Clan by Realm Lovejoy
Genre: Young Adult – Sci-fi
Genre: Young Adult – Sci-fi
Clans are Unity.
No variation. No deviation.
On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy.
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet.
Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.
A secret that could destroy him.
This book follows around 1672, or Twain, as his sponsor calls him. He has been in hiding for a very long time and all he wants to do is go outside. He sees shadows pass by the frosted glass window every day but that’s all he is able to see. All he knows is that he is special and that is why he can’t go out with all the other clans. Clans are exact copies. They do everything the same every day. There are no women on Clades. Just various ages of clones.
One day after he questions his sponsor enough, he finds out one reason why he isn’t allowed outside, he’s different. Then he finds a way to open the window and someone notices him. He is forced to go into the world and act like everyone else. Not to get noticed. This is very hard when you look and act different that the other clans. This is where his struggles begin. Twain starts out as a very strict rule follower. Then he makes a couple unlikely friends.
This story was definitely very different from anything I have read. I really didn’t know what to expect out of it because there was only one review on Goodreads! This story had quite a few plot twists. I didn’t predict anything that happened in the book. Which I liked because it kept me interested through the whole story. The ending was super intense and I couldn’t wait to find out the outcome. It put a big smile on my face! Ending the book with a smile is a fantastic way to end any book.
I enjoyed the writing style also. There was pretty good world building although it did take some time, that was how the plot played out and I feel it was done nicely. Even though the characters where clones I still really liked them. They had different personalities and you could tell who everyone was without a problem. This book was hard to put down!
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi. I would recommend it for more mature readers.
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review
Twain heard a muffled voice behind the closed door. “Don’t be alarmed. He’s had… some unfortunate events. But he is a Clan and Father Krume approved his attendance.
Remember, we must be Unified.”
Twain took a breath. Are the Clans going to scream and run when they see me?
With a shiver, he pushed the square button on the door. It opened.
Around thirty Clans were standing. Each head whipped around—all nearly identical to his own. Twain froze. He quickly lowered his eyes.
A middle-aged Clan stood with his arms crossed in front of the room. He was a First-Batcher with the number three on his uniform. It must be Luge.
“The new Clan,” Luge said. “Number…”
Twain caught the man’s eyes and straightened so that Luge could see the number on his shirt.
“1672,” Luge finished. Not looking at Twain further, Luge pointed toward the back of the room. “Take your shoes off and go stand.”
The floor was softly illuminated. Over an empty spot, two footprints lit up—the place where he was supposed to stand. Twain hurriedly took his shoes off and lined them up next to the other shoes against the wall. He strode over, watching his bare feet bloom with light around the edges from the floor. He was like a locust on white paper—easy to inspect. He instinctively bowed his head as he walked, his bangs hanging around his eyes like curtains. Nobody else had bangs; they all had Buzzer Cap hair, two inches long, a little longer toward the forehead, trimmed the first day of every month by the Buzzer Cap machine.
The Clans whispered.
“No wonder Twigg kept him locked up.”
“Someone must have taken a piss into his Incubation Tank—”
“What if all of the 1670s were a rotten batch?”
Luge clapped. “Clans—you must be silent or I’ll come around to slap each of your mouths. You know what to do: assume the hexagonal.”
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Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan. Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West.
Realm aspires to tell stories through her writing and art.
She is agented by Jessica Regel.
Her upcoming YA sci-fi novel is titled CLAN, due 2013.
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