Title: Half life.
Author: Lillian Clark.
Genre: YA, Science-fiction.
Publication date: June 9th 2020.
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
An overachiever enrolls in an experimental clone study to prove that two (of her own) heads are better than one in this fast-paced, near-future adventure that’s Black Mirror meets Becky Albertalli.
There aren’t enough hours in the day for Lucille–perfectionist, overachiever–to do everything she has to do, and there certainly aren’t enough hours to hang out with friends, fall in love, get in trouble–all the teenage things she knows she should want to be doing instead of preparing for a flawless future. So when she sees an ad for Life2: Do more. Be more, she’s intrigued.
The company is looking for beta testers to enrol in an experimental clone program, and in the aftermath of a series of disappointments, Lucille is feeling reckless enough to jump in. At first, it’s perfect: her clone, Lucy, is exactly what she needed to make her life manageable and have time for a social life. But it doesn’t take long for Lucy to become more Lucy and less Lucille, and Lucille is forced to stop looking at Lucy as a reflection and start seeing her as a window–a glimpse at someone else living her own life, but better. Lucy does what she really wants to, not what she thinks she should want to, and Lucille is left wondering how much she was even a part of the perfect life she’d constructed for herself. Lucille wanted Lucy to help her relationships with everyone else, but how can she do that without first rectifying her relationship with herself?
Rating: 3 stars!
The idea of this book was so interesting to me! I really like books about clones, it is just interesting to me how they do it and how it will work out! And the beginning of this book did really focus on this aspect, and I really liked reading that!
In this book we follow Lucille who has some stuff happened to her, so she decides to reply to this email, asking her to take part in this program, since she is the perfect candidate. When she replies she does not yet know what it exactly is all about, but she decides to do it anyway. So you already kinda know something has to go wrong. But that’s what were here for! So then Lucille is ‘cloned’ into Lucy.
Then we go into the middle part, which was not my favourite.. We just followed both Lucille and Lucy living their life. But since they are clones they have to not be at the same place, and have to know what the other one did etc. This part just felt very bland to me..
And then the ending happened, where things obviously went wrong. That part was definitely interesting and I wished we got more from that! But I don’t want to go into this part too much because of spoilers.
I definitely really enjoyed this book and kept wanting to continue to see what was going to happen! I really recommend reading this book if you want to read a quick science-fiction.
Lillian Clark, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, grew up riding horses, climbing trees, and going on grand imaginary adventures in the small-town West. She’s worked as a lifeguard, a camp counsellor, and a Zamboni driver, but found her eternal love working as a bookseller at an independent bookstore. Now living in Teton Valley, Idaho with her husband, son, and two giant dogs, she spends her time reading almost anything and writing books for teens.
Prize: win a copy of HALF LIFE and IMMORAL CODE by Lillian Clark (US only)
Starts: June 9th 2020
Ends: June 23rd 2020
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