Impostors
Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadow’s of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life.

Impostors Details

TitleImpostors
Author
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Press
ISBN-139781338151510
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Impostors Review

  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    CAN 2018 GET ANY BETTER?!?! THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A DRILL. SCOTT WESTERFELD IS GOING TO WRITE FOUR NEW BOOKS IN THE WORLD OF THE UGLIES SERIES. COUNT ME THE FUCK IN!!! THIS IS HONESTLY THE BEST NEWS EVER!!! UGLIES WAS ONE OF THE FIRST YA SERIES I READ WHEN I WAS LIKE FOURTEEN YEARS OLD SO STILL A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AND AAAAAHHHH I LOVED THESE BOOKS TO THE CORE. WOW. JUST WOW. SO EXCITED *-*
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  • ♆Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATE: THE BLURB IS OUT AND MY GAWDDDDDD WHY IS SEPTEMBER SO FAR AWAY?!?!OMFG! I remember LOVING the Uglies series. It was such a unique and creepy concept. I'm excited, I'm excited, I'm excited.
  • Fables&Wren
    January 1, 1970
    WrensReads Review:HERE IT IS I AM SO HAPPY I CAN'T AHHHH MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE EVER!Also, I will say when I saw the trailer I thought it was becoming a movie franchise or something... BUT THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER. SO MANY STORIES TO BE TOLD IN THIS WORLD I AM SO BEYOND EXCITED!WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    SOMEONE PINCH ME I HAVE TO BE DREAMING. When I saw the trailer and read the info on Westerfeld's website, I started sobbing. I don't think I'm okay.
  • grace ⚯͛ (gracelwrites)
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY SHIT.i remember reading the books and being very caught up in them. AND GUYS.G U Y S.I'M VERY EXCITED. i think i'll have to reread the entire series to catch up with everything—not that i'm complaining though! maybe this will be the year i go back to my dystopian novel roots, since it seems that the science fiction/dystopian genre is making a comeback with sequels to the shatter me trilogy, the darkest minds, and all that.
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  • Bec
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.Love me a twisty scifi from an old fave!
  • Ricky
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't really enjoy the way Extras returned to the Uglies 'verse after the original trilogy ended. Props to Westerfeld for giving us some diversity with Aya and the futuristic Japanese setting, of course, but what I remember of the plot was just way too nonsensical.But to think there's going to be a new four-part series exploring the world all over again?Here's hoping Impostors is the start of something great and new. :DThanks to Ginny for bringing this to my attention!
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    HOW DID I NOT REALISE THAT THERE WAS A COVER RELEASE?!Oh my, this series was my first ever dystopian and they introduced me to young adult! I am so excited for this sequel!!! Scott Westerfeld- I am not ready for these emotions and memories to return.BUT I WANT THIS BOOK NOOOW!!!!
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  • Karyn Silverman
    January 1, 1970
    Done and will work for kids,especially uglies fans in middle school who still like formulaic and familiar books. For me, I’m feeling over this world, especially since the story feels a bit like a rehash. It was fast and enjoyable, but not deeply satisfying.
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  • Amy Bartelloni
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick, exciting read. Great characters and a fast moving plot. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    **Thank you to Book Expo and Scholastic Press for making this advanced reading copy available to my friend, Sarah... and thank you Sarah for letting me read it first! This short review was not influenced at all by any of the above!**I gave up on the Uglies series at the beginning of Book 3 ("The Specials") because I grew bored. I'm glad that I didn't know this was a continuation of that series before I started to read "Imposters" because I probably wouldn't have read it. Scott Westerfeld is not **Thank you to Book Expo and Scholastic Press for making this advanced reading copy available to my friend, Sarah... and thank you Sarah for letting me read it first! This short review was not influenced at all by any of the above!**I gave up on the Uglies series at the beginning of Book 3 ("The Specials") because I grew bored. I'm glad that I didn't know this was a continuation of that series before I started to read "Imposters" because I probably wouldn't have read it. Scott Westerfeld is not the first author to publish some books and then go back to the series that made him famous (see Michael Grant's book, "Monster", a continuation of his ultra-popular Gone series) but he definitely ranks up there as one of the best. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even without reading the books that came before and can't wait for the continuation of the series.The world of Uglies has changed - no longer are citizens subjected to surgery and the mind-altering effects it brings. There is still upheaval, however... there are a group of rebels determined to change the status quo and bring an end to the ruling classes. Twins Rafi and Frey are the daughters of the most powerful of the rulers and they have a secret. The world only knows Rafi - Frey is merely her body double and has been trained to fight. She appears only when it is too dangerous for the real Rafi to appear in public. And now she has been sent as a hostage to another city - and must keep her secret and stay alive.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING I HAVE NEVER WANTED ANYTHING MORE IN MY ENTIRE LIFE GUYS SCOTT IS WRITING FOUR (FOUR!) NEW UGLIES BOOKS!!!!!Fun fact: Scott once replied to me on Twitter and I haven't changed my username since (I used to change my username A LOT.)
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  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    Well I have to say I never thought I'd add another YA dystopia to my TBR but I guess I have to make the exception for new Uglies books. Kind of the originals of the trend, really. Welcome back.
  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars!! Full RTC.
  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t believe how great this was. I didn’t dare hope it would be as good as the first three books but it’s awesome - including answering questions about how the world organizes after the mind rain.
  • Rayna
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Westerfeld novel I’ve ever read and it is 100% a 5/5 read for me.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I received this advanced readers copy from my library director, who scored it at Book Expo America.Rafi and Frey are the president's twin daughters, but the public only knows about Rafi. Frey has been trained to protect Rafi her whole life. Rafi is only allowed to appear in public during heavily secured events, while Frey poses as Rafi when there is any possibility of an assassination attempt. But now their father wants Frey to pose as Rafi while also being used as a hostage with the leading fam I received this advanced readers copy from my library director, who scored it at Book Expo America.Rafi and Frey are the president's twin daughters, but the public only knows about Rafi. Frey has been trained to protect Rafi her whole life. Rafi is only allowed to appear in public during heavily secured events, while Frey poses as Rafi when there is any possibility of an assassination attempt. But now their father wants Frey to pose as Rafi while also being used as a hostage with the leading family in a nearby city. The Victorian Palafoxes will think that the president is sending his daughter as a guarantee that he means no harm, but Frey knows her father is much more nefarious than that. Away from his influence and out in the world for the first time, Frey discovers first love with Col, the son of the Palafoxes, and a secret rebellion that might mean the end of her father's regime.I was very excited about a new book in the Uglies series, although aside from some of the slang, you really don't need to have read the rest of the series (maybe the first couple of books... but just because they're good!). Frey was such a great character, used to being an impostor and impersonating her sister, which leads to most other people not trusting her. Towards the end, I found myself not trusting her entirely, but mostly because I could feel her hatred of her father and her intense love for her twin sister, and I couldn't quite get a handle on how her sister felt about their father - which means that Rafi might not be all about a rebellion like Frey is. There are definitely some parallels that could be drawn to today's society, with the control over news media. Overall this was a great addition to the series!
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  • Marisa Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Welp. Never been so fast to preorder. Uglies is my favorite series, so... I'm going to own this book without even knowing anything about it. I'm going to read it. Please be deliciously good and brilliant and full of boggling ideas.
  • thegirlonfire
    January 1, 1970
    i finished tis book yesterday night, its very fast pace and addicting, but some parts i was a bit lost but thats maybe bc i wasnt paying much attention or wasnt into some parts as much as others,also sometimes i get confused bc english is not my native language..but other than that this was a very entertaining book and i missed this world and pulse knifes and hovercars and all the uglies series futuristic stuff . that ending got me excited for book 2 and i also really like the main characters, f i finished tis book yesterday night, its very fast pace and addicting, but some parts i was a bit lost but thats maybe bc i wasnt paying much attention or wasnt into some parts as much as others,also sometimes i get confused bc english is not my native language..but other than that this was a very entertaining book and i missed this world and pulse knifes and hovercars and all the uglies series futuristic stuff . that ending got me excited for book 2 and i also really like the main characters, frey is a badass
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    I never finished the Uglies series so I was a little confused starting out (my fault), but this still gave me the honey nut feelios.So, uh, when's the next book??
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    OMG!!!!!! I HAVE AN ARC FOR ONE OF THE FIRST SCI-FI SERIES I EVER READ THAT MADE ME LOVE THE GENRE!!!! DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS??????
  • Clare Snow
    January 1, 1970
    That's a yes from me!
  • Alexis U
    January 1, 1970
    WH A T
  • Jess.
    January 1, 1970
    Holy shit?! My 12 year old self who in 2005 read and loved this series is screaming her guts out right now. Four More Books. FOUR!
  • J. A. Goetz
    January 1, 1970
    When I first read Scott Westerfeld was expanding the Uglies series, I was over the moon, and a little nervous. I hold the original Uglies trilogy near and dear to my heart. I read Extras, Mind-Rain, and Bogus to Bubbly with sheer delight. I've loved everything Westerfeld has written since, but could a new story in Tally Youngblood's world live up to my expectations? It's been years since the Mind-Rain, and Tally isn't around to save anyone. While Aya's home city in Japan settled into an economy When I first read Scott Westerfeld was expanding the Uglies series, I was over the moon, and a little nervous. I hold the original Uglies trilogy near and dear to my heart. I read Extras, Mind-Rain, and Bogus to Bubbly with sheer delight. I've loved everything Westerfeld has written since, but could a new story in Tally Youngblood's world live up to my expectations? It's been years since the Mind-Rain, and Tally isn't around to save anyone. While Aya's home city in Japan settled into an economy based on reputation and fame last we read in Extras, things have taken a darker turn elsewhere. Freedom has a way of destroying things, as Tally warned us.Thanks to terrifying and shocking technology that I won't spoil (it's cool and eerie to read about), there is no true freedom in the city of Shreve. This technology keeps Frey's father in control, and the citizens under his thumb. But Frey is focused on one thing and one thing only - keeping her twin sister Rafi safe. While Rafi has been raised to charm people, Frey has been raised to fight and protect. The novel starts off with a bang. During as assassination attempt, Frey proudly saves her sister's life. It's all she's ever wanted - to fulfill her purpose in life. Frey feels complete.Then their father sends Frey on a dangerous mission, while Rafi stays behind. Instead of protecting her sister, Frey has to pretend to be Rafi, every minute of every day. The mission starts to fall apart quickly, and Frey must make tough decisions about who to trust, what to fight for, and ultimately who she wants to be.In short, I devoured the novel and can't wait to read it again.To go more in depth, Frey pulled me in immediately and swept me along an emotional roller coaster of an adventurous journey.The story is well-paced, and moved beyond the back cover copy information faster than I expected, which left a lot of unexpected turns and reveals to be discovered. While brief mentions of Tally Youngblood made me long for her to be more involved in later books, in the end it felt right the book focused solely on Frey to properly establish her character.Adventure, danger, and rebellion fill the pages. The romance fit in well without taking over the storyline.The ending left my dying for the next book, and after the book is released I'll add to this review, including my reaction to the ending with a spoiler warning added.Until then, thanks for reading!
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so good!! And that ending! 😱😱😱 The wait for book 2 is going to feel eternal! 😭 A friend of a friend sent me this extra ARC she got and I was so excited to read it!! I marathon-re-read the Uglies series (which I LOVED when I read it back in college) before reading this one. I had been wanting to re-read those books since these additional books were announced! So I'm glad I did, and I'm glad my memory was refreshed, but you probably don't have to read those books for this one to make This book was so good!! And that ending! 😱😱😱 The wait for book 2 is going to feel eternal! 😭 A friend of a friend sent me this extra ARC she got and I was so excited to read it!! I marathon-re-read the Uglies series (which I LOVED when I read it back in college) before reading this one. I had been wanting to re-read those books since these additional books were announced! So I'm glad I did, and I'm glad my memory was refreshed, but you probably don't have to read those books for this one to make sense.This book has a much darker feel than the other Uglies books. In those books, there is peace and stability (even if due to the wrong causes), and in this book, there is war and corruption. It threw me a little at first, so it took me a bit to get into the story. But the premise was so interesting, and soon I didn't want to put it down! Also, I was worried I'd feel the same way about it that I felt about Extras, and I can assure you: this is sooooo much better than Extras! (But speaking of Extras, I'm kind of surprised more stuff from that book wasn't mentioned in this one.)I really enjoyed this book, but it wasn't perfect. It seemed odd to me that they were still using the same slang from 15 years ago in this world's timeline (when the events of the first trilogy took place), when language changes happen ridiculously fast. That may be a minor gripe, but there were also a couple instances where I was taken out of the story because I couldn't follow the story logic. Maybe that was on me, but continuing to read always revealed the reasons things went down the way they did and I was able to get back into the story and immerse myself again. Despite those hiccups, this book is full of suspense and action that kept me on the edge of my seat. So many times, I was sitting here thinking, OMG PLEASE LET EVERYTHING GO ACCORDING TO PLAN! 😰 I love it when books make me panic!I can't wait to see what happens in the next books, omgggggg!!!!!
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    I received this (signed and personalized!! 🤩😍🙌🏻) ARC at Book Expo America after being one of the first people on line at Scott Westerfeld’s autograph line. The Uglies Series are my favorite books period. This book does not change that at all. I put off reading it for so long because I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it for the first time ever again. I also knew that not only would I have to wait for the sequels to come out, I would need to wait for the book itself to come out. I meant to take my I received this (signed and personalized!! 🤩😍🙌🏻) ARC at Book Expo America after being one of the first people on line at Scott Westerfeld’s autograph line. The Uglies Series are my favorite books period. This book does not change that at all. I put off reading it for so long because I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it for the first time ever again. I also knew that not only would I have to wait for the sequels to come out, I would need to wait for the book itself to come out. I meant to take my time reading it, but I COULD NOT put it down. I have always wanted to know more about the world of Uglies and the how the mind rain affected the rest of the planet. Extras showed a little of this, and was not bad, but it left me with even more questions. Imposters has left me with a lot to think about and definitely a ton of questions. But Westerfeld is definitely the master storyteller the description on the back of the book labels him as. He has a way of weaving his universes in a way that keeps you coming back for more.I’ve been recommending his books for a long time and this one is no exception. You do not need to have read the other Uglies books to be able to follow along with this story, though they will undoubtedly add more to your understanding of the universe in which the books take place.Read this book and hopefully you will fall in love with the series just like I did over 10 years ago. I’m so excited that I get to be back in the Uglies world, and I hope you are too.5/5
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start off by saying that I do not read YA books almost ever, but I did read every uglies book as they came out, so I decided to read the ARC of impostors to review it. Although this story is far removed from the events of Uglies, the world feels similar. The language is very similar (words such as bubbly). They mention objects that were mentioned in the original series, such as "spagbol", which if you don't remember, is a survival food where you just need to add water. Scott Westerfeld se Let me start off by saying that I do not read YA books almost ever, but I did read every uglies book as they came out, so I decided to read the ARC of impostors to review it. Although this story is far removed from the events of Uglies, the world feels similar. The language is very similar (words such as bubbly). They mention objects that were mentioned in the original series, such as "spagbol", which if you don't remember, is a survival food where you just need to add water. Scott Westerfeld seems much more ambitious this time around. He mentions language, even having some characters speak multiple languages. The only time he came close to this was in the book "Extras" where he mentions that the characters don't speak English once Tally can't communicate with them. The discussion topics in the book also feel different, with topics such as violence, or free will. A lot of the story has philosophical undertones. Westerfeld compares the Democratic city of Victoria to the Totalitarian Government of Shreve. Even the fact that the two main characters are identical twins brings out conversations of nature vs. nurture. For example, if they had been born in a different order, would this book have turned out any different? Things such as this are even teased throughout the book.Overall I thought that this book doesn't quite live up to the original series that I read as a kid, but you will absolutely not be disappointed if you read it.
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  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    A fantastic read. I've read Uglies, but not in quite a long time, and I still was able to follow this perfectly. I'm very eager to know what happens next! I'll have to watch out for the next one, hopefully not too long from now.Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way.He takes my right hand. Something electric goes through those knitted bones. "Don't apologize, Rafi. And don't worry. I'll make sure Jefa keeps her promise."He touches his lips to my hand. Just for a moment."J'en mettra A fantastic read. I've read Uglies, but not in quite a long time, and I still was able to follow this perfectly. I'm very eager to know what happens next! I'll have to watch out for the next one, hopefully not too long from now.Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way.He takes my right hand. Something electric goes through those knitted bones. "Don't apologize, Rafi. And don't worry. I'll make sure Jefa keeps her promise."He touches his lips to my hand. Just for a moment."J'en mettrais ma main au feu," he says.I'm staring at my hand, at his lips.The cyrano translates in my ear - I put my hand in the fire.What do they mean, those words? That kiss? Is this how the seal promises in Victoria? Or is it the start of something else?I don't know anything about kissing.His dark eyes lock with mine. No one looks at me this intently, except Naya, when she's sizing up me weaknesses. I feel measured, scanned, defenceless.Then Col lets go and turns towards the hallway."We should get back to the party," he says.I nod dumbly. Suddenly that swirl of music, fire, and projectiles seeems safer than being alone with him.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    The readership of the Uglies series won't be able to contain themselves with this offshoot in which the mind-rain threw the world in a different direction and bubblyheaded pretties no longer rule. Societies are now digging up and using the metal, but nothing is ever perfect and certainly not in Rafia and Frey's family. Their father, the leader, has raised Frey to be a deadly assassin body double for her twin sister, Rafia, who is his prized possession after the abduction of his son and death of The readership of the Uglies series won't be able to contain themselves with this offshoot in which the mind-rain threw the world in a different direction and bubblyheaded pretties no longer rule. Societies are now digging up and using the metal, but nothing is ever perfect and certainly not in Rafia and Frey's family. Their father, the leader, has raised Frey to be a deadly assassin body double for her twin sister, Rafia, who is his prized possession after the abduction of his son and death of his wife. Now Frey is going into the belly of the beast as collateral for her father's new venture without endangering Rafia and meets Col, the son of a rival group, the Palafoxes. But she's got her own plans (namely a devious one that pits her against her father). Sometimes it seemed like Westerfeld added his hypnotic language from the first books in the series as an afterthought to make the connection-- I actually wish there was MORE of it because it was what made the Uglies series so revolutionary. But the action is amazing and why Westerfeld shouldn't have left this series for as long as he did!
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