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The Similars

(The Similars #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,319 ratings  ·  936 reviews
When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma could
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Hannah Two, the second book is called The Pretenders
Abby Andrade Emma is pretty secluded, but this is a very "hormone- based" book. Lots of passionate feelings and embraces, kissing- mention of a character committin…moreEmma is pretty secluded, but this is a very "hormone- based" book. Lots of passionate feelings and embraces, kissing- mention of a character committing suicide because his crush doesn't feel the same way. This may not be the only reason, but definitely a huge factor in the decision...(less)

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Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
An innovative, unique and exciting new series.
Amy Imogene Reads
2.5 stars, I really didn't like this. It covered way too much, it felt like the bad parts of Twilight for a hot portion, it was extremely info-dumpy and not descriptive enough in different sections, and its characters made no sense. But, I read the entire thing and did have authentic moments of enjoyment. What the heck was this book?


Concept: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★
Character's inner logic:
Did it do what it said it was going to do: ★★ 1/2

The blurb says The Similars
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That was a ride.
Two words: Wig Snatched
(I have a spoiler-y section at the end of this review. You have been warned!)

The Similars was full of twists and turns. As soon as you thought you had figured out what was happening something else happens and it totally changes everything. I don't understand why this book only has a 3.69 rating because I absolutely loved it. At first I wasn't really feeling it but, after that first plot twist I was captivated.

I loved how it was set at a boarding sch
Kristy K
The premise of this story sounded unique and I was eager to get my hands on it. And for the first half or so of the book I was thoroughly enjoying it. With the sci-fi, mystery mix and a dash of romance, this seemed the beginning of a good YA series. But then things began to turn and I found myself rolling my eyes as The Similars fell into familiar YA traps: predictable twists and teens who can outsmart adults. I really struggled with the last 10-15% of the book. I think teens will enjoy this but ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
Technology has advanced, allowing human cloning. When six human clones show up to a private school in Vermont, Emma freaks out. Everyone freaks out. One of them is a copy of her best friend Oliver, who died over the summer. So many smart questions were raised about the ethical questions of cloning, the rights of clones, inclusion, and the need to protect minors from the media, etc.

This was a fun, entertaining book with a cool sci-fi edge and lots of twists. What really works about this one is t
Holly  B
What an intriguing premise.... 6 human clones attending a prestigious boarding school, Darkwood Academy. I was excited to read this YA fantasy themed novel, BUT it failed to capture my attention or "wow" me.

I think my expectations were too high and I was craving more of a Stepford Wives type of scenario (full of suspense with a touch of horror). This one had some of the ingredients, but just fell flat for me.

Darkwood Academy has accepted six clones that are referred to as "the similars" and they
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 3-stars
This was a book of halves for me. The first half was insightful, poignant, and extraordinarily enjoyable. An easy four stars. But the second half was disjointed, campy, and pedestrian. Two stars. So, the math wizard that I am, decided to average those two ratings and just call it even with the three stars.

The first half. Emmeline Chance is a young woman headed back to school following the death of her best friend. A death that was an apparent suicide. Wracked with feelings of guilt, remorse, los
Maggie ☘
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia-sci-fi
There's a lot to like in this book. The idea behind the story is pretty interesting. The plotline is the strongest point of the book. There are clones and boarding school and little twists and turns (both expected and unexpected). The Similars also has quite a lot of parallels to the 2016 US election and chellanges the topics of intolerance, bigotry and general small mindedness. As well as themes of humanity and identity. By the example of introducing clones into the society and how different pe ...more
Jennifer Gaarder
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Similars By Rebecca Hanover.

Sourcebooks Fire, January 1, 2019

352 Pages, Hardcover Edition

Goodreads Rating: 3.75/ My Rating: 4.00

From Goodreads: "The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn't care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
3.5 stars rounded up

This book was a solid 4 for me until the ending... but the virtual reality stuff was dumb. It took away from the rest of what was a solid book in my opinion. There seemed to be a lot of repetition throughout the book too, it probably could have been at least 50 pages shorter. I did care about what happened to the characters, and I'll probably read the sequel if I come across it...
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
I love the cover but it has a big scientific inaccuracy. You see when genes are cloned they are cloned with a strand of DNA (CDNA to be exact.). The staircase in the photo resembles RNA which is not used for cloning. RNA has one helix (or strand) while DNA has two helixes (or helices)

dear god, please shut up past me

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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The second book is out and no one is talking about it. And I am okay with it.

This one is something in between a 3 star and a 4 star read.
Being the page turner as it is, I am happy I read it👍

*Highlights of the book:
✅The plot is good, fast paced
✅The writing style is smooth and engaging
✅The character development is good, each character has their own identity inspite of being 'clones'
The cover does justice I would say.

*However, the blurb is a bit too over enthusiastic.
Before I picked up this book
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This is a YA Dystopian novel. A rather lite dystopian as there isn't much world building and it's very near future.

The setting is a prestigious high school where our group of characters are the elite of the elite. The main protagonist, Emmaline Chase, is starting her Junior year without much enthusiasm. She lost her BFF to suicide over the summer and she is still reeling from the pain of that loss. So the fact that six new students at her school turn out to be clones of some other stude
Alja Katuin
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty sure this is one of my favourite reads of this year so far.. I absolutely loved Emmaline and her dedication to find her friend.. and that plot twist!
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

So this is set in a world where clones of people exist. We follow Emma who is starting to get friendly with a group of clones aka "Similars" until she is shocked to see that Levi is a clone of her best friend Oliver who died recently.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm really grateful I was sent it because it was a very unique read.
The one thing that I
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Reading this book was weird for me, mostly because I haven’t read a YA sci-fi/ dystopia in a long while. I’ve been enveloped in a sea of fantasy and contemporary reads lately and YA dystopia was the farthest thing from my mind. But, here we are. While reading it I was reminded of all the things I liked about the genre, but also all the things I hated.

This book was a fairly enjoyable read. The premise was really interesting and the writing was quite good. The characters were also pretty decent an
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
After SEVERAL plot twists and what ultimately felt like a long but satisfying book, I’m finally finished!

RATING: 3.62 stars

Based off of what I knew about this book’s plot, I knew that several things could have happened along the way which I may not have liked. Cloning research is a touchy subject, but since I had recently done a research paper about similar experiments, I figured I knew what I was getting into.

And yet, I still ended up surprised.

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount o
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Similars ⭐️
Darkwood academy seems a bit like a cult at first. The students basically signing away their rights.
Anyway... the similars are DNA clones of 6 other people but they didnt ask or even know they were being cloned. So for the next 9 months the students are going off the grid to protect the similars identity because the media and the workd for that matter are itching to know who these clones are.
Emmasbest friend Pru has a clon named Pippa. So obviously theres gonna be some drama there.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am confused. Like a lot. Maybe it's because I am very tired and didn't appreciate the ending. Maybe the ending has no way of supporting itself... I mean... I was loving the book. All of it, even the improbable things like the similars being exploited and all that without raising a fuss because that's how they are brought up and have to deliver...

But the ending... it's not that it's bad written, it just doesn't make any sense... I mean... *SPOILERS AHEAD* the bad guy has this four people he wan
Rebecca Hanover
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My book!—and I'm so excited to share it with all of you. THE SIMILARS is a story about identity, about what it means to be an individual, about love and heartbreak and technology and the consequences of scientific advancement. It's about six teens who don't belong, but who must endure, living alongside the kids they were copied from. But really, clones + boarding school pretty much sums it up. :) Thanks for adding it!

THE SIMILARS was named a BookExpo Editors' Buzz Pick in the YA category! It's a
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Review can also be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for the eARC copy of this book. I was thrilled to have received a copy.

This book! Wow! The Similars had me hooked from the very first page. It was a gripping, thrilling, and entertaining read from beginning to end. I love to read YA novels of this type, and this book certainly did not disappoint!

Imagine going to school, or anywhere for the matter, and seeing exact look-al
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ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you Sourcebooks Fire!!)

I’m sad to say this, but, alas. incredible concept, sloppy execution.

The Similars is set in a futuristic universe where people’s DNA can be very easily and efficiently cloned, producing an exact replica of somebody, down to the very marrow of their bones. this becomes a subject of strong political and ethical discourse (à
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I thought that the concept for The Similars had potential. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to it for me.

I think the idea of cloning is very interesting. It brings up so many ethical questions. Some of those issues were brought up in the course of the book, however I didn’t think it was handled well. Instead of actual discussions and honest questions, it was treated like so many hot button topics are these days: with
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: releases-2019
Interesting...If you ever watched the movie The Island with Ewan McGregor and Scarlet Johansson, this is the YA adaptation but set in a Vermont boarding school. Or at least, that's what kept popping into my brain (and now I wanna go watch it).

The writing is sort of disorienting which isn't a bad thing. I actually think this is a strength as it really helped me connect with Emma's pov. That being said, her reaction to reveals was a little underwhelming and not super believable. I know it's in the
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Similars is one of my most anticipated books in 2019. I was always interested in clone concept, but the only book I read about it was Never let me go. The similars is a mix of everything: Twilight vibe, bullying trope, mystery, dystropian, none of which was on point, but it was a comfortable read.

The story took place in Darkwood - a preeminent school for elite students. The main protagonist of The Similars was Emma Chance, who had a difficult time adjusting to her best friend’s suicide. One
Kimberly Kowalski
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clones. Boarding School. Love and Friendship. Loss and Heartache.

These are the ingredients for a fantastic novel, Hanover did not disappoint. I greatly enjoyed this novel and I eagerly await the sequel. I would have loved to give this a higher rating, but I did have a few issues with the story.

Much as I hate to say it there were pieces that were just difficult to accept, science fiction or not some parts just felt so far fetched it was hard to swallow. I have a million questions, some of which
Booktastically Amazing
May 21, 2021 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Booktastically by: clare (cpaws)
*putting gloves on* I am so ready for some creepy masterpieces to devour.
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Sourcebooks Fire, which is rapidly turning into one of my favorite YA publishers. They seem to have more hits than not, and a lot of their books have made their way onto my TBR. Trigger warning: suicide.

Three months after her best friend, Oliver, commits suicide, Emmaline Chance returns to Darkwood Academy, an elite preparatory school for children of some of the richest and most influential people in the country. It’s also one of t
First in a compelling and exciting new series, The Similars takes the familiar boarding school aspect to the next level by introducing clones and asking the very important question: what if you were no longer the only you? How would you react? Not only was this book quite a lot of fun, but I absolutely LOVED the heavy dose of science that runs throughout coupled with some themes that certainly made me think. And it’s definitely something I’m still thinking about. I don’t know how I’d react if I ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

I’ve been desperate to read this one since I saw the blurb months ago. The premise sounds brilliant – I mean, the heroine comes face-to-face with a clone of her dead best friend, who committed suicide. The potential for angst and philosophy was through the roof.

While this book did deliver on the angst, it was somewhat lacking in philosophy, and anyway everything was ruined by how absolutely moronic the heroine is.

Warning: slightly
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Rebecca Hanover is the NY Times bestselling author of THE SIMILARS series. She earned a bachelor of arts from Stanford University in English and drama and won an Emmy as a staff writer on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light. (It's surprisingly heavy, and has scary sharp wings).

Rebecca lives in San Francisco with her husband and three kiddos, where she enjoys matcha lattes, hoodies, and a complete

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