I was IMMEDIATELY drawn into the story. Right away I noticed this author had a style that I have no words for, other than beautiful, sweet, memorable,...moreI was IMMEDIATELY drawn into the story. Right away I noticed this author had a style that I have no words for, other than beautiful, sweet, memorable, haunting.
She will make you remember what she has to say whether you're a fan of her work or not. A style that is a tad different than the norm we are used to in the YA genre. Different is not always bad. Takes time to get used to.
I loved that Juliette's thoughts & journal entries were in strike through form. It did take a bit of getting used to at first & it went away as the story marched forward.
We have Juliette, a girl that has been isolated from the ever changing world for nearly 1 year. Juliette remembers a world we would recognize as our own. A world that was rapidly changing however. Humans abuse of Mother Earth caused a shift that would forever change the people, the weather,the government, animals, basically everything as we know it now has changed for the worse. I loved the message that we MUST change how we take care of our world & each other before it's late.
On her 264th day of isolation Juliette get a roommate in her cell. A boy. She goes through every reason from A-Z as to why the "powers that be" The Reestablishment, would FINALLY give her a roommate & why he would be a boy at that. She believes it is another form of torture. A game. A punishment. A sick joke.
Obviously one touch from her would kill him. Or anyone for that matter. Juliette is a "freak" by her societies standards. Picture Rogue from XMEN when you think of Juliette. Juliette had been ostracized & abused for many, many, years by her family and society until she was locked up for the accidental death of a small boy. After a few tense moments she teaches Adam, the boy with the beautiful blue eyes, how to survive in this new world he has been thrust into.
As soon as she begins to relax and be grateful for Adam, her world is tossed into upheaval yet once again. The truth is revealed in a not so nice way.Adam is NOT who he claimed to be and Juliette finds out she is coveted by a twisted leader, Warner. Adam is revealed to be a loyal soldier in Warner's army.
What she believes to be a curse (her ability to kill with a touch) is looked at as a valuable gift by Warner and others in control. They all want to use and abuse her gift to their benefit. She just craves normality. She wants to be normal, have friends, have her family back, go to school, not be hunted down like a wild animal, not looked at with fear and disgust.
The Reestablishment claims to be helping the world re unite and heal but it's really trying to control everyone and everything through twisted, brutal, methods.
In a time where Dystopian books are popping up left & right, I must say this book got it down. This book is what I see in my minds eye when I think of that genre.
When Adam & Juliette get a chance to escape they take it. After a successful escape they begin to try to figure out what's what and who's who. Juliette can FINALLY take a breath and look around her and see how The Reestablishment has lied and abused their powers. She is introduced to Adams brother & a friend & former fellow soldier named Kenji. Kenji has vowed to help them get to a SAFE place where The Reestablishment has no spies or control.
I know it seems as if I have said a lot about this book but I truly have not. This book takes you on a beautiful and sometimes cruel trip in a world that may be ours one day. The characters are people you grow to love and root for as the book goes on. Even Warner, the books "bad guy" is not as he seems. The author shows just enough of Warner's complex personality that you do a double take and know deep down that he has not lost ALL of his humanity. You have hope for his redemption.
I am this close to bribing her for the sequel! Me and about a million others..lolz..
I recommend this book if you love Dystopian reads with a dash of romance and paranormal tossed in. (less)
When I was given this book at BEA12 I was the picture of sheer happiness. The cover was gorgeous, and I held it, and stared down at it with that look...moreWhen I was given this book at BEA12 I was the picture of sheer happiness. The cover was gorgeous, and I held it, and stared down at it with that look only another book lover can recognize and appreciate.
Where to begin..Where to begin..Elysia is a 16 y.o. Teen Clone, one of the first of her kind. A true BETA. Clones are normally adults. Her beauty and intelligence make her a truly coveted BETA among the wealthiest of the wealthy on Demesne.
She is “adopted” by the Wife of the Governor of Demesne to replace her teenaged daughter who is away, help their Son train for the Military, and to keep the family entertained.
As you begin the story you learn alongside of Elysia. You feel as if you too are a new clone. The author could not be accused of not providing enough detail and insight into the world and characters she was creating. While some may feel all of the 411 was a bit redundant I personally liked it. Like I mentioned it made me feel as if I were right there in Elysia’s head. Learning and growing with her.
Once we get past the BETA's “baby steps” stage the story really takes on an entirely new feel. Excitement and suspense take over. The true life of the clones is slowly revealed, the true nature of these wealthy humans shows itself. For a place so focused on beauty and pure enjoyment there certainly is a lot of ugliness simmering below the surface. Despite all the riches these humans have it seems life never lets you truly escape. Accountability comes at the damnedest times. When tough choices must be made wealth and material possessions do not mean a thing.
I wondered from the beginning how can all of these attractive, young, female clones NOT get taken advantage of in any capacity? Even the male clones are vulnerable to being abused. Cohn was very tasteful the way she represented certain situations in the story. Warning: there is a rape scene, while it does not get graphic you know whats happening.
The Island of Demense was described in such exquisite details I wanted to be there myself. I swam in the violet water, felt the sand under my toes, the rave cave, smelled the drugged “to make everyone happy” air, felt the sunshine, etc. I knew a place so gorgeous had to be ugly deep down. The author did not fail with her world building. I saw and felt more than meets the eye. It made me wonder how it would be if this place were real? Would it be so easy to lose touch with humanity if one could afford to "escape" to a place like Demense for a little while? What if we were allowed to own clones now? Would there be any laws in place to protect them or would they be high tech slaves? I love it when a book makes me think and has me wondering what if's. Even though BETA is pure entertainment it can and will make one wonder some seriously deep questions about life and humanity.
Overall I’d say this book is quite good. It certainly kept me entertained until the end. I felt like I connected with the characters and had a genuine interest in them. The ending made me yell, a lot. Its times like these I wish this was not an ARC. I wish the follow up to this story was what was coming in October.
“The Prey” didn’t waste anytime in picking up where “The Hunt” left off. The first quarter of the book was a bit slow moving. I understood that the ne...more “The Prey” didn’t waste anytime in picking up where “The Hunt” left off. The first quarter of the book was a bit slow moving. I understood that the new story was being built up for us as the old was drifting away. I loved the world Fukuda built in “The Hunt” and was expecting no less in book 2. He managed to work all of the new supporting characters into the story without any awkwardness.
STAY ON THE RIVER- The Scientist
As the crew catch their breath from a narrow and harrowing escape, they begin to make their way to the “Land of Milk and Honey”. They encounter another group of humans hidden away in the mountains. Ruled by a group of older men AKA: “Elders” it soon becomes obvious these men have less than honorable intentions. From the absence of boys and men,the mystery train, the pregnant girls with “lotus feet”, their controlling and cruel ways, and the overall creepy vibe felt through the pages, Gene and Sissy realize they must leave. Sooner than later. These “Elders” have placed everyone at risk with their arrogance and cruelness.
DON’T LET GENE DIE
Gene is a character that has had a lot heaped on him. All he had to do was survive from day to day acting as if a Dusker. Now he literally has the fate of the world dumped on his shoulders. He is not a larger than life, super hero, type character. In fact he has not made a lot of fans with his actions. After a bit of bumbling about Gene begins to gain his strength and courage right at the end of “The Prey”. I believe he will be a formidable force in the war for humanity as the series progresses.
You’re looking but not seeing. Sometimes the answer is right under your nose
I have to say “The Prey” was a good follow up. Once the story took off I was instantly transported back to that magikal place “The Hunt” took me. For fans of “The Hunt” this sophomore novel will not let you down. It will leave you on edge, fearful, sad,curious, and a bit mad. The end is pretty brilliant. As far as cliff hangers go.