!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Elend Wolf

    Ahhh when did this happened? I had no idead this existed until I saw the next book untitled prospect. Honestly this sound interesting enough, and I'm guessing that the story exist in the Uglies universe so seeing the little nods and tidbits to previous installments will be fun.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Grace Kathleen

    I've been a huge Uglies fan since I was a kid, so when this book was announced I was equal parts excited and nervous. I was worried that one of my favorite series would be ruined by an unnecessary addition--but this book turned out fantastic. Impostors could stand alone apart from the Uglies series, but fans will be delighted to see a bunch of Easter eggs that hearken back to the original series. There was just enough to keep an old fan like myself squealing with the references, but the world was I've been a huge Uglies fan since I was a kid, so when this book was announced I was equal parts excited and nervous. I was worried that one of my favorite series would be ruined by an unnecessary addition--but this book turned out fantastic. Impostors could stand alone apart from the Uglies series, but fans will be delighted to see a bunch of Easter eggs that hearken back to the original series. There was just enough to keep an old fan like myself squealing with the references, but the world was still unique and different. It is clear that the world of Uglies has continued to develop in the decade since the mind-rain. Our new protagonist is Frey, who has been raised as a body double for her twin sister, Rafi, and spent most of her life in hiding. Frey is a fascinating main character, as she is equal parts deadly and naive. Trained to be a killer, but socially stunted, she was intriguing and well-developed as an MC. One thing that put me off about this book was that it is written in first-person, present-tense perspective from Frey's point of view. This is a perspective I don't get to read often, and at times it took some getting used to. This led to less descriptiveness to the world, but more action. As we were in Frey's head, things moved very quickly. I enjoyed how fast-paced the novel was, but at times I wished I knew more about character or world appearance. Regardless, it was really hard to put this book down. My other negative for this book is the insta-love that happens between Frey and her love interest, Col. The idea of the romance is fantastic (enemies to friends to lovers--my fave!) but that portion of the story moved so quickly that we didn't really get to enjoy the development of a relationship, it just sort of happened. Despite that, I really liked Col as a character, and I did enjoy watching their relationship play out on the page. There are definitely some swoony moments between the two. Finally, I want to mention that this book seems like a really awesome upgrade from the Uglies series in diversity. It's not perfect by any means, but as there was almost no diversity in the Uglies series (up until Extras, set in Asia), this book shows a true effort by Westerfeld to include more characters of color and differing genders/sexualities. He mentioned in an interview for Impostors that back when he wrote Uglies he had the misguided white, cis-het male author perspective that glossing over diversity in his futuristic world was progressive instead of harmful. The world of Impostors still does not weight race/gender/sexuality issues as heavily as they exist in society today, but the visibility is still there. Many of the characters are from Mexican descent, including Col, and other ethnicities are alluded to as well. We also meet a non-binary character and other LGBTQ+ characters. Again, it's not perfect, but a clear upgrade in that aspect from Uglies. Overall, I loved every second of this book and that ending RUINED me. I am so excited for book 2!! Read this book for: amazing fight scenes, cool scifi tech, a fascinating concept & world, fast pacing, LOTS of political intrigue, accessible language & writing style, lots of identity crises, and to reminisce about one of your fave dystopian series. If you've never read Uglies, that's cool too! Don't read this book: if you want something slow & descriptive, if you don't appreciate some blood, don't like the pretty-speak slang, if you want more than a PG romance, hate insta-love, or can't handle a CRAZY cliffhanger. Seriously, I'm wrecked. I definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in YA Science Fiction, regardless if you have experience in the genre. This is a great book for younger readers (middle grades) with accessible language, that would still appeal to teens or adults who love YA. It's been one of my most anticipated reads of 2018, and now it's one of my favorites all year.

  19. 4 out of 5

    grace ⚯͛ (gracelwrites)

    HOLY SHIT. i remember reading the books and being very caught up in them. AND GUYS. G U Y S. I'M VERY EXCITED. i think i'll have to reread the entire series to catch up with everything—not that i'm complaining though! maybe this will be the year i go back to my dystopian novel roots, since it seems that the science fiction/dystopian genre is making a comeback with sequels to the shatter me trilogy, the darkest minds, and all that.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rayna

    This is the first Westerfeld novel I’ve ever read and it is 100% a 5/5 read for me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bec

    4.5 stars. Love me a twisty scifi from an old fave!

  22. 5 out of 5

    kenzie may (semi-hiatus)

    I'm such a sucker for these stories you knew it was going to be five stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the second book I have read from this author. When I first saw this book I wanted to read it. Thus I was very excited when I got the chance to pick up a copy of this book. Frey and Rafi could not be more different. However, they are bonded by the fact that they are twins. Frey really is the star of this book. She does not belong in the royal world; thus the reason that she was discovered fairly quickly. She is better as an assassin. Rafi may be the face but she also had a soft and likabl This is the second book I have read from this author. When I first saw this book I wanted to read it. Thus I was very excited when I got the chance to pick up a copy of this book. Frey and Rafi could not be more different. However, they are bonded by the fact that they are twins. Frey really is the star of this book. She does not belong in the royal world; thus the reason that she was discovered fairly quickly. She is better as an assassin. Rafi may be the face but she also had a soft and likable side. When was nice as I grew close to both sisters. Yes, there is romance budding between Frey and Col. It did not seem forced or childish. In fact, I was happy to see that Frey got the guy. This book had a good storyline. It kept my interest. The ending made me happy. There is nothing worse then to read a book only to end up with a weak ending. Fans of young adult books will enjoy this one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ricky

    I was pretty surprised when Westerfeld announced that there would be not only this extension to the Uglies series, but that it would be the first of a new four-part sequel/spinoff series. It's for sure the best book Westerfeld wrote in this universe since the original - especially since Specials and especially Extras played out increasingly nonsensically and weirdly, though I'm sure I'd appreciate them better on a second read. As for this first of the new series, it's not half-bad, but sure as he I was pretty surprised when Westerfeld announced that there would be not only this extension to the Uglies series, but that it would be the first of a new four-part sequel/spinoff series. It's for sure the best book Westerfeld wrote in this universe since the original - especially since Specials and especially Extras played out increasingly nonsensically and weirdly, though I'm sure I'd appreciate them better on a second read. As for this first of the new series, it's not half-bad, but sure as hell doesn't hold a candle to the original. (Fun fact: as I typed that last sentence, a candle appeared on my TV screen in the background from the title sequence of American Horror Story: Apocalypse.) The premise is a promising one, with the idea of identical twins and body doubles, but in practice it feels a little half-baked because we're led to believe that there are bunches of "First Families" making use of this method and it seems, instead, it's just Frey and Rafi. Though this is supposed to be well after the original series ended, it still seems that there are a ton of Pretties and Specials running around, and copious use of silly "bubbly" slang and all those infamous crappy MREs (SpagBol, of course, being the most common.) So while I'm sure there's something to be said for next to nothing having actually changed - Pierce Brown and Tahereh Mafi explored similar themes in their own dystopian series continuations this year - here, it just feels a little underdone, and it's very hard to connect with most of the characters as a result. Though, again, that's probably the point, because Frey needs to really learn how to be herself, if you know what I mean. And for the less-than-stellar worldbuilding (honestly, I managed to fool myself into thinking most of the book takes place in Europe for the longest time), Westerfeld does make up for it with some kickass action, easily outclassing any such scenes the original series ever had. So I'm for sure not done with Impostors, but I'm hoping for a better book next year. And that we get some of Col Palafox's multilingual POV. (Also, who else sees him and his name and thinks of Cal from Red Queen?)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Reese

    OMG!!!!!! I HAVE AN ARC FOR ONE OF THE FIRST SCI-FI SERIES I EVER READ THAT MADE ME LOVE THE GENRE!!!! DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS??????

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    > 3.5 stars Argh I love books where people pretend they’re someone they’re not! And I love books with sibling relationships too. IMPOSTORS was a fun, quick-paced and non-demanding novel that will likely delight fans of the original trilogy (though you don’t have to have read the original trilogy to read this series, as it’s set after the events of the main trilogy.) There are a few bits of jargon here and there that new readers may not understand, but it’s likely that you can understand them > 3.5 stars Argh I love books where people pretend they’re someone they’re not! And I love books with sibling relationships too. IMPOSTORS was a fun, quick-paced and non-demanding novel that will likely delight fans of the original trilogy (though you don’t have to have read the original trilogy to read this series, as it’s set after the events of the main trilogy.) There are a few bits of jargon here and there that new readers may not understand, but it’s likely that you can understand them based on the surrounding context. Also, the ending was SO good! What a cliffhanger. I’m really excited to see what comes next.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Davyne DeSye

    This was a fun book! I loved the Uglies series and was looking forward to this continuation – I was not disappointed. Tally Youngblood, in the Uglies series, began a world-wide (as far as we know) revolution. The natural question becomes, “Then what…?” This book begins some time after the last book in the Uglies series – perhaps a little more than a decade later. Tally’s world was a calm, pretty world (not for the best of reasons, of course, thus the revolution). Now that the “forced” calmness has This was a fun book! I loved the Uglies series and was looking forward to this continuation – I was not disappointed. Tally Youngblood, in the Uglies series, began a world-wide (as far as we know) revolution. The natural question becomes, “Then what…?” This book begins some time after the last book in the Uglies series – perhaps a little more than a decade later. Tally’s world was a calm, pretty world (not for the best of reasons, of course, thus the revolution). Now that the “forced” calmness has been taken away, what will people do? Naturally, our heroine is the daughter of one of the new rulers. He craves nothing but personal power and thus his city, Shreve, is not a place I would want to live… spy dust in the air, making it impossible to say (let alone do) anything against the despotic ruler, restrictions on everything, propagandized news, etc. In his quest for power, he naturally covets the resources of the neighboring city – a more enlightened, freer city. Our heroine is one of identical twins. What’s the catch? Good ole daddy has never let the world know that he has two daughters. One daughter, Rafi, is the face he shows the world. The other, Frey, our heroine, is raised as a body double, trained from a young age in survival and fighting skills. She is only ever let out of her fortress/prison when she is standing in for Rafi in a potentially dangerous situation. Frey, in the guise of her well-known sister, is sent by her father to the neighboring peaceful city ostensibly to form a liaison through marriage to the young prince Palafox. She is immediately accepted by the Palafoxes, though in reality, only to be hostage to guarantee they will not be attacked by Shreve. What they don’t count on is the idea that daddy might be willing to sacrifice his body-double daughter… And what will happen if the Palafoxes discover out she is an impostor? Good stuff and I can’t wait for the next book. I was hoping for a cameo by Tally Youngblood (she is mentioned several times) and I have the definite impression (hope?) that she’ll show up by and by. True rating 4.5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Very intrigued to see where this series will go! Major cliffhanger ending! It took me a little bit to get back into the world, especially since Frey is more or less just a mirror for her sister and it took her a while to really show her own personality.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    **Thank you to Book Expo and Scholastic Press for making this advanced reading copy available to my friend, Sarah... and thank you Sarah for letting me read it first! This short review was not influenced at all by any of the above!** I gave up on the Uglies series at the beginning of Book 3 ("The Specials") because I grew bored. I'm glad that I didn't know this was a continuation of that series before I started to read "Imposters" because I probably wouldn't have read it. Scott Westerfeld is not **Thank you to Book Expo and Scholastic Press for making this advanced reading copy available to my friend, Sarah... and thank you Sarah for letting me read it first! This short review was not influenced at all by any of the above!** I gave up on the Uglies series at the beginning of Book 3 ("The Specials") because I grew bored. I'm glad that I didn't know this was a continuation of that series before I started to read "Imposters" because I probably wouldn't have read it. Scott Westerfeld is not the first author to publish some books and then go back to the series that made him famous (see Michael Grant's book, "Monster", a continuation of his ultra-popular Gone series) but he definitely ranks up there as one of the best. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even without reading the books that came before and can't wait for the continuation of the series. The world of Uglies has changed - no longer are citizens subjected to surgery and the mind-altering effects it brings. There is still upheaval, however... there are a group of rebels determined to change the status quo and bring an end to the ruling classes. Twins Rafi and Frey are the daughters of the most powerful of the rulers and they have a secret. The world only knows Rafi - Frey is merely her body double and has been trained to fight. She appears only when it is too dangerous for the real Rafi to appear in public. And now she has been sent as a hostage to another city - and must keep her secret and stay alive.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jenna | Silver Spines

    HOW DID I NOT REALISE THAT THERE WAS A COVER RELEASE?! Oh my, this series was my first ever dystopian and they introduced me to young adult! I am so excited for this sequel!!! Scott Westerfeld- I am not ready for these emotions and memories to return. BUT I WANT THIS BOOK NOOOW!!!!

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