Duplicity (Hardcover)

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A rebellious teenage boy, Brandon, hacks bank accounts just because he can. With a mirror reflection that has gone rogue and thinks it can live Brandon's life better than Brandon himself, Brandon ends up switching places with his reflection. There, he gets trapped in a digital reality and punished for being a hacker. I thought ​Duplicity was a wonderful book because it was engaging and new. I haven't read anything like it. I would recommend ​Duplicity to any reader that enjoys young adult and science fiction novels. 

— Ellery, TC Teen Advisory Board member

Duplicity focuses on a teenage hacker named Brandon, who has work-driven parents, causing him to feel unworthy and rebelious. However, he falls in love with a good girl, Emma, who makes him feel wanted. As he hacks deeper and deeper, Brandon is hijacked by something inside his mind. He tries to tells Emma, but instead, he is traded with the Brandon in the mirror, he calles Obran. Obran tries to fix up Brandon's life while Brandon is somehow trapped in a computer server. This is a fun, easy read with strong character developemt and a straight-forward, yet thrilled plot. I would highly recommend it!

— Madison, student at Jefferson Academy Secondary in Broomfield, CO


A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both.

In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he's worked hard to maintain that facade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he's learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he'll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires.

Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface - and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon's reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something--washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for ... pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it's preparing to trade places.

And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he's going to have to face some hard truths about who he's become. Otherwise he'll be stuck in a digital hell until he's old and gray, and Emma and his parents won't even know he's gone.

Huffington Post lists N. K. Traver's Duplicity as part of one of the great YA book trends to look for in 2015 --don't miss it

About the Author

As a freshman at the University of Colorado, N.K. TRAVER decided to pursue Information Technology because classmates said "no one could make a living" with an English degree. It wasn't too many years later Traver realized it didn't matter what the job paid--nothing would ever be as fulfilling as writing. Programmer by day, writer by night, it was only a matter of time before the two overlapped. Duplicity is Traver's first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250059147
ISBN-10: 1250059143
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: March 17th, 2015
Pages: 256
Language: English