Sunday, October 26, 2014

Copied by S. M. Anderson

Xan's world is turned upside down when his community blames him for the fire that nearly killed him. Nobody believes his story about not remembering how he ended up in the fire in the first place. There were too many witnesses who saw him start the blaze. Only Lacey, the school genius, thinks Xan might be telling the truth. When Xan and Lacey catch Xan's mysterious evil twin, Beta23, they discover their troubles are far from over. Xan and his twin are clones, genetically modified copies of another person, created by a secretive corporation. The fire was only the beginning: Xan is under recall.

S. M. Anderson's debut novel is full of action, suspense, and even a hint of romance. I liked the characters well enough to want to find out what happens next (hint, hint about writing a sequel?), especially since the story ends with plenty of room for further adventures. I found the scientific aspects of the clones believable, and I also enjoyed the philosophical portions examining the nature of individuality. A solid YA read, fairly clean, but perhaps warranting a PG/PG-13 rating for thematic material and possibly a bit of language (from the perspective of someone who sometimes finds language issues in G-rated films).

I purchased this book in ebook form.

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