Review for Tethered Twins by Mike Essex

tethered twins

My Rating: 4/5

Author:  Mikes Essex
Title: Tethered Twins

Genre:  Dystopia

Background: “A gripping dystopian adventure set in an alternate future where every baby is born with a twin, sharing a psychic link from birth. The only catch; if your twin dies you die too.
When Emmie Keyes lives through every agonising moment of her brother’s death she knows with certainty that her life is over. Despite the inevitability of imminent death she unexplainably cheats fate and survives.
Devastated by the loss of her brother and unsure why she was spared, Emmie sets out to discover the truth. She enlists the help of her best friend to help her track down the most powerful man in the world with one goal in mind; finding the truth.
In the first part of this destiny changing trilogy, Emmie finds herself questioning every loyalty she has ever known including the trust of her friends and those she loves. She challenges the very fundamentals of her broken society in her quest to find out why she survived.
In this action packed debut novel that is adrenaline soaked from the very first page you will uncover the truth behind the Tethers that bind Emmie’s world with shocking revelations and mind bending twists along the way.”


Tethered Twins was an action-packed, dystopian society book—first book of a trilogy. The beginning of the book started off intense with the murder of Emmie’s brother and continued to take twists and turns throughout the novel. The reader must try to figure out what exactly is going on and who are really the good guys that Emmie should trust. [I’ll try to keep this all spoiler-free]

The book used first and third person. Emmie was the main character (written as first person) in the book. She lived a hard life especially after she survived when her brother died, denoting something special about her. Banding together with support of her childhood friends, Emmie went on an adventure to discover why her brother was killed and what made her so special that she didn’t die when he did. Secrets were afoot even with her best friend, Grace. Control and power were a focal point for a lot of the characters.

This was a fast-paced novel taken place in the near future England. The world was completely changed after the 21 day siege, and this left implications for the characters in Tethered Twins. The plot provided an intriguing storyline that kept me interested throughout the book. I finished it with two days. The story will leave the reader wanting to know what will happen, especially with the twists at the end.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed this book and would like to read what happens in the upcoming trilogy. There were some questions left unanswered/new questions formed by the end of the book. If you like action dystopian books, you should like this one.