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December 29, 2013

CLAN by Realm Lovejoy


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Realm Lovejoy
YA, Science Fiction
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 12th 2013
"CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform"
ISBN 1493639544  
(ISBN13: 9781493639540)
language English
Clan took second place in Amazon's Young Adult Science Fiction best seller list.

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By saying I’m a clone I immediately become the unimportant copy. The faceless guy with the same haircut as my Brethren.
A borrower—not my own being. I walk in someone else’s shoes.
At least that’s how I was supposed to be.

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(from Goodreads)

 Clans are Unity.

No variation. No deviation.

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy.
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive,
even as the zombie like Frags threaten to overrun them
on an unforgiving planet.

Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain)
was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank.
But he did. Illegally.
He is different from the other Clans.

A secret that could destroy him.

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On the planet Clades, populated by Clans or clones of a "father".  Women don't exist.  The males are identical to the original which was a scientist from Earth.   There was a Frag virus that had almost wiped out the entire  planet of Clades.  The cloning was done for survival of society.

 One young Clan  has never been out of his sponsor's home.  He is 1672 or Twain.  He is a mutant that never should have survived.  But he survived the Incubation tank thanks to his sponsor.   Once he was discovered he has to join his peers and work at becoming a Builder. 1672 is not  accepted with open arms.   He is different from them.  He stands out from the rest.  His hair is longer and his eyes lighter. His peers bullies and beats him.   He does find two friends which was unexpected. One turns out to be Twain's biggest bully.  His other ally is very unique in his way of living and his personality is one that is definitely distinct.  Once again the Frag virus threatens the Clan society.  1672 must fight for his life.
The book was well written and with much imagination.   Once you start reading you can'/t put it down.  It is cause for a moment of thought.  What if? Is it possible that the Clan society exists out there somewhere?  That's an eerie thought, but very possible with today's technology that keeps improving day by day. The book definitely is different.  It isn't one that is based on romance, murders, adventurers or any of the other usual themes.  It is a book that brings about thought.  It's a book that sticks with you even when you are done.   Just think, Clones are exact copies of each other, there is no room or tolerance for anything different.  Twain 1672 is a misfit.  He doesn't belong.  Differences are not acceptable.  Totally UNACCEPTABLE.  Would you want to be a clone?
I had a couple of problems with the book.  First the cover:  Not very appealing to me.  It needed a little spark to it to catch your attention.  Second, I believe the curse words could have been left out.  I know that kids now a days have probably heard it all, but I feel we don't have to add to it.
Other than those two things, I would recommend the book to YA and Young-at-Hearters.  I thought it was quite thought provoking and an interesting read.  I'm not a YA.  So pick yourself up a copy and travel to Clades and take a look at how 1672 and the others live.

I would give this book 4 CLONES.

I was given a complimentary copy of CLAN from the author Realm Lovejoy for my uncompensated opinion.

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Realm Lovejoy

Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan. Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West. She works as an artist in the video game industry.  CLAN is her first book.  She is agented by Jessica Regel.
 Find out more about her at

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1 comment:

Candace said...

Thanks so much for giving this one a try! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. It really is a different sort of book and is very unique.