First Look: Cover Art For ‘Divided’, Book Two Of Elsie Chapman’s ‘Dualed’ Saga [EXCLUSIVE]

This past February, Elsie Chapman’s ’Dualed’ was released to great acclaim – the young adult novel won raves for its suspenseful depiction of a world where everyone has a perfectly identical twin, and after a certain age, only one or the other can survive. 

Now, plans have been announced for ’Divided’, the second book in Chapman’s dystopian saga, and we at MTV Geek have teamed with our friends at Random House to bring you an EXCLUSIVE premiere of the cover art for ’Divided’, a first glimpse of the cover for the upcoming ’Dualed’ paperback edition, and commentary from the author herself!

Book 2, DIVIDED (new in hardcover May 2014)
The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .
West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life. The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future. How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.

DUALED (new in paperback May 2014)

The Hunger Games meets Matched in this high-concept thriller where citizens must prove their worth by defeating the other version of themselves—their twin.

Two of you exist. Only one will survive.

West Grayer is ready. She’s trained for years to confront her Alternate, a twin raised by another family. Survival means a good job, marriage—life. But then a tragic misstep leaves West questioning: Is she the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future? If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from herself, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her. Fast-paced and unpredictable, Elsie Chapman’s suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a chilling, unforgettable world.

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“When my publisher told me they had a final cover for Divided, I had no clue what to expect. They did such an incredible job with Dualed that I wondered if they could achieve that same kind of success again. And since it was a sequel, there were new factors in play that didn’t come up with Dualed—touching upon the overall theme of the series while still being true to its own story arc, the interplay of colours and how the two books would look next to each other, etc.

I shouldn’t have worried because the cover for Divided is amazing.

Just as with Dualed’s cover, West is portrayed as a strong female protagonist (which was really important to me). Both the mirrored maze and her sword hint at the action that takes place in Divided, as well as being reflective of the Alt aspect of the series and West still continuing to deal with that. The cool blue tones are a great complement to the softer and earthier rust tones of Dualed, too. And the designers decided to go with a new font, which means Dualed’s paperback will also feature this change!

As always, my hugest thanks and gratitude to graphic artist Michael Heath and the art department at Random House for giving Divided such a brilliant cover. I love it, and I think it’s absolutely perfect. I hope readers will think so, too!”

Elsie Chapman