by Rachel Cohn
Published: October 16th 2012
Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental modle of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist.
Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island's workers-soulless clones like Elysia-are immune to.
At first, Elysia's life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island's flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent among Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care-so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia's mind?
If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happiness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.
MY OVERVIEW: Well, while I had some problems with the book I actually somewhat enjoyed the story until the end. I will try not to give anything away, but the ending completely ruined the book for me.
PROS: I liked Elysia's character. You can really tell that she is a "defect" and struggling with confusing emotions. I didn't really like any other character, but I knew as soon as Tahir showed up what his twist was.
CONS: Aside from the horrible ending - the society wasn't believable. I am sorry, but a society that creates clones for slaves WOULD have created (ahem) prostitute clones. Especially when they try and create only the best perfect clones. No, I would not have wanted to read about them, but come on - they would exist probably before any other clones did.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Um, I probably would have read the next book in the series, but I don't really see that happening now. Even though the book ended with a pretty big cliffhanger, other parts of the ending completely ruined the rest of the series for me.