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Adrianne Finlay.. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-544-99147-7
Finlay's fine debut novel is a dystopian story about a future society gone terribly wrong due to irresponsible cloning. Long after the death of the human race from the Slow Plague, a series of nine models of clones are all that is left resembling humanity—save Jack, the only human boy alive in the world. But the generation of clones who raised Jack failed to integrate him with clones his own age. After a life of painful isolation, Jack finds there are dangerous fissures in the clones' culture—some cracks he has caused but others that arise from generations of genetic manipulation. Finlay introduces a second protagonist in Althea, a clone who develops an affinity for Jack that she doesn't understand and which threatens the collective harmony of her community. In this consistently well-structured world, Finlay weighs the cost of conformity verses rebellion, and the narrative's gracefully restrained style amplifies the story's profound underlying emotions. Ages 14-up. Agent: Adam Schear, DeFiore and Co. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 03/12/2018
Release date: 02/01/2018
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