by Rachel Cohn
Suggested Ages: 14+ (Sexuality and minor violence)
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Description: Elysia is created in a
laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no
life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a
teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to
die in order for Elysia to exist.
Elysia's purpose is to serve the
inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on
earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even
the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island's
workers--soulless clones like Elysia--are immune to.
Elysia's life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's
human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what,
exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island's flawless
exterior, there is an under-current of discontent among Demesne's worker
clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not
care--so why are overpowering sensations cloud-ing Elysia's mind?
anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend
to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one
chance at happi-ness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions
she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror,
and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to
Mini Book Review: I was intrigued by this book and loved most of it. However the last 1/4 of the book felt rushed, and just made no sense. I don't want to spoil anything but a surprise plot twist just didn't work for me as it was out of character. It reminded me at times of Blade Runner in its treatments of the Clones and their rights (Also mentioned as replicants - hence the connection) which I found truly fascinating. To me it was a fabulous premise that was poorly executed at times. I really wanted to love this more as the premise is one that truly intrigues me, but I just felt at times that the author had a fabulous idea and was pressured by the publisher to execute it. That being said it was good enough for me to pick up the next copy in the series. Working at a bookstore with a minor knowledge in publishing I understand the plethora of trilogies but I truly am getting sick of them -- give me more standalone novels.
I picked up a copy of this at BEA and did not have to publish a review
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