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on Nov. 28, 2011 :
This is part one of a series. I am not sure how many more parts there are, but this first one is enough of a taste
for the appetite to be whet. Some interesting questions are considered and left dangling, drawing the
reader in for a closer look. While brief in its length, it effectively sets up the story.
I enjoyed the character development and its subtle, effective method of instilling an empathy for the clones.
There is a sense that the two main characters will continue to be on opposing sides of power, but somehow come together.
I could be very wrong. It is an interesting thought, anyway, to be continued. Both Adam and L-42869 share some
connection that promises to be more deeply explored.
The prose is fluid, not too far above this average reader but engaging enough to keep me interested from page to page.
Take for instance this dance between two characters:
'"Yes, she is," Jim said reflexively, without even thinking about the trap that his own words could set for him. He saw it in Caroline's face, though, like a little pinch between the eyes, without her even saying anything...
"Okay," she said, and her withdrawing from argument was in it's own way an attack.'
And this declaration by another:
"I do what I do because it's right. It's right and everyone knows it. Sometimes people have to be reminded to do what they know is just. That's all." There was a force to the words, the force of conviction that surprised them both in the moment. He hadn't heard her speak on such moral terms before. His heart broke a little more."
Or this short punch of a line:
"He knew the time alone was slowly suffocating her, and by extension, their marriage."
Then, there's this blunt telling:
"The doctor speaking to her had a bedside manner, for sure. Calm and soothing voice. A kind face. What did that mean in the grip of this? Nothing."
It is not difficult to understand why I enjoyed the writing and the story line. I look forward to reading more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 13, 2011 :
If you like your Sci-Fi set in a fascinating world, full of complex characters and big ideas, then you should try this out! I was glad I did. It reminds me of a lot of the great old school sci-fi like Asimov and Heinlein. The story unfolds through several different characters, but never gets confusing. Though Adam is by far my favorite character (his stuff is in first person) all the characters are compelling. The theme here seems to be that the human brain is the next frontier of scientific exploration, with everything from memory uploads to transplanted identities. I was interested in how the clones are seen as just a vehicle to grow and develop these technologies. The idea of clones suffering from a pathological hatred of one another is interesting too, and I'll be interested to see where that develops. The L-42869 plot line seems to be about how a technology becomes human, so I'll be interested to see how it goes.
Looking forward to the next installment!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)