Cohn, Rachel (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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"On a futuristic island paradise where humans are served by enslaved clones, a sixteen-year-old clone named Elysia seeks her own freedom"--
Authors: Cohn, Rachel
Statement of Responsibility: Rachel Cohn
Title: Beta
Publisher: New York :, Hyperion,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 331 p. ;,24 cm.
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Report This Sep 04, 2013
  • ilovebooks_purple rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really liked the concept of this book: clones, betas, aquines, their role in society, etc. That was what gave the book its 3.5 stars. I didn't like the storyline and how the authour chose to write it. There were many times in the story when I really wanted to give up on it and to stop me from thinking that, I had to read the last very page of the book to see if it had an interesting ending. It did. And that made me curious about the rest of the book, so I continued it. Although I knew there was an extremely interesting ending to the book, I had to skim most of the book. Most of the book was dragged on too much. Instead of being 331 pages, I could imagine it being around 200 pages. I would only recommend this book if you have nothing else to read. It isn't that bad of a book, but paranormal fans would be disappointed. In my opinion.

Report This Aug 06, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Completely captivating first book in a new series about the ethics of human cloning, this is set in a future dystopian time period after the Water Wars and when both the Hustle and the Macarena are considered ancient dances. Somewhat similar in style to the movie The Island, but with enough plot differences to not be a copycat. Definitely looking forward to the sequel, set to be released in 2014.

Report This Jul 31, 2013
  • janelleharrison rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is amazing I am totally & is there a sequel?

Report This Jul 11, 2013
  • katerys rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

READ THE BOOK? SKIP DOWN TO THE "---" Ok. Just a warning. Fair warning. I will be talking, and without planning, I might ACCIDENTALLY SPOIL PARTS OF THE BOOK FOR PEOPLE. Haven't read this? Give it a try then come back and read this. --- I read this, and loved it for too many reasons to explain. My friend read it, and hated it. She said she hated how Elysia didn't know anything, and instantly trusted those around her. At first I defended the book, saying it was because she had just emerged as a clone, but I am re-reading it now... And I see what my friend meant. All the times Elysia immediatly goes along with what is happening and doesn't question anything really changed my point of view on the book. I think the first time you read this, you either love it or hate it. If you love it and re-read it, different parts of the book stand out more and change your opinion or perspective of this book. --- I do recommend this. Good read. If I could, I'd give it a 4.2. Above mediocre, but not OHMYGODTHISISAMAZING. 4.5 stars is a bit high, I think.

Report This Jun 06, 2013
  • WestSeattleTeenLibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Elysia is cloned from a dead girl and sold to a wealthy family on a luxury island. She supposedly cannot feel or think for herself, but she is a Beta, and she soon discovers she has a whole self yet to be explored.

Report This Jun 05, 2013
  • choir_nerd_000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

really cool book, I like the whole everything isn't as perfect as it seems thing

Report This Mar 25, 2013
  • Futuregohangurl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

it was an ok book started out good but got dull in the middle. i skipped to the ending so i know what happens and its set up for a sequel

Report This Feb 06, 2013
  • littleangel4 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good book. really liked it. gives you an interesting future of the earth

Report This Jan 19, 2013
  • Annfree rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book, looking for a sequel now!!!!

Report This Jan 09, 2013
  • MariyamN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! The author just captures everything PERFECTLY!! I literally LOVE this book soo soo much, u should totally read it! Trust me!!!! Cant wait for sequel :)

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Report This Jan 09, 2013
  • MariyamN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

MariyamN thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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Report This Mar 25, 2013
  • Futuregohangurl rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: a little bit graphic when it describes the defective clones in the infirmary


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“I know she is scared of this simple task even if the fear is something she can't—or won't— acknowledge. Fear, perhaps, is not based on the chemical component of adrenaline alone. It acts also on inexperience, or venturing into the unknown, even if that unknown is as uncomplicated a thing as a swimming pool. At least, the pool feels uncomplicated to me, a natural extension of myself. To Xanthe, who has never been in one, it might seem like the great wild unknown.”

“From a distance, a clone's luminous eyes are meant to draw in humans and make them feel safe. Up close, the eyes appear hollow. Because of that, humans tend not to look into our eyes too closely, which I've been told is socially preferable, as eyes without souls behind them can be frightening.”

“What's better, I wonder - to be a toy for the humans, or to control your own destiny, even if the only way to do so is suicide?”

“The desert adapts. The people adapt. Live. Die. Struggle. Suffer. Create. The people in the real world beyond Demesne's ring are not all manufactured perfection. They deal.”

“Whoever invented adding melted cheese over starchy goodness was surely the most brilliant human ever.”

“Danger is a state of mind." Farzad informs me. "Conquer it, and you ride heaven.”

“Maybe your unspeakable defects give you power too?”

“Everyone on this island wants something kept quiet. I want to roar”

Report This Aug 06, 2013
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Becky is the other Beta teen available at this boutique. When I first arrived, Becky informed me that Betas were harder to sell as a buyer cannot be one-hundred-percent assured that a Beta will always operate as programmed. Becky and I are teen Betas, the first of our kind. Becky said when she first emerged, Dr. Lusardi informed her that while some buyers liked the cachet of being the first to own a new model, the teen Betas were not expected to do well because not that many adult humans actually like teens; in fact, many actively try to forget they'd once been teens themselves.

Report This Jan 09, 2013
  • MariyamN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There is no such thing as safety. Especially for a clone. Who's now been made some human's consort.


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