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Impostors is the first book in a spin-off series of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. It is set approximately after the events of the main series and will feature four books.

Frey and Rafi are inseparable...two edges of the same knife. But Frey's very existence is a secret.

Frey is Rafi's twin sister - and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and the world has grown dangerous as the old order falls apart. So while Rafi was raised to be the perfect daughter, Frey has been taught to kill. Her only purpose is to protect her sister, to sacrifice herself for Rafi if she must.

When her father sends Frey in Rafi's place as collateral in a precarious deal, she becomes to perfect impostor - as poised and charming as her sister. But Col, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As the deal starts to crumble, Frey must decide if she can trust him with the truth...and if she can risk becoming her own person.

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This series provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Pulse knives utterly vaporise anything they hit. Though it is something of a subversion since Frey says they aren't very sharp when turned off.
  • Abusive Parents: Frey and Rafi's father
    "This is not normal"
  • Action Girl: Frey.
  • After the End: After the end of the Rusty era and after the Mind Rain
  • Arc Words:
    • "She's not coming to save us."
    • "This is not normal."
  • Becoming the Mask: Happens off and on with Frey
  • Big Bad: Frey and Rafi's father
  • Bilingual Bonus: There are several lines in French and a few in Spanish
  • Body Double: Frey for Rafi.
  • The Cameo: Andrew Simpson Smith
  • Combat Pragmatist: Frey when she kills the unarmed Naya with a pulse knife. Also Rafi and Frey's Father when he sends a missile into the house that Frey is in to destroy his enemies. As well as putting a choker armed with a bomb around Rafi's neck to keep her captive
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  • Crapsack World: Shreve. Frey and Rafi's father is so hated as a leader that his heir needs a body double when she even goes out to a party. He uses old Rusty weapons to quash any sign of rebellion and spy dust, which is illegal in most other cities, to spy on every moment of his citizen's lives.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: Frey and Rafi's father. His methods are dangerous to the planet and that's not am plty threat hanging over all of his actions since the planet has already faced one end from past humans using these same methods. But, as Frey says, "My father will have his way."
  • Dystopia
  • Earpiece Conversation: Cyranos, which dispense information.
  • Eco-Terrorist: The rebels that have taken up Tally's cause.
  • Epigraph: Used throughout the book in the same style as in the Uglies books
  • Fog of Doom: One of the purposes of Frey's pulse knife is its ability to vaporise furniture to provide her a cover of mist in event of an attack
  • Future Slang: Continues in the fashion of Uglies
  • Graffiti of the Resistance: Frey sees several symbols and the words "She's not coming to save us" and realises they were left by the rebels
  • Hourglass Plot: By the end of the novel, Frey is the one by her father's side fully in character as Rafia. Rafia is the one that escaped with the rebels.
  • Hover Board: Sees frequent use
  • La Résistance: The rebels
  • Little "No": Frey when she thinks that her father has caught up to her and her allies
  • Only One Name: Frey and Rafi among other characters
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Tally has mysteriously gone missing, and there are now rebels guarding the wild for her cause.
  • Summon to Hand: Frey's pulse knife
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Frey and Rafi respectively.
  • Trick Arrow: Col Palafox has exploding arrows
  • Weapon of Choice:
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