Elysia was born without a soul, her only purpose to serve the wealthy inhabitants of Io, an island paradise. But sensations are clouding her mind...anger...loneliness...love. Before long, Elysia learns that she is a Defect. And If any human on the island discovers the truth, it will cost her her life.
In this kickoff to a planned four-book series, Elysia is a beautiful teenage clone bought as a companion to a wealthy family living on the exclusive island of Demesne on an Earth that is recovering from ecological disaster and global warfare. Though Elysia initially believes she has no free will, she discovers a taste for human foods like macaroni and cheese and chocolate and, more importantly, begins to feel emotions like attraction, worry, and rage. She also has mysterious memories of the human girl from whom she was cloned, but keeps her discoveries secret, for fear of being marked a Defect. Cohn (coauthor of Nick and Norah s Infinite Playlist) describes Elysia s luxurious world completely and persuasively, hinting that social justice themes may escalate in subsequent books; Elysia s evolution from robotic to real is similarly believable, as is her increasing desire for freedom. However, characters widespread use of 21st-century slang and idioms distracts from the futuristic setting, and readers may be overwhelmed by the dizzying acceleration of events and revelations in the final chapters, which pave the way for the next installment. Ages 14 up.
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First off, I would like to say that this book is pretty original. (I would italicize “is” if I could.)
The concept of soulless, human-like creatures is not necessarily new, but this is a new take in this basic plot, a least from what I have seen.
I chuckled to myself when I read the description, because about a year ago I created a story called “Iceheart”, about the Xenocreatures, or Xenos as they are informally called, who are emotionless creatures who see love and emotion as a weakness. They are perfect creatures––until one batch of five Xenos goes wrong. The main character is one of the youngest Xeno ever to be created (fourteen years old), and she is called Ash. Her creator, Dr. Vinici, tells them that they will stay in his laboratory until he has need of them. Something is wrong with Vinici. The Xenos escape. But that leaves them in a whole new world, which starkly contrasts the laboratory with its lush colors and sights. They discover that maybe humans, even with their emotions, aren’t so bad after all.
See how similar these two stories are? They are both about defects. They are both about a girl. They are both about emotionless creatures.
All-in-all, I will give this story an “okay”. I give it points for pretty good writing and for clean language. But I’m afraid it’s not good enough to grip my attention as tenaciously as other books I have read.
Rachel Cohn is a good author, though, and I hope she will develop her talent and love her work as a writer.
Good luck to her and to all writers out there.
I hope this helped!
K. A. Reid
I was really taken at how such the clone concept has been taken to a new level of personality and color.Amazing!!
Hmm..original concept?i think not
This book is good,but It's not original,at all.