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7th Son by J.C. Hutchins
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Jul 01, 2010

it was ok

Interesting idea (seven clones of a 14-year-old old alpha who grow up not knowing they're clones) but clumsy Dan-Brown-esque execution of the plot.

Also: so the clones are drawn together and they compare the differences in their lives after age 14 and one of them is gay. Originally I was like, "Oh, huh, that's cool," but as the book progressed, I found it more and more irritating and eventually offensive. Because if the clones are genetically identical and only one of them is gay, you're essentially taking the "nurture" side of the nature v. nurture argument re: homosexuality, which is deeply problematic.

But here's the thing: the book never even addresses what it was about his post-cloning nurture that made him gay. Like, seriously, if you're going to pull that shit, at least tell me about how gay clone's father left his mother and his mother was overbearing and that made him gay or his priest molested him or some other stupid offensive shit, don't just leave me hanging!
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message 1: by Erin (new) - added it

Erin Ha ha love it!!

message 2: by Erin (new) - added it

Erin And I hate books like that

message 3: by Dara (new)

Dara Studies have found that many sets of identical twins where 1 is gay and the other is straight even when raised in the same household. Identical twins are, for scientific purposes, clones as they have the same genetics. Therefore, the discussion of nature vs nurture in regards to sexuality is not so simple, especially as all 8 clones have the same first 14 years of nurture since the memories were downloaded. Perhaps the writer was trying to point out that nature vs nurture is too narrow of a view to explain human complexity and variations.

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