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Review by Suze
Normally the Redwing (non-human) baby of twins conceived by a human and an Other is being drowned. The children don't get any names and they aren't supposed to live. But a Redwing has survived and her father is keeping her hidden. Her sister Jey has had the chance to live a normal life, pretending to be an only child. Redwings are supposed to be evil and the priests are doing everything they can to spread the word about how wicked they are and how they should never get a chance to live. They also execute possible Redwings. Only Jey's sister is just a regular girl. She maybe has a little bit of power, but she isn't very different from her sister and she has a big heart. Why should they execute someone who isn't evil at all?
When Jey asks her sister to switch places wit her she can finally come out of hiding. There's one difference though. Jey's eyes are brown and her sister's are blue, so she should avoid people who can recognize her. Jey's work is with plants and her sister loves that job. Her father has taught her everything he knows. When she meets the son of the Empress she flirts with him. This leads to more outside time, which is really dangerous. Redwings aren't safe and when she suddenly has nowhere to go Jey's sister needs allies. She finds out she has a mission to accomplish and it isn't an easy task to fulfill...
The Hidden Twin is an unusual story. There's nothing I can compare it to. The world building is strange. There's a city, with an Empress and the city is built on a volcano that has an identity. It's a lot to take in, but I decided to let every expectation go and see where the story would lead me. It's enjoyable and different and I liked that about it. The main character doesn't have a name at the beginning of the book. She does have a personality though. She's feisty and isn't afraid to speak up. She has a great sense of humor and she's brave. It's obvious from the start that the stories the priests tell about Redwings aren't true. She's looking for answers and constantly has to find out who's good and who's evil. I liked that it wasn't all black and white.
Adi Rule has a great writing style and I love her imagination. She showed me an original and creative new world and I enjoyed reading about it very much. The Hidden Twin isn't an easy story. It took me a while to wrap my head around everything I was reading, but once I let the feeling go that I had to understand it all completely I had fun reading this book. The reader will get some answers, but there's also the opportunity to let your own imagination fill in part of the story. I recommend it to anyone who loves to read a creative book.