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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,...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Kate
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...more
Mary
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 not...more
Aly
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
Diane Ferbrache
By the year 2170, human clones and cyborgs are commonplace. Clones have been created to act as slaves for their “firsts” (human owners) and have very specific laws that must be followed. Cyborgs (humans with more than 3/5 of their parts replaced) are also held under similar constraints, although not as severely as Clones. When Leanna’s mother is arrested as part of a treasonous group, the Liberty Bell, Leanna discovers something surprising about her past and embarks on a harrowing escape from t...more
Grace
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
Dianne Salerni
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 second-gene...more
Angela
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 chap...more
Shayla
The idea for The Clone Codes and the blending of an imaginary future where clones are the new slaves of humankind and civil rights/abolitionist history is very intriguing and is the only reason the book gets 2 stars instead of 1. The writing and execution of the plot is horribly corny. The protagonist, Leanna, is 13 but the book is better suited writing wise towards elementary school students. The concepts and parallels about slavery are more middle school concepts which place it in a weird cate...more
Tedi
I had high anticipation for this book. I read it as a possibility of something to use with my students, and figured it must have been good since my school had purchased over 60 copies for our curriculum library. The concept for the novel is incredible. There's a parallel between what the main character, Leanna, is learning in her history class about abolition and the battle that is occurring in her current world for clones and cyborgs to be given equal rights. The novel even pulls in famous hist...more
Anila
Have you ever taken an American History class?
Ever heard of the Underground Railroad?
Good.
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.
Marie
i stand by the ratings when i say that i liked it. its not the most amazing thing that I've read but it is something that i would suggest to people. i don't really know what to say about it other than it was a good read but its not something that i would lose sleep over just to finish.
(not to mention its a really short book, but that's besides the point) i like the characters and the plot line is really interesting but it didnt hook me in and keep me there. the detail is somwthing that i can im...more
Raelee Knutson
I did not like this book.
The protagonist was emotionally immature and way too easy to hate.
The entire thing with the O seemed to have been pulled from a cheesy scifi movie and made the plot way to complex.
Stillar was pathetic. Best bounty hunter, my butt. He's a grown man with two biobots and he can't even take down a child. I don't care if she does have a cyborg with her!
And then we get to leanna. She is a bratty teenage girl who doesn't care about the seriousness of the situation. Instead, she...more
Salvador Vazquez
A scientific future awaiting you to read it's amazing things.
Cait
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
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
Clone Codes is a futuristic book that has a lot of the same thematic material as the time of Slavery and run away slaves. It discusses the same rights and lack of empathy in a society where other beings are not seen as full humans and therefore not granted human rights. I enjoyed reading this book with m son Berend because we talked about what makes us human and what rights we all deserve and need to have. What made this book fun was that it is set in a future time where flying in space in junky...more
Kim
This teen sci-fi adventure takes place in the late 21st/early 22d century. Earth is inhabited by several versions of humans. "Firsts", who are 100% human, "Seconds" who are clones, and "Cyborgs" who are humans with replacement parts manufactured through cloning human organs, appendages, and other body parts.

The world has survived a devastating world war and all countries have united into one organization (a version of the United Nations). The richest and most powerful forces in the world are two...more
Amy Jacobs
This book had so much potential in being better. I think one of the main reasons it didn't do better was the fact that it was too short for the story the author was trying to create.

In the year 2170, cyborgs and clones exist. In the new world, they are treated like slaves and have little rights in things. This alone was interesting to me and I was excited to read about the future world of fantasy involving clones and cyborgs. Yet, as I was reading the book, the author never grabbed my attention...more
Lara
~ 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...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 ma...more
She Known As Jess BlogSpot
Blinded by my tears, I run through the halls of Gypsy City like a wild mouse. I’m scared of what’s behind me but even more terrified of what’s ahead. Page: 62

The Clone Codes is set in the future; 2170 to be exact where Clones and Cyborg’s are a part of the social order; In a society that is ignorant of the capacity in which Clones and Cyborg’s possess; they are treated as seconds, seconds being inferior to those who are considered firsts. They are looked down upon and treated just as badly; most...more
Amber
Jul 22, 2010 Amber rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Beth
I read this book while on vacation with my kids. It's a pretty good book for tweens; it covered some historical fiction (the underground railroad, slavery, emancipation, voting rights, Ben Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, a supreme court justice, etc.), then included some sci-fi when it went to the year 2170 where clones and cyborgs exist but don't have the same rights as humans. Kids are lead to consider where to draw the line with rights, or if rights should be limited at all. Plus, the government...more
Carol
A future Earth where there are three classes of people. The Firsts are humans, plain and simple. Seconds are clones of Firsts and not considered human whatsoever. Clones are created as adults and only live for 12 years. Cyborgs were once human but due to accidents necessitating replacement parts (non-human) they are considered only 3/5 human. Cyborgs are not allowed the same rights and privileges as full-humans, but they are treated slightly better than Clones. 13-year-old Leanna has just discov...more
Tabitha Olson
This is a difficult book for me to review. I loved the concept, and was really looking forward to reading it, but just couldn't get into it.

The prose is not vivid, and there are little to no descriptions of the world. Even the clones aren't described until late in the story, and they have very shocking features. I never got a clear image of the biobot thingys, I had no idea how different this world was from my own (other than comglasses), and the flow of the story is a bit choppy.

I really like t...more
Lindsay
I liked this book, and it raised a lot of questions, like what defines human, or life. Since I have just finished reading Unwind by Neil Shusterman, I could make comparisons of these worlds, even though they don't have much in common besides the way they view what is considered life.

It was a short, quick read, and the end was a cliffhanger, even though I can tell what thing in general will happen. It left me with the feeling of wanting to find out what else is going to happen in this series, alt...more
Jnase1
This futuristic fiction book is set in 2170 where clones and cyborgs are considered second class citizens whose job are to serve others without pay...basically they are futuristic slaves. The main character, Leanna, discovers that her mother is a part of an underground abolitionist movement called the Liberty Bell Movement which aims to help free the cyborgs and clones. Leanna's grandfather was actually the scientist who discovered the technology to develop clones, but never intended his discove...more
Garrett B.
It’s just another regular day for Leanna, but not for long. This was a very interesting book. It will not let you put it down. The clone codes was a book that I thought had a weird looking cover and was on the shelf for no reason. Then, just out of curiosity, I wanted to know what it was about. So as soon as I started to read it, I couldn’t put it down! The McKissacks did an outstanding job with the beginning of the book to grab your attention.
Leanna is the main character in the book and has b...more
Irisheyz77
Jul 29, 2014 Irisheyz77 rated it 3 of 5 stars
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 P...more
Amanda
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 clone-f...more
Heather
Leanna is living a perfectly normal life in 2170 until she finds out her mother is being arrested. Her arrest is due to her membership in an underground organization known as The Liberty Bell. In Leanna's world, clones are an everyday part of life. They are "seconds" created from the cells of actual human beings. They are color coded based on their jobs, segregated in all public situations, and can be decommissioned at any human's choosing. Cyborgs also exist. They used to be considered human un...more
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