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The Clone Codes

(The Clone Codes #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,670 ratings  ·  323 reviews
In the year 2170 an underground abolitionist movement fights for the freedom of cyborgs and clones, who are treated no better than slaves

The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than one hundred years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. In the year 2170, despite technological and political advances,
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Reading is my Escape
What does it mean to be human? In the year 2170, clones are created to do specific jobs and basically treated like slaves. They are created bald, with skin colors, like purple, orange, and silver and referred to by number. These measures serve to dehumanize them and make it easy for people to spot a clone. In addition to clones, there are cyborgs; a person becomes a cyborg if they have artificial or bionic parts (due to replacements from accidents or illness). Cyborgs are considered three fifths ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
One thing I HATE is when plots move waaaaaaaaaayyyyyy too fast and then the cheesy feel for the book deepens. The clone codes, being rather short, was REALLY hard to finish. In fact I didn't even bother to read the last pages as the plot was too easy to guess. I looked at the last paragraph and I was right. Now I should NEVER judge a book by its' cover right? Well then I will just judge the title. Yeah it sounds right for the book but I even felt embarrassed being seen reading this. There's not ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
From the beginning pages, I devoured The Clone Codes. And despite the novel's shortness, there is plenty for the reader to take in. The futuristic setting, the science fiction element, and the non-stop action made this novel a complete page turner. The novel definitely something for all types of readers.

One aspect that really surprised me about The Clone Codes was its message. Most readers will be familiar with the history of slaves and their treatment. What is interesting is how the authors too
Alma Gonzalez
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was initially drawn in by the idea, which was great and had so much potential. Of course, the finished product doesn’t always amount to potential. I easily guessed the plot. When Leanna was surprised and stunned about something she just discovered I was thinking what! You didn’t already know that? I've been guessing that the whole book! The writing is beginner and I could’ve easily written it, which is saying a lot. The worse part to me, though, was that it seemed like it was trying to teach ...more
Delenn Jadzia
Apr 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-good
About six months ago, I went to babysit for a family friend. On my way there, the car in front of me broke down, causing me to nearly break down in tears because I had no clue how to turn right at the intersection, and it was one of my first times driving alone. Luckily, after the people in the car in front of me signaled for me to go around them, I managed to make it to the kids I was going to be babysitting.
Everything was fine, at first. There were two boys, aged about two and seven, and becau
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book's plotline was flat. Literally. I couldn't find a single thing that is as flat as this book's plotline. I get it that Leanna (was that her name? I forgot.) was like this custodian or guardian of earth or something, but add some interesting scenes, like fight scenes or scary ones or intimate ones, whatever, I don't care, this book just revovled around this whole finding rights for clones and cyborgs, and how Leanna like swifting. For some reason, I just couldn't read past the first chap ...more
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this years ago but I remember really enjoying it.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Bringing together the past and the potential future, this was a great read.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really like the book The Clone Codes by Patricia C. McKissack. I think when Patricia was writing this book she was thinking of a way to explain the past in a modern, exciting, and interesting way. This book takes place in 2170. Leanna is a thirteen year old girl attending what is called a virtual school, she doesn’t even leave home. She uses special glasses to take part in all her classes, even p.e., her favorite is history. They get to experience what it was like to be there, you would never ...more
Dianne Salerni
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it
The Clone Codes should have been a fantastic book. The setting and premise are promising – a future world where clones and cyborgs are treated as property and less-than-human. An underground organization, deliberately compared to the Underground Railroad on the nineteenth century, strives to win personal rights for all human beings, and members find themselves declared enemies of the state. Leanna Deberry, a teenage girl clone who was raised as a human, represents the sole proof that second-gene ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Aug 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: washyarg, sci-fi
By the year 2170, human clones and cyborgs are commonplace. Clones have been created to act as slaves for their “firsts” (human owners) and have very specific laws that must be followed. Cyborgs (humans with more than 3/5 of their parts replaced) are also held under similar constraints, although not as severely as Clones. When Leanna’s mother is arrested as part of a treasonous group, the Liberty Bell, Leanna discovers something surprising about her past and embarks on a harrowing escape from t ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I actually had my eye on this one for a while. Come on, it's about clones! How could I not love it? Well unfortunately, I didn't love it. I did still like it though. It seems like I wasn't able to fully connect to the characters or really get too invested in what happened to them. A ++ for concept though! The whole toryline and premise was exciting and thought-provoking. I just wish I had cared more about the characters! Definitely looking forward to a sequel if there is going to be one. I'd lov ...more
Dec 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
Have you ever taken an American History class?
Ever heard of the Underground Railroad?
Don't waste your time on this book. You've heard the story almost exactly already, and just because the cover's awesome doesn't mean it's all sci-fi and badass.

Maybe not the best thing for me to pick up the year I'm taking APUSH, but there you go.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Stopped at page 64 due to the OVERWHELMING predictability of the plot. Really. Really. Predictable.

The first 2 big plot bombs? Guessed them before I had even finished the first chapter. *sigh and meh* Tried to make myself read further--look at that cool cover! it's got to get better! and there's a history component; that's good, right?--but just couldn't subject myself to this torture.
Emily Baker
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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Feb 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
lol this book sucked i read it when i was 8 and I still remember how BAD IT WAS, i advise everyone to not read it bc of how cheesy and dumb and predictable it is and save ur money and to not waste it on this piece of poop that calls itself literature
Salvador Vazquez
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A scientific future awaiting you to read it's amazing things. ...more
Seirra Weaber
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
It was really interesting to me.
Sep 30, 2015 added it
It was a very good book, because it was in the future and it feels like you are part of the book. It's moral is that you should clones like you would like to be treated. ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is mixed emotions. This book was about a teenage girl who was cloned by her twin sister. This is a world of the clones and cyborgs mixed in with the normal people. They are hiding in the shadows. This author writes this book to show that clones and cyborgs are not bad people and they can help improve the world but that is not how the people in this book sees it. They want to kill as many of them as they can before they think that the clones will take over the world. I like the part whe ...more
Mary Beth (tinybookfort)
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This book is a great example of "Goodreads reviews aren't always reliable." I was a little worried when I saw the meh overall rating and some popular reviews pretty much trashing it.... but it was really, really good! Some melodramatic dialogue and not the subtlest of plots, but it's a middle grade novel and the McKissacks aren't really going for subtlety in the first place.
This book explores enslavement as an American tradition and introduces the reader to a few historical figures and facts. Le
Tiandra Dodd
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
The Clone Codes by Patricia C. McKissack is a book that focuses in the year 2170 and all activities are virtual even P.E. class. Also every family owns a clone, but these clones are 0/5 human. They are manufactured and overtime their parts malfunction. After reading this book, I have come to the realization it was not one of my favorites. I found it to be very confusing and could have been expressed in a different way. I understand science fiction books are supposed to make the reader think crit ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I hated this book.This book was the biggest waste of time in my life.The book was overwhelmingly boring.I thought the book had only one interesting part and that was when she found out she was a clone.The book also lacked creativity, the whole book was based on civil rights.The only difference is that they put a futuristic spin on it.The only reason I kept reading the book was that it was short and I didn't have the time to pick out a new one.Overall the book was terrible and I wouldn' ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 stars)
This has a neat futuristic setting.
I loved the characters, especially the quirky Captain & 9767.
Leanna is a brave girl, and I enjoy her journey.
It didn't go into too many details about this future. There's a lack of wdrldbuildling,
but it is enough that you get a sense of things. They take their time in revealing the
story and each world and place the characters visit.
I enjoyed the lingo & the "Swifting" game.


A 13 year old girl finds out she's a clone. This redefines w
Shy Book Dragon
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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Shannon Fay
Feb 04, 2020 marked it as dnf-graveyard  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: un-hauled
DNF. Not because it's a bad book, only because Im cleaning up my shelves, noticed this, read about 3 pages, predicted the ending, and was right (and because the first thing our heroine does is somethign that makes her TSTL). I'm sure it's a great book if you're part of the intended audience and not 30, and probably also i you're a middle school aged person who needs a lesson in humanity, and not a wildly liberal adult.

No rating since I didn't read it. Seems like a decent book, just not for the
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I like the kitchen sink approach to this book, and it sounded enticing to the kids who showed up at book club without reading it -- it's got allusions to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, clones, a dystopian government, cyborgs, kids on the run from said government, aliens, time travel, a genius kid who designs and AI, and much more! It meant there was lots to talk about with the kids even if most had skipped the actual reading, and some of them checked the book out on the way out. ...more
one of my biggest pet peeves in books is when authors use excessive exclamation marks, and this was unfortunately the case in the clone codes.

the best part of this book is the race commentary and the inclusion of science fiction in race. i can't exactly put a finger on what makes this book more of an okay read for me, just that it's not the best writing and leanna is very young and naive. i found myself getting very frustrated with her and her quick judgments of other people.
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Patricia C. McKissack was the Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author of The Dark-Thirty and Porch Lies an ALA Notable Book. She collaborated with Jerry Pinkney on Goin' Someplace Special (Coretta Scott King Award winner) and Mirandy and Brother Wind (Coretta Scott King Award winner and Caldecott Honor Book). ...more

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