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(Halfskin #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Jamie wants to be a halfskin.

Her life has become dull and pointless. If she had more biomites, the synthetic stems cells that promise hope and healing, she could take control of her life. But Jamie’s body is already 49.9% biomites. The rest is clay—her God-given organic cells. Anymore biomites and she becomes a halfskin. And halfskins are shutdown.

But there is a way.

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Published April 18th 2014 (first published January 1st 2014)
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You know, one of the great things about science fiction is that it’s not always just a fantasy. It’s not always just some random thing that somebody made up in their basement and it’s not always purely entertainment. I like sci-fi like that—where yes, on the surface you’re reading a book about a bunch of aliens invading the planet, or survival, or colonizing the moon, or you have the entire John Carter series and don’t get me wrong, I find these to be absolutely entertaining. But they also teach ...more
John Hancock
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: scifi readers
This is a tremendously powerful book. I could say its an artful book, which it is. Or that its an entertaining book, which it is. Or that it is a book that you find hard to put down. I could say all those things, but I'm settling on 'powerful'.
This book explores what power means to various characters, those that have it and those who hide from it. Some outsmart the power, and some are undone by it. But relentlessly running through this book is the thread of power. Power is its own protagonist.
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, r2r
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I want my clay back. But there's no going back. She sold her body to save her brother. She wonders if she sold her soul, too.

Again and again, Tony Bertauski has written novels that stay with you long after the last page. Clay was a riveting sequel to Halfskin which once again tackles the fundamental questions of what it means to be human. In a world where humanity is being threatened by the influx of biomites, a
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"My anger is hot", he says. "My aches are wanting. My joy is sweet. My loneliness hollow. I feel all the same things you do. Does the body make us human?

This is the underlying question posed by Clay, the second volume in the Halfskin series by Tony Bertauski. Picking up where Halfskin left off, Cali and Nix continue their cat and mouse game with Marcus Anderson, the government agent charged with controlling the "Halfskin" population. Marcus is one of the few all-natural humans left-a man whose r
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: geekery, sci-fi, science
I was given a copy of the in exchange for an honest review.

But for an honest review I feel like I would need an audio recording of my voice alternation between screams of horror when something terrible happens followed by squeals of pure childish delight at their joy.

I started reading Tony's novels a few years ago and they never fail. Never. And just when you think one is fantastic, he tops it. Each world he build engulfs you and he handles technological fictions so well they could be real.

Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans
Recommended to Melba by: Tony Bertauski
This book was a wonderful sequel to Halfskin, and I really enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it to any sci-fi fan, or just those who love to read. These books really make you think about what you would do in similar situations, and helped me to realize that none of us are perfect - our imperfections are what make us human.

I am looking forward to this story continuing, and I know that Tony can deliver an interesting & riveting book again & again.
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

Again the author has hit a home run with this story. This is a story about a realistic future and it pulls you in from the first page to the last. I can't wait to see what happens next!!!

First impression I got when I started listening to Clay was that the narrator had a very pleasant voice but spoke way too fast. Then he evened out to a more steady pace. Throughout the book, I still had to stop and rewind on several occasions to let the concepts sink in, but only at key moments.
I do have to say that I felt all his male and most of the female voices sounded the same (except for Mother's); it was particularly difficult to distinguish some ma
Joey Woolfardis
Mar 31, 2019 marked it as never-read
Read the first book Halfskin. 1 star so will not continue with the series.
Paul Ellis
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, reviewed
DISCLAIMER: I received this copy in exchange for a review.

WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers.

I have mixed emotions about this novel. Parts of it are so very well done, that the parts that come up a little short are glaring.

The world building is intriguing, and had me hooked from the start. The "Halfskin" universe (home of " Halfskin (Halfskin, #1)" & " Clay (Halfskin, #2)") has an intuitive, lived-in feel. The reader picks up on the social clues scattered by Tony Bertauski, and fe
This book was much better than the first book in the series, Halfskin. It was nowhere near as hard to follow. I wish all of my favorite characters had not died in the end, but at least Marcus got what was coming to him in the end.

Overall a very satisfying book. I may have to give Halfskin another chance.

"Story was better but still not a fan of narrator!"
Where does Clay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Definitely in the bottom half. It is better storywise than the first boo
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is always a joy to me to discover a piece of well-written, classic science fiction. Science fiction at its heart is the taking of an idea, usually some form of technology, and following it down the rabbit hole to wherever it leads.

In Clay, Bertauski explores biomites - constructs that are able to replace our body cells, our clay. But the government has mandated that you can only have 49.9% biomites. After that you are a halfskin, no longer human and subject to being terminated. The rule is en
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I feel like I did myself a disservice by reading this book before reading the first novel, Halfskin. From the start I was completely confused by the political and historical aspects of the biomites, Mother, and Bricks. Bertauski tried to give a good, yet brief, explanation so as not to bore the familiar readers, but I couldn't grasp it. Perhaps I would have had a better chance if the story didn't jump from one perspective to another before completing a thought. I will give it credit, though. The ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: Not really, no.

I agreed to read the book because I thought the concept was cool, but I found Bertauski’s writing (and the book’s style overall) to be choppy and confusing. It was tough to keep up with the story when the point of view changed so rapidly between characters. I felt like I never had the chance to really get involved in any one story line, which made it difficult to anchor myself in the story. A few longer chapters, perhaps, or maybe two or three chapters with
Jason O'neal
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Picking up from the first novel years later with brother and sister. Better than the first. The novel moves along and is predictable, well I thought so. How it all plays out is crazy. Can't wait to see why's book number 3 bricks is going to be about and what characters if any from the first two novels will be included.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the "Halfskin" premise so much, I'd gobbled the sequel up within hours and didn't want it to end. Could not put it down. I connected so much to the first two installments, I cannot wait for the third. Highly recommended.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very good follow up to Halfskin! The book continues the story of Nix and Cali and the others ... and take it to ...

Can't wait until the next book BRICKS comes out! Read these books, you won't be disappointed.
David Wright
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a sequel. Another book that I struggled to put down, this picks up straight after the events in book one but a bit further down the line.
As with the first book, the government and M0ther are at it again, encroaching on the freedom of people in the name of humanity and consequently bringing their own form of twisted justice to those found wanting. There are multiple questions raised again in this book as to where does free will become imitation / a corruption and how far can we realistically
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
The description of this book says, "Her life has become dull and pointless." Unfortunately, so has this series. Luckily I was traveling or I'd never have made myself get through it. That's what happens on long plane rides. It's still a good idea and some decent worldbuilding. I don't know why the characters and plot fall so flat. But they do.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
M0ther Certainly Surprises

The characters from Halfskin book one are here along with some more. Something seems strange about things and the ending certainly explains some but not all of the questions I have. I guess I shall have to read the next book and hopefully find out.
Amie's Book Reviews
CLAY - Halfskin Book Two

Author: Tony Bertauski

Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged

Narrator: David W. Dietz

Length: 8 hours, 47 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date: January 9, 2015

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

This is the follow-up book to HALFSKIN.

Twenty years have passed since Callie invented biomites that were untraceable by the government. Nix and Callie are both still alive, yet they lead vas
Chris Torretta
This is my fourth from Tony Bertauski and yet again he is able to leave my jaw laying on the floor.

There is just something about the Sci Fi that he writes that makes me think that this cannot even be THAT far into the future. People are thinking about this! Bertauski is a zeitgeist, ahead of his time and thinking of things that will come to pass.

The scary thing about that is that this is dystopian. It's horrific and I can see hundreds if not thousands of people wanting to go against Mother but I
Perry Martin
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Narrated by David Dietz this science fiction novel is performed in an clear and  emotional form that presents the writers prose well. The story isn't so far out of reality. This book follows Tony's previous book in this series Halfskin. Biomites are enhanced cells that when added to humans enhance their abilities. They can give special computer like abilities to a users vision, vocabulary, strength and stamina. Some are given a boost at birth and can continue to receive boosts until they reach 4 ...more
Arthena Mayfield
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Clay- Halfskin #2
I loved this book more than the first one in the series. Biomites have progressed and people are living at 99.9%. Are they still human? Who is really in control? The struggle between science & faith is more dominate in this episode in the series. Are we playing God with biomites? Or the shutdown of half skins?

This examination of morals, humanity, perspective, & reality forces the reader to examine what they believe, where they draw the line.
The twist, turns, and loopty-
Julian White
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the middle book of three and to an extent it shows. The action picks up after an interval of several years from the end of 'Halkskin' - and it introduces several new characters who will become important, as well as the three main characters from that book (and it's hardly a spoiler to say that M0ther also features).

The world has taken to bootleg biomites that escape M0ther's notice - but the authorities are still trying to control the level at 49.9%, shutting down those who become 'half
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Nix and Cali succeed in getting away from Marcus and Mother, they manage to stay hidden for 20 years. But things have not gone well between Nix and Cali, a desire to bring Raine to the real world has caused a rift between the two. As Mother's power has grown, she has started creating people completely from biomites, the numbers of these "bricks" as they are called she has been keeping hidden. But in the end it is all found out when Cali discovers that she, Nix, Mother and Marcus are very m ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF 1 star, but I wanted to give a quick review. The writing is actually pretty good. I just honestly don't care about the characters anymore. at all. I realized when i didn't care, I wasn't going to waste my time reading any more. All the primary characters in this book just seemed to get on my nerves and there were few redeeming qualities about them. The sister seemed to be the only one with any character and at about 30% or so into the book, I had only seen her two (maybe three) short times.
Leslie Fisher
This is the second book in the Halfskin trilogy, and I think this one was even better than the first. This book is much more thought-provoking as the blending of science and religion pose questions of morality and eternity. The premise of this book was really interesting and seems like it could become reality in a not-too-distant future. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book, and the narration was good, but needs a little work on female voices. I'm looking forward to reading the t ...more
David Dietz
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Starts off a bit slow and the present tense writing (rarely used in novels) takes a bit of getting used to. But, once you're into it, you find a compelling continuation of the story established in the first "Halfskin" novel. At first, I wasn't sure if it was going to be quite as compelling as the first one (thinking it might be more of a standard action-adventure story) but once things pick up, it once again becomes a startling examination of the role technology plays in (and could potentially o ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the storyline of this book.My issues with it were that there was too much to try to keep track of with technical details and names of characters.There were a few similar names I just gave up trying to figure out.David Dietz did a great job with the material.I've listened to several books narrated by him and am always pleased with his reading.
The story of biomites ,which can make you stronger,smarter,etc if fed into your body,is a good one.Of course you can get too much and then you must
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