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The Clone Codes by Patricia McKissack, Frederick McKissack and John Patrick McKissack

August 2nd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Borrowed from the library

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Scholastic Press

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars

Description from  The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than one hundred years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. In the year 2170, despite technological and political advances, cyborgs and clones are treated no better than slaves, and an underground abolitionist movement is fighting for freedom. Thirteen-year-old Leanna’s entire life is thrown into chaos when The World Federation of Nations discovers her mom is part of the radical Liberty Bell Movement. After her mother’s arrest for treason, Leanna must escape as she is chased by a ruthless bounty hunter. Soon Leanna finds herself living among the Firsts, and nothing will ever be the same again. But what does The World Federation want with the daughter of a traitor? So much is uncertain. Danger hides everywhere. Fear takes over. With help from unlikely sources, Leanna learns the origin of The Liberty Bell Movement and how its members may have answers about her past-and her new reality.

As family secrets are revealed, Leanna must face startling truths about self-identity and freedom. Through time travel, advanced technologies, and artificial intelligence, this exhilarating adventure asks what it means to be human and explores the sacrifices an entire society will make to find out.

This book is a quick read and geared more for middle grade readers rather than young adult readers and the writing style definitely reflects that.  I thought the concept was great and it immediately grabbed my attention.  On actual reading the story failed to grab me.  Leanna’s character is very head strong and I found it hard to really identify with her.  Everything is very predictable and I called almost every “surprise” long before it happened.  Just when you think the story might start picking up the book ends.   The lack of character development and the choppy story line makes me doubt I will pick up the next book but perhaps this may appeal more to actual young readers rather than adult readers with an interest in dystopias.

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

2 Responses

  1. DaydreamerN

    I liked the book. yes it is for younger readers. but I thought they did a good job in showing them some thing. it is a lot better then some of the books I have read for older teens. it has a lot of good things too might not be the best book out there. but it is a lot better then some of them.

  2. kay

    Sorry to hear this didn’t work for you! It sounds like it could have been interesting but I think I’ll pass this one for now.

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