Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #YA #dystopia Clone Crisis by @melissafaye16 #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s team review is from Judith W, she blogs here https://readandreview2016.wordpress.com/

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Judith has been reading Clone Crisis by Melissa Faye

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Clone Crisis is the first in a new young adult, dystopian series. The book is set in a 25th century world where cloning has replaced reproduction. Careers and education are assigned by DNA, rather than talent. Without any parents or family, Yami is brought up to follow the slogan: what’s best for the community is best for all. However, she begins to question this, wondering if what’s best for the community may not be best for anyone.

Clone Crisis shares some similarities to The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins or the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. In style, it also reminded me of another good YA book I read called UnBlessed, written by Crystin Goodwin.

The dystopian idea of a fertility crisis immediately makes me think of novels like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Plus, filling the entire world with replicas of a previous generation is a chilling prospect.

Clone Crisis has some fun scenes and it has an interesting cliff-hanger, leaving space to explore the consequences of Yami’s actions.

Speaking of Yami, I thought the character names (e.g. Yami, Etta, Vonna) were almost at risk of being weird for the sake of being weird. A small thing to notice, I know, and not a serious issue (other names like Katniss, Triss, or Kisara aren’t exactly normal either).

I also thought some of Yami’s interactions with Ben, her ex-boyfriend, were a bit clunky. I understand things can be frosty between exes, but their dialogue came across as unintentionally awkward.

As a piece of feedback, I think the overbearing, authoritarian nature of the community leaders could be emphasised more, in order to clarify the cruelty of the community and help the reader support Yami’s own actions more.

However, I really don’t have much to nit-pick. Clone Crisis was an enjoyable read, and if you like the dystopian titles I’ve already mentioned throughout this book review, I’d recommend this series to you.

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars

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– Judith

Book description

In the 25th century, the entire population of the world is a clone of a person born hundreds of years earlier. Without parents and family, what’s best for the community is best for all. That means going along with the career assignments that divide society by class, working towards finding an end to the fertility crisis, and obeying whatever the government decides is best.

Yami, a driven but closed off medical intern, has avoided building new relationships after her mentor disappeared years ago. She can’t hide from the world anymore when her best friend, Etta, gets pregnant for the first time in three hundred years. Yami begins a journey to protect her friends at all costs. But when more and more secrets are uncovered about the government they all trust, Yami is forced to question the walls she’s built up around for herself.

What’s best for the community may not be best for any of us.

 

 

 

Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #YA #SciFi #Dystopia Clone Crisis by Melissa Faye @melissafaye16

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs here http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

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Terry has been reading Clone Crisis by Melissa Faye

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4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.  I’m not its target audience, which is (it says) YA/NA, but it’s the sort of intelligent YA that’s not terribly ‘teen’.  It’s set in the US about 300 years in the future, when a 100 year long fertility crisis means that the human race continues by way of cloning.  Obviously this means no families; citizens live in communities, where they are divided into Gold, Silver, Bronze and Grey categories, according to intelligence and capability tests taken at a young age, and assigned a job most suited to them ~ allegedly.

It’s all about the community.  Most follow the culture and rules laid down by the authorities without question, but the main character, a ‘Gold’ intern doctor called Yami, has started to think that all is not as it seems.  Then the impossible happens: someone gets pregnant.

I liked Yami very much; she’s antisocial, doesn’t require many friends, and says what she thinks because she doesn’t care too much what others think of her.  The blinkered believers and followers of rules get on her nerves.  Some of her friends are super-irritating in their inability to see what was really going on, but such is the way of things in these dystopian worlds.  The writing flows well, all the characters are clearly defined, and the story is not predictable.  The science is convincing, too, when it needed to be; I never thought, uh-oh, she doesn’t know enough about this stuff.  It’s clear, for instance, that computer hacking/concealing of data is not her area of expertise, but it’s written in such a way that the reader has all the information he/she needs.

There were a couple of areas that I felt could have been dealt with more fully; for instance, Yami and her friends have to leave the community to travel across country to others, over land they have never seen before, but there was nothing about what the country actually looks like, 300 years on.  Where are all the old cities and towns?  I’d have thought the characters would have been gazing about in wonder, and I was looking forward to knowing what America was like outside these small, artificial settlements, but there was nothing.  Or perhaps Ms Faye didn’t consider that necessary for a YA/NA novel ~ as I said, I’m not exactly its target market.

Yes, I’d recommend it for any lovers of light, dystopian/futuristic scifi.  The ending is excellent, and made me want to read more, which I definitely will do.

Book description

In the 25th century, the entire population of the world is a clone of a person born hundreds of years earlier. Without parents and family, what’s best for the community is best for all. That means going along with the career assignments that divide society by class, working towards finding an end to the fertility crisis, and obeying whatever the government decides is best.

Yami, a driven but closed off medical intern, has avoided building new relationships after her mentor disappeared years ago. She can’t hide from the world anymore when her best friend, Etta, gets pregnant for the first time in three hundred years. Yami begins a journey to protect her friends at all costs. But when more and more secrets are uncovered about the government they all trust, Yami is forced to question the walls she’s built up around for herself.

What’s best for the community may not be best for any of us.

AmazonUK | AmazonUS