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Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1)

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Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.

Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face.

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ebook, 1st edition, 272 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Accendo Press (first published 2013)
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Apr 23, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, slut-shaming
This book is entirely likable if you can excuse blatant dehumanization of those who choose to be sexually active. Totally. But I am not okay with equating people who are “easy” with being “meaningless,” so I did not like this book. It’s that simple. This book probably could have gotten 4 stars from me without that aspect, despite the author’s terrible understanding of clones and genetics. The writing’s not bad; neither is the plot, but the way the author tackles that “what makes one human?” ques ...more
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review:) Publisher: Alloy Entertainment. Available now!

Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I want to love this book more than I actually do. My first reaction after finishing this book was 4 stars and I loved it! But siting her trying to review this, I find it hard. I loved the characters. I loved the setting but I just feel like I'm missing something. I needed more hype at the end. I needed something BIG to happen. I still find this book series to be refre
Sandra "Jeanz"
Mar 09, 2013 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it it was amazing
I received an e-arc of this book directly from the author, Heather Hildenbrand in exchange for reading & reviewing and posting my review as part of the blog tour. I received this at quite short notice for me, I normally have my reading planned well ahead, so this was an extra review to fit in!
I love the cover, it’s very eye catching, the girls eyes really draw you to them. The girl on the cover is Ven. I also like the font and the mirrored image/reflection of the title, as it fits w
When it comes to books about clones, or sci-fi stuff in general, I’m more than willing to suspend my disbelief here and there. I feel like it comes with the territory and while some may like reading about the complicated things involved, I more than happy to just go with whatever the author says and call it a day. If the author says that cloning has been going on for a long time, I’m fine with that. And in the beginning of the novel, I right there going with the flow, but then we learn about the ...more
Raven Rogen has everything. She is rich, popular and does what she wants, at least that's what it seems like to Ven, Ravens clone. Ven has to watch Ravens life everyday to learn how to be her if needed. See clones are only created for one reason, and that's to replace the Authentic when and if needed. None of the clones who where sent to replace their Authentic ever return so the clones know nothing about the outside apart from what they are allowed to see from the glimpses of their Authentics v ...more
diana (chaotic reader)
Imitation reminded me a lot of Stacey Kade's The Rules. It's actually one of the three reasons why I decided to read the book. The other two would be because of that gorgeous cover and of course, it's written by Heather Hildenbrand. HEATHER HILDENBRAND.

Ven is an Imitation. Basically she's a clone made solely for the purpose of taking the place of her Authentic, Raven Rogen, whenever the need arises. She's made, raised and trained to be an exact replica of Raven. I found this idea really fascina
Apr 16, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
The idea of clones used to replace the rich is not something new. Imitation does a good job of capturing what it might be like for a clone. She is expendable, has no soul, and no feelings…or does she? What if she imagines freedom from her job as a clone? This story explores the problems with being a clone.

Ven is an imitation. She is cloned in someone’s image and her whole life is learning to be like her. She studies her life, her friends, he loves, her role in the world. One day Ven will have to
Mallory Ann
Oct 20, 2014 Mallory Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I've read by this author, and I must say that this was really good.

Ven is an Imitation, a clone. She comes from a place called Twig City were she was made. Every imitation has an authentic. If anything happens to their authentic then it's the imitations job to take their place. Ven's authentic, Raven is a spoiled bratty rich girl. When Raven is attacked one day, Ven takes her place in hopes of luring out her attackers. As Ven try's to act like Raven she breaks more th
Sep 16, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got a hold of this book through Netgalley, and I admit I requested it because of the cover… I know I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but it looked so good. Then I read the blurb and I thought Okay, this could be good!

I finished this book within a day, Its interesting enough to keep you hooked and the writing isn’t too awful. There’s a nice array of characters. There’s the typical main character, who is kind and compassionate blah blah blah. Then there’s the insta-love interest, b
Lara Girdler
Aug 11, 2014 Lara Girdler rated it liked it
I think we all wish there was another version of us somewhere out there that would just step into our lives when we needed a break – then again how realistic is something like that actually happening? That there is an exact DNA replica of each of us being produced, raised, trained, and prepared to step into our life when we need them most. More specifically should something cynical and evil be happening to our lives? Say a thread to our very existence, would probably ring more true to someone wh ...more
Melissa Custer
Mar 26, 2014 Melissa Custer rated it it was amazing
Ven is a clone, a "Imitation", of the "Authentic" Raven. She is to move out of her town and move in to the role of her Authentic, to help fish out the people who are after Raven. She has to act like her, dress like her, learn everything about her and her circle. She finds out that her role is a party, "promiscuous" girl, who is self centered. A total opposite of her own personality. Her dad... a butt head..... threatens her to act her role or she will be terminated. She endures attacks, trying ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Heather Hildenbrand NEVER EVER ceases to amaze me! Good she can write like no one's business and keep you at the edge of your seat wanting no needing more and more. The world she creates in Imitation had me on the edge of my seat thinking lord this could be true some day. As I was turning the pages of my Kindle Fire I found myself saying holy cow could this really be happening? Could these people really create life just to replace another one. Clones scare me and the whole let do the freeze a pe ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Ven is an imitation – a duplicate of another person. Ven is kept in a lab, until her Authentic needs her – an attempt has been made on her life, and her father wants Ven to take over Raven’s life until the threat is no longer, even if this means that Ven is killed in Raven’s place.
Can Ven really step into Raven’s shoes? Does she really want to do it? And will she ever have a life of her own?

This was an okay story, but it just didn’t hold my attention at all.

Oct 04, 2013 Abbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Imitation" reminded me of The Lost Girl, especially at the beginning.
Unfortunately, i found this one to be just as dull as well.

The one thing that really bugged me throughout the book was the tattoos.

Each imitation has a tattoo on their neck in the shape of a tree, with a number next to it.
I found it really odd how the tattoo was somewhere that could easily be seen.
What if the original girl cut her hair really short, just before the imitation took her place? It would be a bit of an awkward situ
Dani Morales
Mar 12, 2013 Dani Morales rated it it was amazing
What can I possibly say about Heather Hildenbrand that yall don’t already know? Just when I think she can’t possibly top her latest book, she goes and proves me wrong. The last book I read from Heather was DreamKiller and I absolutely loved that one, if you haven’t read it yet be sure to pick it up and read it. So when I saw the cover and read the synopsis to Imitation, I knew immediately it was going to be an amazing book. I mean after-all look who its by, right?

“Everyone is exactly like me. Th
Oct 27, 2014 Tati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia-sci-fi
I'd like to thank NetGalley and Alloy Entertainment for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This had a very interesting concept, what with clones being made and kept in handy for whenever they are needed. Ven is one of them, and she is called into action after someone attacks her original. While it is not exactly explored, the idea that clones are not that identical to their 'originals' (genotype does not equal phenotype) is present throughout the book.

While I thought
“Everyone is exactly like me. No one is exactly like me.” In the book Imitation everyone has an imitation of themselves, but the thing is the only time they come out is when their authentic is in trouble and they need to go into hiding, and that's when their imitation takes their place. After their assignment is over there is no need for the imitation any longer so they will be terminated.

Ven is an imitation of a very rich and famous girl named Raven, and when people start to come after Raven, V
Apr 08, 2013 Tara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
When I originally marked this book as "to read", I made the comment: "I want to check this book out. Looks like it has good reviews. However, it sounds similar to that movie The Island. I love that movie! Will be interested to see how it differs." I quickly went back and removed the word "however" from my comment because it seemed to set a negative tone and that was not my intention at all. It was exactly why I tagged this book to begin with. The basic background/setup in Chapter 1 was somewhat ...more
S.M. Boyce
Hildenbrand has built a high-stakes sci-fi series with a sweet romantic side. I enjoyed this book’s tension, characters, and adventure.
Mark My Words Book Publicity and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

For people with means, they can have clones, called Imitations, that live in Twig City. Meant to be an exact copy of the Authentics, Imitations are trained to be able to take their originators place, become their organ donor, or exist for any purpose deemed necessary. Ven is Raven's Imitation, called into service when Raven's life is placed in danger. While her sole purpo
Aug 30, 2014 L.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley.

The concept of Imitation was intriguing and captured my interest immediately. The story is well-written with a straight-forward plot, and Ven is a likable protagonist. The plot started a little slowly for me, and left me wondering why Ven’s training had such a large gap when it came to Raven’s obvious penchant for – *ahem* – boys. It would seem that this alone would’ve “outted” her as a clone. There were several thing
Erin Arkin
Dec 29, 2014 Erin Arkin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand is the first book in the Clone Chronicles series and I have to say that once I dove into this story I was hooked! The pacing was great, the characters were interesting, and the story kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.

Ven is a clone of Raven Rogen and has been raised to replace her “authentic” if and when the need ever arises. When the time does come that Ven is called to step into her authentic’s shoes, she realizes that things aren’
Sep 19, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-teen, netgalley, sf
In Ven's world, nothing is as it seems. She's an Imitation, a backup for her Authentic, whether as a stand-in, potential surrogate mother or even as organ donor, so when she's called to duty she doesn't know what to expect. All she knows is that her job is to obey, her mission to serve... matter what the cost to her.

This isn't your typical "cloning" book, and I could easily see a version of this targeted at the adult thriller market, but within it Ven experiences the same identity crises as any
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"To live beyond death, if only in the hearts of loved ones. It's contagious, the concept that death isn't really the end. "

I started this book skeptical, the premise is similar to the movie The Island. The conflict, experience, and morality of clones has been explored many times, in many mediums. I liked the story I was interested and engaged right away and through most of the bo
Sep 18, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. It was OK, but not good enough to keep me interested enough to want to read the next book. This one took what felt like forever to get through. I got hung up on the practicalities. If the people with clones never get filmed when they're in private, how are the clones supposed to take over for them in private? Also apparently the clone came to awareness at the biological age of 12 or so? How does basic childhood brain (and body) development happen? It's implied that the bodyguard had at leas ...more
K.M. Montemayor
Oct 14, 2014 K.M. Montemayor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
My review: 4/5 stars

I love the concept of this story. The rich, famous, and wealthy have body doubles called Imitations that exist in a world called Twig City. They stay in training, learning everything about their Authentic, until they are summoned for some purpose. It may be organ donation, filling in at one function so the Authentic can go on vacation, being a surrogate, or acting as bait when the Authentic's life is in danger.

Ven is Raven's Imitation. Raven reminds me of Paris Hilton.
She is
Jul 24, 2015 Earicka rated it it was amazing
Imitation Of Authentic = Worse Than Slavery

This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

Ven is a clone and she is bred and trained to be an Imitation. Her only purpose is to serve her Authentic in any way possible... If that means being a surrogate or a body double to draw fire ... She has no choice. She is a Product not a person. They can even harvest her organs and throw away the rest if they so choose... She "Lives To Serve" whether she likes it or not. Her life consists of exerc
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I was very excited to read this novel. The cover is striking. I am also fascinated by the concept of human cloning. The beginning of this book was very promising. Ven gets called to duty to impersonate her Authentic, Raven Rogen. Raven has been the victim of a kidnapping attempt and they call Ven to impersonate her until they can find the attackers. I know a book about cloning isn't really supposed to be realistic, but there were just so many issues with this plot. First of all, Raven had a boyf ...more
Jun 08, 2015 Ranu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first thought upon reading the blurb was, OMG, clones? Count me in! I love science fiction, and clones just SCREAM it out.
So, Ven, a clone of a girl named Raven, lives inside Twig City, which is basically where all the clones live. That is, until, Ven is called to replace Raven and act like her to draw out the people trying to kill the real Raven.
I just loved Ven's character. She struggles to fit into her role as Raven. This isn't easy, because Ven is not like Raven at all, at least, not on t
Joood Hooligan
Feb 01, 2015 Joood Hooligan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand last year and was a big fan, so I figured I should try out this series as well.

Oh man, just the thought of being a clone of someone else - being forced to live my entire life to prepare to be them... it is a horrible thought. Yet, it is something I could actually envision happening. I think, for the most part, the explanation of the clones and their purpose was done rather well.

In a few parts of the story I felt it was a bit rushed. There's also some min
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