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The Clone Codes (The Clone Codes #1)

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In the year 2170 an underground abolitionist movement fights for the freedom of cyborgs and clones, who are treated no better than slaves

The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than one hundred years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. In the year 2170, despite technological and political advances,
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Jun 11, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
From the beginning pages, I devoured The Clone Codes. And despite the novel's shortness, there is plenty for the reader to take in. The futuristic setting, the science fiction element, and the non-stop action made this novel a complete page turner. The novel definitely something for all types of readers.

One aspect that really surprised me about The Clone Codes was its message. Most readers will be familiar with the history of slaves and their treatment. What is interesting is how the authors too
Mar 13, 2012 Mary rated it did not like it
One thing I HATE is when plots move waaaaaaaaaayyyyyy too fast and then the cheesy feel for the book deepens. The clone codes, being rather short, was REALLY hard to finish. In fact I didn't even bother to read the last pages as the plot was too easy to guess. I looked at the last paragraph and I was right. Now I should NEVER judge a book by its' cover right? Well then I will just judge the title. Yeah it sounds right for the book but I even felt embarrassed being seen reading this. There's ...more
I was initially drawn in by the idea, which was great and had so much potential. Of course, the finished product doesn’t always amount to potential. I easily guessed the plot. When Leanna was surprised and stunned about something she just discovered I was thinking what! You didn’t already know that? I've been guessing that the whole book! The writing is beginner and I could’ve easily written it, which is saying a lot. The worse part to me, though, was that it seemed like it was trying to teach ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Angela rated it it was ok
This book's plotline was flat. Literally. I couldn't find a single thing that is as flat as this book's plotline. I get it that Leanna (was that her name? I forgot.) was like this custodian or guardian of earth or something, but add some interesting scenes, like fight scenes or scary ones or intimate ones, whatever, I don't care, this book just revovled around this whole finding rights for clones and cyborgs, and how Leanna like swifting. For some reason, I just couldn't read past the first ...more
Nov 26, 2013 Grace rated it really liked it
I really like the book The Clone Codes by Patricia C. McKissack. I think when Patricia was writing this book she was thinking of a way to explain the past in a modern, exciting, and interesting way. This book takes place in 2170. Leanna is a thirteen year old girl attending what is called a virtual school, she doesn’t even leave home. She uses special glasses to take part in all her classes, even p.e., her favorite is history. They get to experience what it was like to be there, you would never ...more
Recommended for kids who like sci-fi and won't be turned off by some built-in history lessons.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Officially, grades 7-9 (seems high to me; I'd say grade 3 or 4 through grade 7)*
READING LEVEL: 4th-5th grade, says publisher (Scholastic)
GENRE: Science Fiction ((view spoiler))
THEMES: Imprisonment, Equality, Fairness, Justice, Technology & Society
SETTING: 22nd century, USA
Dianne Salerni
Jan 09, 2010 Dianne Salerni rated it liked it
The Clone Codes should have been a fantastic book. The setting and premise are promising – a future world where clones and cyborgs are treated as property and less-than-human. An underground organization, deliberately compared to the Underground Railroad on the nineteenth century, strives to win personal rights for all human beings, and members find themselves declared enemies of the state. Leanna Deberry, a teenage girl clone who was raised as a human, represents the sole proof that ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Lyndsey rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I actually had my eye on this one for a while. Come on, it's about clones! How could I not love it? Well unfortunately, I didn't love it. I did still like it though. It seems like I wasn't able to fully connect to the characters or really get too invested in what happened to them. A ++ for concept though! The whole toryline and premise was exciting and thought-provoking. I just wish I had cared more about the characters! Definitely looking forward to a sequel if there is going to be one. I'd ...more
Mar 29, 2010 Kogiopsis rated it did not like it
Have you ever taken an American History class?
Ever heard of the Underground Railroad?
Don't waste your time on this book. You've heard the story almost exactly already, and just because the cover's awesome doesn't mean it's all sci-fi and badass.

Maybe not the best thing for me to pick up the year I'm taking APUSH, but there you go.
Emily Baker
Nov 29, 2016 Emily Baker rated it liked it
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Oct 29, 2015 Amanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on, 2015
Stopped at page 64 due to the OVERWHELMING predictability of the plot. Really. Really. Predictable.

The first 2 big plot bombs? Guessed them before I had even finished the first chapter. *sigh and meh* Tried to make myself read further--look at that cool cover! it's got to get better! and there's a history component; that's good, right?--but just couldn't subject myself to this torture.
Nicole Gromadzki
Feb 04, 2016 Nicole Gromadzki rated it did not like it
lol this book sucked i read it when i was 8 and I still remember how BAD IT WAS, i advise everyone to not read it bc of how cheesy and dumb and predictable it is and save ur money and to not waste it on this piece of poop that calls itself literature
Sep 30, 2015 Sami added it
It was a very good book, because it was in the future and it feels like you are part of the book. It's moral is that you should clones like you would like to be treated.
Salvador Vazquez
Dec 05, 2013 Salvador Vazquez rated it it was amazing
A scientific future awaiting you to read it's amazing things.
Seirra Weaber
Jul 17, 2015 Seirra Weaber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
It was really interesting to me.
Alma Gonzalez
Nov 30, 2016 Alma Gonzalez rated it really liked it
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Emma Hoyer
Apr 04, 2015 Emma Hoyer rated it it was amazing
Literature Requirement: **Fantasy/SciFi #2 (novel)**

This book is part of a series that combines historical non-fiction with science fiction. This book is truly unique in its story-line and ideas, but the underlying theme is similar to what our country experienced not too long ago. In the world of this novel, clones and cyborgs are not treated as equals with humans. They are viewed as non-human, and that is the grounds for which they are allowed to be considered subordinate. The 13th amendment do
Delenn Jadzia
Apr 25, 2016 Delenn Jadzia rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-good
About six months ago, I went to babysit for a family friend. On my way there, the car in front of me broke down, causing me to nearly break down in tears because I had no clue how to turn right at the intersection, and it was one of my first times driving alone. Luckily, after the people in the car in front of me signaled for me to go around them, I managed to make it to the kids I was going to be babysitting.
Everything was fine, at first. There were two boys, aged about two and seven, and becau
Feb 28, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
The Unidentified Clone

“No, Leanna. It’s the other way around. Honey, you’re the clone.”
2170, clones are machines working for normal people. They have no rights, no family, no friends, nothing. A teenager, Leanna goes to virtual school, she lives with her mother, and spends time with her best friend as a normal person. Her mother forms part of The Liberty Bell in which they try give clones human rights. However, when the president found out, he arrested Leanna’s mother. Leanna runs away with on
Jan 31, 2010 Rachael rated it it was ok
The Cyborg Wars have ended, and Earth has continued to exist in peace—at least in theory. The year is 2170, and cyborgs and clones are treated like second class citizens, if they’re treated as people at all. This is thirteen-year-old Leanna’s world, and like most other people living in it, she has grown up with the prejudices against cyborgs and clones. But Leanna is in for a rude awakening when her mother is arrested for being a member of the radical Liberty Bell Movement, an underground ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Irisheyz77 rated it liked it
Recommended to Irisheyz77 by: Sharon
I've never been more confused about who wrote a book then I have been with Clone Codes. Normally this shouldn't be such a difficult task you just look on the cover and there is the author's name. But on this book the front cover just says The McKissacks. Then in the back where the author write up is there is a blurb for a John McKissack....finally some success. Only not so much. For LibraryThing lists the author as Patricia McKissack, who is definately not a John and Amazon lists the author as ...more
Jonah Joines
Oct 11, 2016 Jonah Joines rated it really liked it
this book is a really good book. the girl is a very important person in the world she needs to stay safe. her mother is taken and is living a life of a refugee.this is a good book for those who like adventure
Oct 09, 2014 Nevaeh rated it liked it
The Clone Codes takes place at Leeann's house she is in class in this story they use a lot of technology. So they use this thing called a comma glass and it lets you see things that conclude technology. this story you have to pay attention to the surroundings of the story.

The main characters in this mystery is Leeann she is very smart ,and she is like really watchfully as I would say of her surroundings , like who people are and how they act. And she takes herself in the past like how her fathe
~ Source: I won this book from GoodReads First Reads giveaway program
~ Recommend for: middle-grade, younger readers, history lovers

The Good:

The cover art is eye-catching. I liked the metallic purple and blue colors…very pretty! Also, when the jacket cover is removed, the book is an embossed font with the title of the book and computer/technological design (picture on my blog) which I enjoyed. That same design is on the sides of all the pages. All-in-all this book has interesting visual details t
Jul 22, 2010 Amber rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those interested in YA and dystopia literature.
This is an interesting book that is set in the year 2170, but which holds history familiar to the reader, as well as a view of some current issues that may become even more prominent in the future. This sounds pretty deep, but it was actually a light and quick read.

At first, the narration came off as odd to me, but I quickly got used to it. Still, some of the main character’s (Leanna’s) exclamations seemed out of place and silly. I was, however, highly pleased history includes in this book becau
Aug 04, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Young Leanna lives in the future where virtual history classrooms allow students to experience historical events firsthand and clones are used in every part of society -to work in homes, help in the academic universe and in any other way possible. Like many people in this futuristic world, Leanna doesn't see the clones as people -only as mindless slaves created according to the strict clone codes of the future Clone Humanitarian Society. Leanna's mother, however, is active in a fictional ...more
Fiendishly Bookish
The Clone Codes is a children's futuristic sci-fi novel about Earth in the year 2170 on the cusp of intergalactic travel. But pushing into the vacuum of space does not always mean a society is advanced, or has paid its dues with regard to science, ethics, and technology. Gross segregation occurs worldwide as clones are used in schools, homes, and businesses. Little more than slaves, genetically altered and chipped to be easily controlled, clones are the center of a glaring slaveocracy, a dark ...more
Dec 22, 2010 Cait rated it liked it
THE CLONE CODES is the story of Leanna, and how within days, her entire life gets flipped upside down, and she has to question everything she’s ever been taught about her society and what constitutes humanity. In a world where clones and cyborgs are treated as slaves and second class citizens respectively, Leanna is shocked to discover that not everything is as it seems, and that her family has a long history with cloning – a history that becomes a whole lot more personal to Leanna as the truth ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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What if everything you thought you knew was a lie?

Leanna Deberry lives in a world where Cyborgs and clones are real. They are compared to the slaves of the Confederate days. They have no rights and are there to serve the Firsts. Leanna's mom has always been an activist to gain them rights. Leanna never understood her mother's side of the argument. At least not until the day the biobots came for her mom.

Leanna is forced to run and seek help from her mother's
Le Mashed Potatoes
Jan 07, 2012 Le Mashed Potatoes rated it liked it
So Sci-fi isn’t the type of genre I would usually go for, but the summary for The Clone Codes on the Scholastic catalogue was so appealing that I just had to get it. Well, if I was a diehard sci-fi fan, I don’t think I would be much excited about this book. It has a good setting and a great storyline that might just explode into something wicked awesome… but didn’t.

The book started amazing – the McKissacks really had a way of creating a scene and making it so real that is can be passed as realit
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