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7th Son by J.C. Hutchins
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Jul 01, 10

Read in June, 2010

Interesting idea (seven clones of a 14-year-old old alpha who grow up not knowing they're clones) but clumsy Dan-Brown-esque execution of the plot.

Also: so the clones are drawn together and they compare the differences in their lives after age 14 and one of them is gay. Originally I was like, "Oh, huh, that's cool," but as the book progressed, I found it more and more irritating and eventually offensive. Because if the clones are genetically identical and only one of them is gay, you're essentially taking the "nurture" side of the nature v. nurture argument re: homosexuality, which is deeply problematic.

But here's the thing: the book never even addresses what it was about his post-cloning nurture that made him gay. Like, seriously, if you're going to pull that shit, at least tell me about how gay clone's father left his mother and his mother was overbearing and that made him gay or his priest molested him or some other stupid offensive shit, don't just leave me hanging!
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