[DNF] Linked by Imogen Howson

I read this book on PulseIt.


(Linked #1)
Author: Imogen Howson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BfYR
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Dystopia, Sci-Fi

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere. Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes. Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed. Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world. Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.


This is my second DNF this year and I tell you what – it was really bad. I really want to finish this book, just to see perhaps the last third of the book is at least good enough. Well, as you can see, my original plan failed and I DNFed it when I was 59% of the book.
I don’t know how to put this to words but basically, Linked was soooooo boring that I had no link or connection or whatsoever with any of the characters (see what I did there?) Elissa and Lin – they’re really dull and unlikable. Their chemistry or relationship (or whatever it is) came out as fake to me and I wouldn’t care if they died. Elissa seemed too perfect… too kind? Or too innocent? I hated her.

“Stop it! I can’t – if you don’t see how awful it is to put all those people in danger and not even think about it, not even care, I can’t talk to you. I don’t know what to do with you.”

 – Elissa to Lin

Is it just me or that line does sound cheesy/insincere/fake?

And there’s Lin. This girl has been through a lot so she was quite tolerable at first, but gradually I started to dislike her too. She has this “superpower” called electro kinesis. And she forgets about it when she needs it the most. Wonderful! *That’s sarcasm, obviously* She gets really selfish in the middle of the book and that annoyed the hell out of me. (15 or 16 people are in danger because of YOU, girl. Thank God she finally listens later.) She rarely listens or obeys the order – wait, Elissa doesn’t listen in the beginning either. Elissa is also inconsistent because she wants Lin to stop “killing people” (translation: stop using her electro kinesis, I guess?) but then a few pages later she wants Lin to use her power to get them out of the bad situation?? That happens a few times.

The other characters, like Cadan (I’m sure he’s the love interest) was pretty dull too but he was still tolerable. He’s Captain Jim Kirk from Star Trek wannabe. GAHHH, to put it in short sentence: I didn’t care about the characters. Couldn’t connect with them at all. I rarely hate characters so much but this book… It made me want to scream every existing and made-up swear word at the characters!!

I’m sorry guys if this review is very confusing and doesn’t make any sense because this book was a mess in my opinion.

The worldbuilding is very confusing and there were chunks of paragraphs of info dump about the history of Sekoia – don’t know how it’s spelled correctly but it’s the place where Elissa lives. Don’t ask me anything about worldbuilding cause I understood NOTHING. The pacing is unbelievably slow for a book which is about running away from the government.

All these issues probably come from the writing. I guess it’s meant to be like beautiful prose but it came across as boring and repetitive and too distracting? There are A LOT of paragraphs without any dialogues at all. I got tired of reading it that I skipped a few sentences/paragraphs and I DID NOT MISS ANYTHING IMPORTANT. If you like this quote then you’ll probably enjoy the book more than I did:

“She landed on her side, with a jolt that knocked the breath out of her, and before she could even gasp, before she could even register that she’d landed on the roof, that she was okay, she hadn’t missed it and gone plummeting through miles of empty air – before she could even register the clang that meant Lin must have landed as well – she was sliding. Down and down over cold smooth metal, no handholds, no friction, completely out of control, down and down and around and around, the sky and the sun and the silver flashes of steel spiraling with her, faster and faster, around and around and down and down. Every moment she expected to go flying off the edge, flung out into the empty air.”

 — Elissa after she falls off a roof or something (I already forgot about it.) 

Can anyone explain what the hell is happening??
Linked failed to impress me in any freaking area I couldn’t help but to DNF it. I didn’t connect with the dull characters, I didn’t like the dull writing, confusing worldbuilding and slow pacing. I did not enjoy this book. 59% — that’s all my brain could take. I was in the verge of punching my laptop screen and I couldn’t torture myself any longer. This book didn’t work for me.

1 Cake (DNF)

18 thoughts on “[DNF] Linked by Imogen Howson”

  1. OMG.. THIS ONE SOUNDS HORRIBLE.. And the first quote.. I’m sorry but I was dying of laughter in my corner.. and the second quote.. I was like, WTF IS HAPPENING.. OMG ROUND AND AROUND.. WHOA.. Ya.. This book and I definitely aren’t gonna be buddies.. Great review, Kezia! 😀

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

    1. Shame cause this book has the potential :/ The second quote… I can’t even– “Yes I get it, you are going DOWN AND DOWN AND AROUND AND AROUND, now please, what the heck are you doing?!!” -_- Too many unnecessary words IMO…

  2. Wow, this book really looks dreadful. I recently discovered PulseIt and also came across Linked which I added to my TBR list. But, I’m so glad I read this review before attempting to read Linked. As for the second quote I had to read that about 10 times just to try and understand what was going on – there was way too many commas and needless words.

    Rhaine @ A Bookish Wonderland

    1. Yeah, the second quote… :/ I agree with you, too many needless words made it so confusing…almost impossible to understand unless you read it over and over…

  3. It’s great you put your true opinion on the book. I hate it when bloggers just sugar coat it so I’m glad you stated your honest opinion.
    Well I’m going to be avoiding this book…

  4. Such a shame you didn’t like this one! The premise (though maybe slightly cliché – running from the government and all) does sound like it had a great deal of potential. Especially with the ‘discovery of a twin sister’ thing going on. There’s so much potential there to develop a strong, adorable relationship between the twins…

    Anyway, great review! 😀

    1. Yup I totally agree that it has potential, too bad it’s wasted…the link between twins could’ve worked for me if only the characters hadn’t been so dull 🙁

  5. I agree with Rachel that the premises seems quite promising, but apparently it wasn’t executed very well. Your review is so funny, it’s like when you hate a book so much, you just want to scream and throw it at a wall! 😉

    1. Lol I actually never thought myself as a funny person xD yeah, this book didn’t work out at all for me I literally wanted to pull my hair out when I was reading it :/ Omg, I suddenly have this terrible feeling that my review is too rude … I tried not to be one as much as possible when I wrote it though .___.

  6. Ouch! I had this one in my radar for a while, but the heroine sounds like someone I’d be infuriated with. I’ve seen a lot of promising reviews from others, though, so I’m a bit torn. At least now I know I’ll have to lower my expecations 😉

    Faye @ The Social Potato

    1. I might be the black sheep this time 🙁 You should probably check it out cause the premise has potential. Who knows you might end up liking this better than me :/ But personally, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone…

  7. Yikes! I’m not a fan of books which find it necessarily to drag out one scene with flowery descriptions that do not help in any way whatsoever. It is the easiest way to get me skimming through the book. I’m sorry you DNFed this book, it sounded very bad. Hopefully your next book will be fantastic 🙂

    1. Me neither :/ It makes me wanna skip a lot of sentences or paragraphs… The book I just finished reading was pretty good actually! Thanks for commenting 😀

  8. So all that info-dumping kinda just…EXPLODED?! Gosh, I knew it wasn’t good but I didn’t realize it was THAT bad. Those quotes are seriously uninteresting and seem like cardboard cut-outs esque going on. *table flip!* And coming from Linked (Linked #1) I’m guessing this is going to be a series…I don’t think this is a book for me.

    Haha, but on a side-not, love your venting out for this book! XD

    1. That info-dump exploded for 2 or 3 pages. I attempted re-reading those pages but I couldn’t understand a thing cause (1) The writing style, (2) I was already far too bored, (3) It’s kinda confusing. The second quote is the worst I think, so many unnecessary words…

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