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The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
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Initial thoughts: I expected more from The Similars. It contains two subjects I adore in novels — clones and boarding schools — and yet, it fell short. I couldn't look past the plot holes and inexplicable circumstances. Secret societies are staples of YA books set at boarding schools but in the case of The Similars, the elite society was supported by the school board. In order to be inducted, one had to be among the top five scorers in an admission test. That's all fine and good but don't tell me the principal has no idea about the hazing practices. I just couldn't suspend my disbelief with this one.

Overall, the plot was entertaining but the transitions between scenes didn't always make sense. Yes, there was supposed to be this air of mystery, what with students being attacked and/or disappearing. The adults in this book just seemed entirely too clueless, given that several of them had been part of the society as teens and apparently benefitted from it as adults. What makes this even stranger is that apart from the occasional midnight meetings, the society didn't actually contribute to the student body. It was just a convenient plot device to explain away the motivations of the villain in this story.
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Reading Progress

February 13, 2019 – Started Reading
February 13, 2019 – Shelved
February 13, 2019 – Shelved as: format-ebooks
February 13, 2019 – Shelved as: published-2019
February 13, 2019 – Shelved as: target-young-adult
February 13, 2019 – Shelved as: clones
February 13, 2019 – Shelved as: high-school
February 13, 2019 – Shelved as: genre-science-fiction
February 13, 2019 – Shelved as: writers-american
February 13, 2019 – Shelved as: text-fiction
February 24, 2019 – Finished Reading
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: 2-stars
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: kidnapping
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: grief
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: boarding-school
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: single-parenthood
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: read-2019
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: zzz-read-2019-02
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: mystery
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: friendship
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: romance
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: secret-societies
March 12, 2019 – Shelved as: secrets

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