Clan by Realm Lovejoy
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.
ReviewClan is a ya sci-fi novel about a young man in a society completely composed of clones. Yes, I said clones. Clan, 1672, or Twain as others come to call him, was supposed to be an exact copy of his brethren. Everyone in his society is an exact copy of one man. The man who is in charge of the birth of clones knew when Twain was born that he was different, but instead of killing him like he was supposed to, he hid Twain away in his home for years. I am unsure how old Twain was when the leader of the society found out about Twain, but I assume he was in his late preteens or early teens. Anyway, Twain is very naive and does not even get to see his fellow clones until he is this age and is caught because of his curiosity putting himself at the mercy of the leader. The head honcho doesn't order him killed, but instead they have him groomed for another job. He then has to learn to assimilate with his fellow clones, who do not take well to his differences.
The other clones reaction to Twain's differences really made me think of some other prejudices that have come to pass in our world due to differences in appearance or culture. He is treated terribly and has a long road ahead of him. It really makes you think that if this is such a perfect society, how do these people learn to hate someone so much. All they have ever known is a perfect mundane and uniform life where everyone looks and acts the same. How is anger and hatred their first reaction towards someone just slightly different from themselves? It's not like they were taught to hate someone different. They never expected someone to break the law and let a mutant live. It broke my heart and really made me think.
Getting into some of the other clones head was a great idea on the author's part. While the story is told in third person and focuses on Twain, there are a few other characters that are central to the story. The story also follows Buster and Chad, two other clones, as they learn to deal with Twain's existence and the new changes that are happening in their precious perfect society.
Some parts of the story were hard to follow, however, and I had to backtrack a lot.
I found the actual story-line to be extremely original with plenty of twists that simultaneously shocked and confused me. Very entertaining with awesome images to complement the story and a surprise ending that gave the book a final, albeit strange ending.
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com
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