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672 pages, ebook
First published October 10, 2017
“Words could make anything: that was their great power, and their great danger.”
“Maybe there was nothing to being normal except the decision to do it.”
“You can’t make people with science. We’re all born a collection of cells and senses and chemical patterns, we have to become human.”
“Maybe all people were the same - they all wanted different things. But they all demanded the right to want whatever it was they wanted. They all thought of it as their birthright.”
“That was the true gift: to have a story that was still unfolding…”
“They could have been anyone, going anywhere. There was a joy in that, in the absorption: they were caught up in the great big heartbeat of the world. They were infinitely large and infinitely small. They were a single vein of feeling, an infinitely narrow possibility that had somehow come to be.”
"She had no context. She was a word on a blank page. There was no way to read meaning into it. No wonder she felt so alone"And another thing they have in common is their troubled relationship with the concept of ownership. They, who were considered property themselves, now crave to call something their own. To have something is what they think would make them human, and it manifests in different ways for each of these characters.
"People take things all the time. They took what they wanted from us at Haven, didn’t they? Didn’t you"Meanwhile, Gemma, when she comes face to face with her own replicas, starts to doubt her selfhood, whether she is really a person if there are others who are like her in every biological aspect.
“You can’t make people with science. We’re all born a collection of cells and senses and chemical patterns. We have to become human.”