Published by Self-Published on November 12, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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.
CLAN is an unusual young adult book. Unusual in a good, unique way, that is. Instead of focusing on relationships or adventure or the like, CLAN is a book that will make you think.
On one level, it’s the story of a young clone trying to find his place in a society that values unity. No deviations of behavior are accepted, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, for Twain to fit in. For Twain is unlike the other Clan. His sponsor has never allowed him to spend time with the other Clan of his batch, or even to go outside. Lonely and confused, Twain just wants to fit in. To be Clan.
But when Twain finally gets his chance to be with the others, it comes with a heavy price. He and his sponsor face execution if he cannot fit in. His blue eyes and long hair stand out amongst a sea of brown eyes and crew cuts. There’s one other big difference, but I’ll let you discover it for yourself. I will say I definitely didn’t see it coming.
On another level, CLAN questions what it means to be a clone, and what it means to be human. Are clones identical to the nth degree? Theoretically they should be, right? Because they all come from the same genetic source. But are they really? And why does discrimination still exist when everyone is identical? How far should science go in the effort of trying to save something?
At first, I was a little wary of CLAN. The beginning was slow, and I wondered just where the story was going. But once it got going … I didn’t want to stop reading. The last fourth or so of the book flew by. The author continually surprised me with plot twists and story revelations. I didn’t expect a lot of what happened, and I always enjoy when I can’t predict where a book will go. For example: how do you find a murderer when everyone has the same fingerprints? Yeeeeah. Good question, isn’t it? And if everyone is supposed to look and act the exact same, how do you know for sure if Clan 1400 is really Clan 1400?
I’d recommend CLAN for readers who like thought-provoking books and science fiction. The book is self-published, but well-done. And lastly, if you read the ebook version, make sure you check out the author’s website, since she has drawn several illustrations for the book.
*giveaway is tour-wide
About the author:
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.