Clades is a world engineered to be identical in all manner of forms. Cloned from a single human, raised to look, act, and feel as identical as the DNAClades is a world engineered to be identical in all manner of forms. Cloned from a single human, raised to look, act, and feel as identical as the DNA that makes up their genetics. Twain knows he's different, hidden from the Clan since birth. To be seen would ruin Unity. When his desire to join the other Clan overpowers him, he's caught by Father Krume, their Human DNA doner, and made to join the rest.
Twain's known he's different, but when he joins the ranks of his fellow Clan, it's only then he realizes just how different.
In a world where everyone is supposed to be identical in every way, Lovejoy finds a way to create differences amongst the Clan, differences that cause the same social issues we experience in our own world - bullying, stereotyping, prejudice, segregation.
For Unity's sake, each Clan was given a number. Sponsors tended to give pet names to their "children" so this interchanging between number and name left me bewildered most times trying to remember what number belonged to what name. While I loved the depth of the story, this made it daunting to read at times.
The story was full of action and I kept turning the page so I could find out what happened next. However, the ending left a lot to be desired. I was left with more questions than I had the entire time I was reading. I wasn't satisfied that the story had actually ended. I don't think it wrapped it up quite well enough for my liking.
Overall, it was an enjoyable book, with only a few issues as I stated above. I do hope Lovejoy plans on a second book to explain what happened in the end. ...more
Maybe it was life throwing me a curve ball but I struggled with this one. It just didn’t hold my attention like the first book. But the constant pininMaybe it was life throwing me a curve ball but I struggled with this one. It just didn’t hold my attention like the first book. But the constant pining for “normal” that Elias did just got annoying, quick. Then I realized that Merrin’s pining for being Super was all throughout the first book. Maybe it was because it was the first book and it was all about Merrin trying to be Super that I overlooked it. Something about Elias’ constant desire to normal when the “story” seems more important just irritated me. It kind of reminded me of Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix where Harry was just a whiny brat the whole way through. I wanted to chuck that book too. :) But I powered through both and am glad for it…for knowing the story.
Another thing that I didn’t enjoy was his constant want to touch. I like hints, not in-your-face. romance. But that’s just me. I’m not normally a “romance novel” reader. I wanted to read the story, not the love affair. :) But, I imagine that’s what classifies it as Young Adult, right?
Anyway, the overall story was amazing. Once I got past the first half of the book and I could skim the parts that disinterested me, which were getting fewer and fewer in between, I really got into it and enjoyed the rest of the story. I love the sci-tech of it all. And when you cut out all the “I want to be normal”, the “But I want to be more”, and the touchy-feelies going on, the story flew by. I craved to know what happened and so I continued until the end. All in all, I did enjoy it, despite the slow start....more