Clan by Realm Lovejoy
Release Date: 11/12/13
Summary from Goodreads:
Clans are Unity.
No variation. No deviation.
On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy.
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet.
Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank.
But he did. Illegally.
He is different from the other Clans.
A secret that could destroy him.
"In this fast-paced novel, Lovejoy uses economical prose while developing the story’s characters and setting in detail. She also meets the challenge of creating memorable characters in a world of identical people..." (Read more here!)
My ReviewThis book is really something else. I'm really into sci-fi. I had high expectations for this book, and I must say, I was pretty impressed. One thing that struck me about the paperback was the illustrations. Oh. My. Gosh. For those who have the ebook, I'm sorry to say that you're missing out. It really added an extra something to the book. I enjoyed studying them to see how they related to the scene, and how Realm Lovejoy imagined this scene to be like.. It was nice. It was different. The entire book was in third person, and was told from the POV of three boys: 1249 (aka Buster), 1672 (aka Twain), and
So I liked Twain from the beginning. It was weird at first because he almost had no personality of his own. Almost. When it starts getting into what the society should be like, you notice just how different Twain always was. Even before the mutation is mentioned or revealed. (I must say that I totally guessed the mutation right. I don't know if it was predictable, or if I'm just awesome. But somehow I had a feeling.) It was really something else to him try to fit in, but also... aspire for something else, I guess. It's hard to describe.
Chad, for example, considered himself to be a perfect Clan. And in a way, he really was. He truly believed in Unity and such. The only ironic/hypocritical part about Unity was that, well. Differences were unacceptable. It makes sense, of course. But think about it. How Unified are they if differences tear them apart? Is it just me? But anyways. Chad irritated me for some time, but eventually he grew on me.
I was if-y about Buster for a while. I wasn't really sure how to feel about him. But as it went on, I found myself feeling very sympathetic. To me, he's the most humane one. The other Clans just scare me. Buster recognizes what's wrong with the society.
So what is wrong with the society? Well, they're all clones. Of the same guy. Weird?
Yeah, it gets weirder, trust me.
I won't give anything away. But I will say that I was surprised. There were so many aspects that I hadn't even considered. The book wasn't very explicit. There was a bit of language. It threw me off at first, but you get used to it.
It had a decent pace. From the beginning, there was action here, action there. It kind of all exploded at the end (figuratively speaking). I had trouble keeping up with everything that was happening. I suggest reading the last few chapters kind of slow. Just because there is a lot to take in.
Overall, I was impressed. Cloning is certainly an interesting issue and I like the way it was presented. Especially the epilogue. That was great. Like I always say, I love books that make me think. And this certainly made me think. I couldn't just be disgusted or appalled or shocked. I had to actually take into account the kind of world they live in. Not that it makes anything right. But it makes it understandable.
The only thing I might have wished for was a few more glimpses of Earth. What it's like now.
Everything takes place on Clades, and it leaves me wondering.
Rating: 4 stars
Why: I was impressed and I really enjoyed it. Not in love with it, but it really is good.
Recommendation: sci-fi lovers, definitely. People who love action and dystopian societies. Also, people who love illustrations. That may sound a bit weird, but if you enjoy a little extra something, the illustrations are great.
Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan. Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West.
Realm aspires to tell stories through her writing and art.
She is agented by Jessica Regel.
Her upcoming YA sci-fi novel is titled CLAN, due 2013.
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