Cohn, Rachel

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"On a futuristic island paradise where humans are served by enslaved clones, a sixteen-year-old clone named Elysia seeks her own freedom"--

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781423157199
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Characteristics: 331 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 18, 2014
  • Karun Joseph rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Okay. This book was okay. In my school we had to pick a book for summer reading from a list, so I picked this one because I'm into books about cloning. Now I regret choosing this book. I like the concept of clones in a futuristic setting but that was about it. I'm 13 and this book was talking about sexual things way too many times. SPOILER ALERT: It really bothered me how in the end Ivan.....did something so nasty to a person he called his sister.
I'm sorry to the people who thought otherwise, but I didn't really like this book. :(

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Jun 05, 2013
  • libbycake rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec 18, 2013

“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.”

Dec 18, 2013

“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.”

Dec 18, 2013

“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?”

Dec 18, 2013

“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.”

Dec 18, 2013

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

Dec 18, 2013

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

Dec 18, 2013

“Maybe your unspeakable defects give you power too?”

Dec 18, 2013

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

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.

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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Jul 18, 2014
  • Karun Joseph rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Karun Joseph thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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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Jul 18, 2014
  • Karun Joseph rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Graphic when talking about Elysia seeing Xanthe and Miguel together.

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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