Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Originals

by Cat Patrick

Lizzie, Ella, and Betsy thought they were identical triplets. But when they discover that they are actually clones of another girl, more of their life starts to make sense. Like the fact that they divide the day into thirds, and all share one life in public as "Elizabeth." They've never questioned it, trusting their mother and her plan to keep them safe. But then the girls start to fall for boys, and not the same ones, and the careful divided life they've lived starts to break apart around them.

This is not a book that debates the merits or demerits of cloning, but instead looks at the process only as far as if affects the three girls. They are three individuals who are not different than anyone else, but they share the same genetic makeup. It is an interesting commentary on how even in someone with the same makeup different traits become more noticeable.  The book is interesting and definitely believable. It has a little romance, thrill, and science fiction wrapped into a quick summer read.

Genre: Science Fiction
Age Level: 7th Grade

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