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The Pretenders

(The Similars #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,139 ratings  ·  269 reviews
In this conclusion to The Similars duology, Emma must figure out who she really is, decide between two boys with the same face, and stop a dangerous plan based on revenge.

Emma is still reeling from the events of her junior year at Darkwood. Not only is her best friend, Oliver, shockingly alive, but the boy she loves—his Similar, Levi—is still on the island where he grew u
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Published December 10th 2019
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Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads, arcs, sci-fi
You know that scene in the office where Jim says that Dwight revealed that he was a double agent which allowed Andy to share that he too was a double agent and then wait for it Michael was also a double agent? That’s this book.

“The Pretenders” follows Emma as she works through the chaos that found Levi back on the island and Ollie home sage and though she wants to celebrate having her friend back he can’t fill the hole in her life where his clone used to be and when mischief in the form of Dupl
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I currently have no comment on the ending.
Rebecca Hanover
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's almost pub day, and I am ELATED to share book 2 of THE SIMILARS series with you. This series has been a part of my life for so long now, it's a dream to have the second part out in the world. Thank you to every reader who has reached out -- every book champion, librarian, book seller and reviewer. THANK YOU. ...more
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
this would’ve been another 5 star read if the ending hadn’t been so rushed.

i really loved this duology and i’ll definitely reread it in the future, it gave me such a massive sense of nostalgia despite me never having read it before, but i just wish this book had been given 50 more pages to properly pace the ending so it wasn’t such a frenzied shock-reveal that you didn’t really have time to properly take in until after you’d turned to the acknowledgements page.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, fic-scifi
The Similars (The Similars, #1): ★★
The Pretenders (The Similars, #2): ★

—☽.。* Quick recap!
☆ Short synopsis: After discovering a shocking truth on Castor Island, Emma must figure it all out while also stuck in a love triangle with two boys who has the same face.
☆ Read this book if you're: Fan of a fast-paced & light sci-fi.
☆ You might want to consider it because: The romance plot was extremely way more dominating, considering this book promoted as a YA Sci-fi.

Sadly, my review of the
Lisa Mandina
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get a copy of this until after it was published, even though I had it listed as not being published till January, it actually was released in December. So sorry this review is a bit late! This conclusion the story was really good. There were lots of twists and turns, some hinted at in the end of book one. Without giving much away, it turns out that the plot is even more terrifying than was believed in the first book, and what happens at the school, and out in the world itself is more th ...more
Lauren (bookwormlk84)
I enjoyed this, but I found myself loving the first book so much better. I flew through the first book so quickly, so I’m a little disappointed that this wasn’t as good as the first.
Alia B
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship-goals
Okay, the ending totally got me. I'd be impressed if anyone saw it coming. The few things that truly bugged me was the dialogue and descriptions sometimes. I don't understand why Hanover uses the phrase "I exhort" when the MC, Emma, is talking to her friends. You can just use "I say." Simple words exist for a reason. Or "feeling bereft" or "my words divorced from my mouth" which is fancy and I appreciate, but when you use it over four times within the span of 10 chapters, it gets old. I actually ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I did like the ending. There was nice twists in it. Wish there was more to the ending.....
Laura (midorireads)
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
As much as I loved The Similars, I can't say I felt the same about this one...

While the first book was awesome because of it's "newness" (in terms of a fresh concept...at least one that I hadn't yet read), as well as a plot line that was not only intriguing, but kept me engaged until the very end - which was obviously a cliffhanger, because that is apparently my lot in life...

That aside, I mistakenly assumed that meant that book 2 would be just as good, and eventually lead to an awesome - and ex
The Similars and The Pretenders are the perfect pair! Emma has so much new information and a shocking revelation to comes to terms with. I love the twist and the humanity that takes center stage. I was so shocked and felt so lucky to get the ebook on loan from the library right away with NO wait, unheard of for me. If you haven't read The Similars, pick it up today and then The Pretenders right after. ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
1. this was a mess
2. wasted potential
3. that ending though omg
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Emma and her Similiar friends continue to struggle against the crazy plans of their creator and guardian.

It happens that I've been reading mostly books in series lately. Lots of sequels coming out around now. And the more of them I read, the less I understand why publishers can't put a little recap in at the start. It's a year and a half since I read the first book. I vaguely remembered the plot, but the main source of angst for Emma the whole way through this one? No memory of it at all. I had
Dec 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
I have to wonder if this sequel was on a rushed timeline or something. The idea is interesting enough but each individual plot point feels rushed and doesn’t serve anything. And the writing feels the same way. It repeats really basic ideas and the dialogue is really not believable for seniors in high school. Very disappointed, but the concept is interesting and has me thinking about what makes us human.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
wackKkkk idk how i felt abt it tho i still think I liked the first one better but this book was prETTY GOOD NGL

also... wow plot twists
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Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
bruh the end got me good
Becca MacGillvray
Mar 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
I hate this book
Gayle Noble
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Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Mixed thoughts! I am still unsure what I really think of this duology in the end. I love the concept. I live the twists and turns this takes. Yet again though, the characters drove me crazy about how they don't better involve and/or confront adults. I mean, seriously, we are dealing with kidnapping, attacks, etc. Involve authorities! Emma needed to talk to her dad and insteads drives herslef crazy trying to figure out the truth. ARGH! While I like that there was a twist at the end of the book, I ...more
Alexe (mtlbibliophile)
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this sequel to The Similars. The writing was just as good and the characters just as interesting and well-developed. I only took away .5 because I found this novel to have much fewer cliffhangers than the previous one. It is one of the elements that greatly appealed to me in book 1. Other than that, the plot was filled with twists and turns that I sometimes saw coming, but mostly not. Loved it!
Jun 22, 2022 rated it it was ok
I loved the first book in the Similar series but this one was nothing like it. From the very beginning, Emma is just a whiny baby but at the same time she was also trying to be the most responsible person in the entire world. Also 90% of the fight scenes in the book make no sense and just left me confused as to what the heck was happening. I would’ve given it 1 star but the ending did end up redeeming it a little bit so for that it gets 2.
Dec 09, 2021 rated it liked it
*3.5 I liked this book but I LOVED the first one. There were a few things I found confusing here.
Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Things get even more tense at Darkwood with the presence of the similars, especially with the appearance of what appear to be a third set of clones. This plus an insidious plot by the similars' creator creates quite the story line of events. The mystery of the story gets stranger as the book goes on and I found myself thoroughly confused at points, which is to be understood with all the clones running around. Ultimately, this is a pretty decent duology and I'm glad it was only two books. Any fur ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
The Pretenders is the sequel to Rebecca Hanover's first book The Similars and connects Emmas past with her future tying up loose ends from Rebecca Hanover's first novel, all the while adding multiple shocking new twists no one could've predicted. A story about family, self discovery, and belonging.

The Similars ends with Emma learning that she is actually a similar herself, and struggles with the concept and wither she should present this newly found knowledge to her peers and friends but before
Ethan Kurzweil
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extremely riveting and spellbinding - I couldn't wait to get to the end, and was shocked at what I found. It presents modern day issues with a very intriguing sci-fi dystopian plot-line all in a natural way that made me feel empathy for Emma and the other main characters.

I'm excited for what Hanover writes next! And I hope there is a third book in the series!
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow what can I say about this book? I enjoyed the first book but I really enjoyed the second book. This book had me laughing, crying and shaking with anxiety, and I mean literally shaking. There were plot twists all throughout this book that I honestly did not see coming. I highly recommend everyone read these books!
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
I enjoyed all the twists and turns of this book. Some were expected, some were not. The two books were well written and I appreciate an author that isn’t greedy by making 14829 additional books and spinoff series!
Jan 16, 2020 added it
If you're not aware, this book is a sequel to The Similars, and you will need to have read the first book to understand this one. We have written a review to it, so you can check our opinion in case you don't know it. Also, there will be spoilers of the first book in our review, beware.

We take off from a little after The Similars left us. It's a new school year and Emma is coming back with Oliver, but not with Levi. She still need to process what Graveller revealed and face the anti-clone moveme
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

Okay look, it's kind of impossible for me to write a legit review without spoiling stuff- at the very least, stuff from the first book. And I don't want to do that, because I know that I often look to reviews for both books before starting a series, so, you know.

I will say, I liked this one even more than the first! I thought it was twistier and more exciting, and I actually had no problem jumping back into the world (which, I admit, I worried about a bit because I didn't think I remembered
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I think I liked this series for the most part. This book definitely got a little confusing with all the different versions of each of the characters, but the ending made me happy for the most part. The deaths were sad, but I understand why they had to happen.
I will say that I wish the ending was explained in more detail. Emma did a good job explaining what happened to the characters, but I wish we knew more about the politics and the whole anti-clones movements and everything. Did the t
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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).

Her adult debut, THE LAST APPLICANT, launches in 2023.

Rebecca lives in San Francisco with her husband and three kiddos, w

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