Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi
Two Sentence Summary
In a world where every human on the planet is a William Clone that is only allowed to exist for one year before being ground up into a new one, 790-6 (self-named Billy) slips through the experiation date and discovers he has new thoughts and new questions about how this world around him works. During his journey, he discovers the world is hiding something NEW as well as many dark and socking secrets.
” Identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else. In his one year of life he will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in order to please his corporate masters. When 790’s first birthday (and scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his life. ”
How this book came into my life
Earlier this year I read, “Braineater Jones,” by this same author, and it rocked my world. It is now, easily, one of my favorite books. So Stephenl asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing his newest novel and I said, “absol-freakin-utely!”
I’ll say straight off the bat, that this book was a total surprise for me. I went into the book blind to every detail except that the title grabbed me and that I’m a fan of Stephen’s work.
But as I started reading I realized this book lives quite happily in a genre I’ve long been obsessed with, Dystopian Sci-Fi.
I’m a big fan of Dystopian stories, some of my favorite books in my middle school/early high school years were the standards of the genre. 1984, A Brave New World, and Animal Farm to name a few. (If you needed more proof as to how odd of a kid I was, there you go. Tweenie me reading 1984 as obsessively as I did Harry Potter).
There is something so delightful to me about exploring how far into the extremes humanity and civilization could possibly go. Especially if we leave behind our inquisitive “what-if” fueled minds.
The scenes that linger
The scene that will never leave my mind is the last one in the book. And I’m not going to be a terrible book-friend and spill that incredibly twisted ending for you.
This book is so hard to talk about without ruining the surprises!
But I’ll do my best.
So…. What I will say is this book will stick with you long after you read it. You’ll see the scary similarities in the world we live in to those elements in the book that are the trappings of control.
You will find yourself horrified by the experiments, and empowered by the journey that the leading character takes. The twists will surprise you and the ending will knock the wind right out of you.
This book was structured and paced very much like 1984 or A Brave New World.
At first you are just being introduced to what is “normal” in this world. It shows you the alien way of this future’s culture and sets the foundation for the aberrations to follow.
That being said, the pacing of this novel is a slow, methodical march. It never quite seemed to hit a big dramatic 3rd act the way I usually like, but there was something so… right about how this book played out. So even though the action-packed ending I prefer wasn’t a part of this book, I still loved it.
And it certainly left an impression.
Billy has such a compelling story arc, and the people (and things) he interacts with during the course of this journey are ones that will stick in your mind.
I will say that the Clonesaurus (mentioned in the title) is my favorite. A velociraptor that acts like a dog, but moos like a cow. I want to hug ‘im. ❤
If you like dystopian Sci-Fi then I think you will love this book. If you love anything about cloning, the theoretical future of our society, how the world could be – then read this book.
But be warned, this novel isn’t a feel-good book. It’s a think and reflect kind of book.
5 out of 5 Blood spattered clone stars
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