With the help of a rogue teacher, 1124562 discovers that there is more to Adaline than brushed steel and ...more
The plot might sound familiar, as it's the premise of quite a few scifi series: what happens if the human race was grown and ...more
Self-Published by Denise Kawaii
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He may look identical to the hundreds of other Boys that surround him, but there is something different about Boy 1124562. When he closes his eyes in the quiet of his sensor-filled cube his mind doesn't go blank like the rest of his brothers. Instead, 1124562 dreams.
With the help of a rogue teacher, 1124562 discovers that there is more to Adaline than brushed steel and robotic Nurses. When a Boy suddenly escapes the ...more
What else could there ever be?
And what happens to Bad Boys?
Is it okay to even ponder such questions?
If I ask them am I a bad boy?
This is a journey far away from the world that you know to a place where all it same and life is routine.
What happens when one boy disrupts the prescribes way of life in a set culture?
An imaginative otherworldly story, this was an amazing and a bit disturbing read.
This is one of those books where I feel bad rounding down and giving it only two stars because I actually enjoyed the reading, but I feel like the execution throughout most of the story was incomplete. More specifically, it never gives enough information to make it feel like a complete story. Yes, I realized after finishing and looking at goodreads that this is only the first in a four part series (thank goodness there is more), but even a first book needs to provide enough information ...more
Adaline itself is a construct of seemingly identical clones, raising, working, serving, and running their world along strict guidelines. Entering the institution with one of the boys, the reader learns and experiences the rigid life with ...more
I couldn't put it down and I read this in two sittings!
(view spoiler)[Boy 62's thought developments and realizations and his budding relationship with Man 71, at least in my view was absolutely archetypal, and I can't help thinking that 71, still, is holding so much back from Boy 62 (hide spoiler)]
Denise Kawaii's fantastic and surreal dystopian masterpiece enthralled me. For me it read almost like a memoir, but in second person. I continued to be pulled into the main character's...more
This is an exceptionally well written, methodically crafted tale of a utopian society, Adaline, told through the eyes of clone 1124562 (or “62”). 62, and hundreds like him, are beginning their C.A.T. (Career Aptitude Testing), a phase that determine their place in Adaline - a society that values uniformity, following rules, and unquestioned acceptance of one’s place.
But just because they are clones doesn’t mean they aren’t different in ...more
It’s a slow story with intricate world building and character development that gave me chills as I was reading it. The author does a wonderful job at ...more
This book probably had more appeal to boys vs. girls. It’s very science and technology based and there is a lot of passages that go into detail for this (possibly a good junior high book if you teach those subjects).
I liked ...more
What a fascinating world in this story!! I love books where the imagination of the author impresses me throughout. This book is a little slower on action, but the great writing and world-building make it an easy read. I love the concept and the promise I see in it. There were still a few intense, nail biting moments, and I was really rooting for 62!! I love how these almost replicas still manage to be individuals. The machines are fascinating because ...more
Kawaii pens a great thought-provoking story in Adaline, the first in this series. It gives a look at a new world, where cloning is part of the society. It is a great read, and brings to life the society of clones, where each is only identified by a number, and a long number is shortened. It's one of those stories that you won't forget, and Kawaii pens something unforgettable, and makes you eager to read the next story in the collection. The story is filled with the survival journey ...more
When I began reading, I found this book overwhelmingly reminded me of Anthem, written by Ayn Rand. Even now, after finishing the book, there is an eerie similarity - not so much in the story itself, but in the emotions that are generated.
The story is well developed and carried me along with little effort. I felt as though I were present in the room, looking on as events progressed.
I'm awed at this. There's so much wrong with the world inside this book, but it’s not a bad kind of wrong. The sameness, the lack of freedom, and the constant hovering of evil robot nurses that will spray you with sleeping gas if you aren't a good boy, is unsettling, and for me, angering.
The structure is complex, and like the boys, you are learning about a place ...more
(This review may contain spoilers).
This might be the only cloning story I've read (or seen) that has only one gender involved. I felt that was one of the more interesting things about the world within this book.
I liked the fact that I followed 62's progress and got to know the world around him as he grew and learned. It was really cool to see how his dreams worked, but I did feel there was less imagination involved than there could ...more
Adaline is Huxley’s Brave New World on steroids. The novel takes place inside a huge building that is managed by machines in service of “The Community.” All the human inhabitants (at least all that we meet) are male and cloned from the same genetic material so they look more or less identical. The story focuses on eight-year-old-boy #62 (the populace uses numbers not names). Through his eyes we learn how Adaline trains its citizens.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of reading from Big Al’s long ...more
Autho, Denise Kawaii, does a masterful job of creating a frightening world of men. The way their world is described makes me glad this is fiction. Her creativity is amazing in describing a world that unrecognizable.
The characters are wonderfully described and while different at the same time identical. The personalities are relatable to people you know. Even the bad guys are interesting. You will be turning ...more
REVIEW BY: Angel, age 13 years, 5 months
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This book was brilliantly crafted! It was intense like The Giver, but longer and a little more complex! I have a feeling that everyone is going to adore this book.
This book is about 1124562. He is identical to the rest of his brothers, but he has emotions, dreams and tons of knowledge. When 62 starts having anger, his ...more
Her memoir, Woman With a Thousand Hats, describes in hilarity her failure of dozens of "real jobs" ...more