When six clones join Emmaline's prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend's face each day in class.
The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn't care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver's exact DNA replica and one of the Similars.
Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their clique, uncovering dark truths about the clones and her prestigious school along the way. But no one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for who has Oliver's face.
This book was really awesome! We got to deal with the mystery of what Oliver tried to tell her, and deal with her emotions when the Similars come to school and Levi being Oliver's clone, and so much more! It was a really great book!
I felt bad for Emma. She's basically alone, her mom died when she was young and her dad is distant, her best friend just died, and she only really has one other friend. While that isn't easy, she does deal with it and lives her life. And then everything starts happening, and yeah, I really enjoyed reading about her going on this journey! Especially that end! That was pretty shocking! So many revelations!
What I really loved about this book, is that it's less of a discussion about the moral rights around cloning, but more of a show, not tell, demonstration, we see the realities of what's going on. Sure, the characters do have conversations that touch on this topic, but it's not to preach, but to explain how it affects them, personally.
There were a few times in this book were I was like, why don't you contact the police? This is wrong, you know that, you want to do something about it, why don't go to the police? It's not like the bad guys are specifically targeting them, well, Emma. Sure, the police didn't do a good job with what they were told about, but this was bigger than that, and probably would've involved a lot of police scrutiny-like, all of the country, maybe the world, vs. just the people in the area and maybe the families of the students. Yeah.
Loved this book, and I'm really excited for the next book!
Author: Rebecca Hanover
Series: The Similars #1
Read: December 18th, 2018
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a DAC Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book!
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Expected Publication: January 1st 2019