Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.
Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face.
Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.
When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?
"To live beyond death, if only in the hearts of loved ones. It's contagious, the concept that death isn't really the end."
I started this book skeptical, the premise is similar to the movie The Island. The conflict, experience, and morality of clones has been explored many times, in many mediums. I liked the story I was interested and engaged right away and through most of the book. Ven is courageous and understands what is right, even as she pretends to be apart of everything that is wrong in her world. I enjoyed the romance because it seemed sincere, and honest. As the story progressed what starts out as engaging , doesn't rise to the strong opening.
I enjoyed the action, the friendship, and the obstacles that Ven overcomes. The writing was good and the action was well paced. I was looking for my appreciation of the journey Ven is on to grow, but it didn't. The book fell short because I never felt fully immersed in the society created. We are given glimpses into the inequality that exists, and into how Imitations are created. But the fast progression of the plot, without enough world building left me unsatisfied as a reader. The many questions I had outweighed my interests in the characters, as I progressed through the book. Instead of making me want to finish in hope of answers, it made me frustrated.
I know that there is a sequel to the book that will explore the answers I didn't get here. There just wasn't enough substance, for the work to stand alone. I finished the book unsatisfied, feeling as if it was a chapter ending, instead of the end of a novel because of all the loose ends. Despite the book's strong points, I won't be continuing the series. Clones themselves provide plenty to explore, but there wasn't enough originality within the book to make me want to learn more about the world Ms. Hildenbrand has created.
**This book was provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**