Duplicity

Finished Duplicity by N.K. Traver.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 façade. 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 no one will even know he’s gone.”

I absolutely love the  premise of this book.  It’s incredibly unique and I love that this urban legend the hackers have turn out to be true.  (Can you imagine if other urban legends turn out to be true and there’s this guy who keeps losing his hook in car doors?)
I liked Brandon, too, although he’s one of those people who doesn’t seem to accept responsibility for his actions.  (For example, he has a horrible relationship with his parents, but he’s pretty rude to them and he keeps getting all these tattoos and piercings, which might have something to do with the relationship not being awesome all the time.)
But even though he can be a bit of a brat at times, he’s also incredibly loyal and really, really smart.  I tend to root for really, really smart people.
I’m pretty sure this is going to have a sequel.  At least, I hope it will.  I’m excited to know what comes next.
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