The Unquiet by Mikaela EverettThe Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

The Unquiet

byMikaela Everett

Hardcover | September 22, 2015

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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.

Mikaela Everett has lived all over the world, from Africa to Australia, and now lives in Alberta, Canada. She graduated from university in 2011, with a degree in biological sciences. This is her first book.
Title:The UnquietFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006238127X

ISBN - 13:9780062381279

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I really enjoyed the book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre. The premise of the book is very interesting and something that I have not read before. The way the war is fought is very interesting. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasant story The Unquiet has a mediocre, plain cover that does not seem to captivate readers as much as the book actually did. I was extremely captivated with it from the first moment I set my eyes and scanned the summary. Two identical, alternative worlds—Earths. Carbon copies of the same person—leaving readers wondering if they are exactly alike—by lifestyle, looks and so on. There is many things that I wondered before I picked this one up. At the same time, I did not want some roboty, technical dystopian story that is about saving the world. Minus the robots, this is what this was kind of about, but in the end, the realization hit me: What else could this book possibly be about other than a group of teenagers trying to get back home? This is not The Wizard of Oz. Mikaela Everett does not create a protagonist who resembles Dorothy, who has encountered a traumatic experience leaving her torn away from the things she loves. She is not encountering friends on the way and evil. Those were lies. This could be compared to something in that sense, but I found so much more depth in this story than a simple fairytale that I fell in love with when I was a kid. This is not a fairytale to fool readers. This is a deep, well-worth-the-while read that will cause people to create theories, to think about parallel universes, destiny, fate, and the decisions that we constantly make. Every time I click a key on the keyboard, I have just made a new decision. Count the amount of characters in this review, those are ____ decisions that I have made. Interesting to think about, no? (I am actually pretty proud of that theory, to be honest. Courtesy to me, my friends!) Mikaela Everett features that alternate universe idea that I have been mentioning for the past two paragraphs. Lirael, our "Dorothy" in this case, has been training for all of her life. Ever since she has been placed onto this alternate Earth, she has wanted to come back to her actual home. She is orphaned, living in a little cottage in the middle of nowhere, and just wants to kill her duplicate self so she could be reunited with the ones she loves and once knew. Two copies of the same things cannot exist. It/They disappear from one Earth, the other stays on the other. It is the way the "magical" rules work in Everett's mindset here. I adore it. "Love is what they have. The people of this Earth. Not us. Look how weak it has made them." (41) The beginning of this whole fiasco was elegant. No seriously, the plot of this began so well and was consistent for a majority of the first portion of the story. I got to know Lirael's story very quickly with just the right amount of detail that I would like from a character. I imagined the house/cottage that she and the others lived in so vividly—the imagery descriptions were on point. I made predictions and theories from the first chapter, honestly. Everything went so well until the middle where I became bored. Pacing is extremely important for me when I am enjoying a story. It has to make sense. The ultimate goal for the characters of this book was to get to the other Earth, and that occurred in the midway point of the novel, when I highly believe that it could have occurred in the last bit. Lirael's wishes come true, and then readers are dumped into a mould of slow-paced writing, boring family scenes and nothing. Much. Happening. It's slower than molasses spreading from a spoon to a bowl. Or from the jar to a spoon. You get my simile use, right? Thankfully, I connected with Lirael. I liked her attitude—it was positive and she never wanted to take anyone's bad comments and take those seriously. She kicked butt, and I just felt that ultimate reader-character connection that always makes me tingle. After getting to know the other characters, I cannot imagine the book set in anyone else's perspective. She was that perfect cookie-cutter example of a protagonist for a dystopian novel.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Ideas, Poor Execution There are some STELLAR ideas in this book but unfortunately the execution was such a mess that I just couldn't get into it. The plot is needlessly stretched by uninteresting backstory and weird time jumps. It felt like it took half the book for anything to really happen. The writing was so distant that I never felt like I really got to know the characters, let alone like them or care about what happened to them. This distance also made it hard to get into the story. The plot just felt so disjointed and random. There was no emotion from the characters to provide a rationale for their actions and it felt like the author switched her focus several times throughout the story.
Date published: 2015-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just slightly creepy read. The Unquiet is about a girl named Lirael who is from the other Earth, Earth II. Both earths are exact clones of each other, but Earth II is dying and they believe that two earths cannot exist at the same time. So Earth II sent sleepers to Earth I to kill their alternate and take over their lives. Lirael has been a cottage girl, training all her life to take over her alternate's life and The Unquiet follows her journey and the struggles she faces in her effort to become a sleeper. This book was super creepy in the beginning, since it talks a lot about the cottages and the way Lirael and the other children learn to be strong and to be "better" than the children of Earth I. The entirety of the novel has an echo of that creepy vibe from the beginning of the novel, but not quite as strong as it was in those first couple of pages, since it does flash forward a couple years. The plot of the novel was really interesting and captivating as well. We read from the point of view of the alternate Lirael, the sleeper. We get to see into the mindset of someone who has been trained all her life to take over another person's life. I found it really dragged me into the story as I watched Lirael struggle with her own identity and also be a good sleeper at the same time. The Unquiet is a captivating novel about alternate versions of people and identity. It's a novel that's just slightly creepy and set in a future earth. Overall, this novel is an interesting read and I recommend it to those who are interested in sci-fi.
Date published: 2015-09-24

Editorial Reviews

“A slow-burn type of novel…[Lira’s] lack of any inclination towards heroism…makes her a fascinating character, especially among the valiant Katniss lookalikes found in so many dystopias.”