Finding Fiona

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Fiona remembers little about her life until she meets someone who claims her parents were killed for a human replication machine. He's shocked to discover she's still alive since her body was found in the wreckage of the fire.

She needs to find out who she is, but more importantly, confront the men who killed her parents.

At about 180 pages, this scifi mystery is a perfect weekend read. More

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Published: Sep. 23, 2011
Words: 44,870
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465881229
About Emily Ann Ward

Hey, I'm Emily! I've been writing since I was young. I wrote mostly fiction, but I've posted some nonfiction here, as well. I love it, it's so fun.

I grew up in Colorado, in Littleton, Loveland, and Fort Collins. I've moved around a lot, though, I can't stay too long in one place. I've traveled to South Africa, Zambia, the Marshall Islands, France, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy. My husband and I do a lot of traveling, and we plan to revisit Europe in the future.

We live in Salem, Oregon right now with our two cats. I read, write, cook, try to make money from home. My chicken enchiladas are awesome.

Hope you enjoy the writing!

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Review by: Aparna Sethuraman on April 08, 2012 : star star star star
Finding Fiona is an interesting novel.. The main character Fiona was a victim of a fire and does not remember her life before the fire. She does not know who she is or where her family is.. Finding Fiona is the story of her search to fnd her identity
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: showmegirl on Feb. 27, 2012 : (no rating)
Fiction; Young Adult/Sci Fi
3.5 stars

Finding Fiona is a great story that keeps you entertained the whole way through. It is intriguing in its uniqueness of character and subject and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it.

Fiona wakes up with amnesia after a tragic accident. She knows that at some point she was kidnapped and stabbed but the rest of the details of her life are sketchy at best. Her new friend, Hannah, is doing her best to care for Fiona and help her try to figure out her past but Hannah's boyfriend, Troy is making Fiona uncomfortable.

After a quick trip to the library where Fiona discovers an article that contains photos of her parents and runs in to an old friend, the wheels start turning her towards the truth of who is really is and how she got to where she is now--- but is she truly ready to find out?

I liked the fast pace and suspense build up of the story. There are a variety of supporting characters introduced throughout the book, but with enough spacing to keep them all straight. Fiona's character was strong and a bit hard-headed at times, but I kind of liked that about her and identified with her feelings toward the situation.

There were a few flaws within the storyline that kept me from rating it a full 4 stars, but overall I found the story engaging and think that the author did a great job with this debut novel.

Recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: CynDaVaz on Feb. 24, 2012 : star star
I think I've been a little spoiled by some YA books; I expect them all to be equally well-developed and engaging (Harry Potter, Sorcerer's Apprentice, etc.). Of course, this is an unrealistic expectation, but it's still disappointing to encounter any novel that just didn't live up to its potential.

I won this book on Library Thing, and it's not *horrible*, but it's not all that great either. The plot is too basic, and all the characters were bland. The premise of the story was good, but it could have been executed better than it was.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: kutia on Jan. 31, 2012 : star star star star
high school & up

Fiona has no clear memory of her past. She isn't even sure that Fiona is her real name. She has vague impressions of running away from a fire, bleeding from stab wounds and nearly being killed. One day while at the library she comes across a back issue of a scientific magazine. In an article on human replication, she comes across a picture of a couple she recognizes. The couple are scientists who think that human replication may be possible. Fiona thinks that they may be her parents and that she may be a replica of their daughter.


Point in this book's favor: the pacing is very good. Which is also kind of a point against. The story was good and I enjoyed the suspense. What bugged me was Fiona's complete willingness to believe and trust this guy she just met. Maybe I'm just cynical but.... Okay, no buts. I am a tad cynical. Which was totally justified by a development that I didn't see coming. I was really intrigued by the whole idea of "replicating" a person. I loved the parts that got into the consequences of that. Very interesting.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: llyramoon on Jan. 02, 2012 : star star star star
I enjoyed this book. Good story, good characters, I enjoyed the plot line. I especially liked the ending. Great YA book.

I received this book from Member Giveaways and this is my first time reading this author. After reading this book I would definitely read more from this author. Thanks for the read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kelley Anderson on Jan. 02, 2012 : star star star star
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December 14, 2011

Fiona is found on the beach, bleeding from a stab wound in her stomach, burned and bloody, with no memory. A year later, living with Hannah, the kind-hearted woman who found her and brought her to the hospital, she is no closer to remembering her past. She has a journal full of dreams that feel like memories and a couple of articles in a Boston newspaper detailing her journey and searching for her family. Then one day at the library she discovers a picture of her parents in a Physics magazine. She turns around to leave and runs right into James who she knows from her former life, but doesn’t remember how.

I enjoyed reading Finding Fiona, but found the setting a little dreary. The characters were well thought out and written and the dialogue flowed well, but I never really got a sense of Fiona’s surroundings. The book was 126 pages long and could have easily been longer and more detailed.

I did enjoy the plot and the ideas behind the story – girl searches for her past and finds many answers, most of them not very nice.

I would recommend this book to young adults, it is an enjoyable read and the end left room for more – if there is a sequel, I would like to read it.

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Review by: Laura Corbett on Dec. 23, 2011 : star star star star
I enjoyed this book! Fun read, but also thought provoking! What does one think about replicating humans? Is Fiona the original human or the replica? That's alot of what the book revolves around, but Fiona is also a strong woman that defends herself and reaches for what she wants in life.
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Review by: Cassie Deaton on Dec. 11, 2011 : star star star star
Finding Fiona is a fasted pasted young adult murder mystery with a sci-fi twist. The story opens with Fiona in a hospital after an accident that she can't really remember. Panicking, she has flashes of what happened to her and has the horrible feeling she has lost something, or someone important to her. The story then moves forward a few months when Fiona is living with the woman who found her, Hannah, on that terrible night. She still can not remember anything of her past but it doesn't take long for the pieces to start coming together.
Before the fire Fiona and her parents were working on a replication device. This machine had the power to completely replicate a person at that exact time in their life....down to their scars and memories. Now that Fiona knows her parents died because of this machine and the people who started the fire are still after her, she must fine out who, before they hurt anyone else she cares about.....only Fiona died in the fire too! The police report found the remains of her parents and their daughter in the fire. Does this mean the replication device actually worked? And if so, is Fiona the replica or the original?
Using the help of a past boyfriend who she doesn't remember (but would like to), her newly discovered uncle and Hannah, Fiona travels back to the scene of the crime to make sense of this crazy puzzle.
I Loved (with a capital L) this book. It puts you right in the action, and allows you to figure out the clues right along side Fiona. With just the right twist and turns you won't want to put this book down. I found myself thinking I had figured out what was going to happen and then the author would throw me for a loop again. With emotional loss, bittersweet discoveries and a old romance, this book makes a perfect lazy afternoon read. I really hope to see more by this author!

find the full review at http://shadowkissedcassie.blogspot.com/2011/12/review-finding-fiona.html
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Earls on Dec. 09, 2011 : (no rating)
This is a novella about a girl who suffers through a very dramatic event and comes out with amnesia. She is determined to find out who she is, where she comes from, and who her family is. She ends up finding out that she might not be who she thought she was and not everyone is honest with who they are.
This story combines science with straight up drama. I liked the concept, especially not really knowing who the main character actually is, plus trying to see if everyone around her is who they say they are. The story is good; it’s a nice quick read that keeps you interested up to the end.
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Review by: al gritten on Dec. 09, 2011 : star star star star
Who is Fiona? That is the question that Ward builds her novel around. This is a well built sci-fi thriller that rapidly draws the reader into the story. Fiona has amnesia, but why? She has snippets of memory that come to her in dreams or nightmares. As the story unfolds we discover that Fiona is really Elizabeth Normans. But Elizabeth and her parents were killed in a fire that destroyed her parents lab and their life's work - replication. So, who is Fiona? Is she Elizabeth or a replication?

This is a fast paced thriller, but despite the mystery around Fiona, it's not really a whodunit. We discover rather quickly whodunit. They mystery here revolves around whether Fiona is Elizabeth or a replication. Ward writes well with a style that is engaging and easy to read, and in a classic style that doesn't reveal too much too soon, keeping the pages turning.

"Finding Fiona" explores a relevant subject in our modern world where cloning is becoming a reality and the questions of identity arise. A la Frank Herbert ("The Dosadi Experiment" and "Destination: Void"), she explores the issue of who is real and who is not. What creates identity? Is it our fingerprints, our DNA, our memories - what makes us real? And if you are the replication than perhaps you are left to ask who am I? The only criticism I have of the book is simply that I wish she had developed this theme a bit more deeply. However, she leaves room for the reader to ask the questions, even as she explores the answer for her character as she seeks to find Fiona.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: inharket on Dec. 08, 2011 : star star star
This book is very reminiscent of 'The Adoration of Jenna Fox'. It dealt with similar concepts, themes and emotions, and if you enjoyed the Adoration, I would recommend giving this a flick through.

In places, the writing is a little simplistic, though the storyline and the themes mostly make up for it. It's a quick, and relatively enjoyable read, but I feel that with some work and polishing the characters, this book could go from 'enjoyable' to 'amazing'.
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Review by: Marta Silva on Dec. 03, 2011 : star star
The victim of a brutal attack, Fiona could remember little about her life until she meets someone who claims to be from her past. He tells her that her parents were killed for a human replication machine. He's shocked to discover she's still alive since her body was found in the wreckage of the fire. 

She soon travels to her old home in New York to figure out what happened to her and her family. She needs to find out who she is, but more importantly, confront the men who killed her parents.

The synopsis explains what goes on the book rather well. There is Fiona who suffers from amnesia, and is in search of who she is. There is a bit of science-y things that have to do with human replication (not to confuse with cloning, very different things). And there is crime and mystery as well.

It sounded promising, but this book just didn't work out for me. Not the writing, that seemed too fast and too dry, not the characters, with whom I couldn't connect with, and especially not the science. Because in science fiction, I have to believe the science works, no matter how strange it seems. In this case it just made my eyebrow go up while I questioned: “Seriously?”.

And as for the mystery, I didn't expect much surprises and on that account, I was not disappointed. It had a nice twist in the ending, that I have to admit didn't cross my mind, but apart from that it all fitted the characters' suspicions.

And speaking of characters, and since I said they didn't work out for me, let me elaborate. Fiona, the main character, was probably the one I had most trouble with. She was confusing, but not in the way of “I don't know who I am”, more like she couldn't make up her mind about things. I also found her lacking some depth, and I would have liked to have the amnesia part more explored, the sense of not knowing who she was. Apart from her relationship with Hannah, the woman who helps her when she is found after her attack, the interactions with the other characters felt a bit flat. And that includes her past boyfriend.

This is a rather short book, and maybe it's meant to be taken more lightly than I have. But for that I would have expected a lighter theme, or some humour in it, or maybe some actual romance. As it is, this book remains just an unsatisfying execution to a good idea.

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Review by: Linda Wilbert on Nov. 29, 2011 : star star star star star
This book is an awesome book to read. I would highly recommend reading this book.

It starts off with Fiona living in Boston in Hannah's house that she hardly knows because she knows Hannah found her on the dock in New York with her stomach bleeding and Hannah took her to the hospital to get stitched up. While Fiona was living with Hannah she had nightmares of her past.

As the story unfolds she learns about her past and how she was obsessed with a replica machine.

After remembering about her past she decides to start a new life with a new identity and her boyfriend from her past.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Linda Wilbert on Nov. 29, 2011 : star star star star star
This book is an awesome book to read. I would highly recommend reading this book.

It starts off with Fiona living in Boston in Hannah's house that she hardly knows because she knows Hannah found her on the dock in New York with her stomach bleeding and Hannah took her to the hospital to get stitched up. While Fiona was living with Hannah she had nightmares of her past.

As the story unfolds she learns about her past and how she was obsessed with a replica machine.

After remembering about her past she decides to start a new life with a new identity and her boyfriend from her past.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: roadway2000 on Nov. 29, 2011 : star star star star
I enjoyed this book from the moment I started to read it. It was just a relatively short story, but kept you intrigued from the beginning.

You are told about a girl who cannot remember her past, but gradually does find out a lot.

You will find a person who is so good, she helps someone she does not know, lets her into her life and cares for her more than a lot of people do for their own children.

Read this book, it will be a easy and enjoyable read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tessa Hopt on Nov. 29, 2011 : star star star star
This book caught my attention fairly quickly; I was so enthralled with the text I soon found my nose to the computer screen as I tried to read faster and faster. Most of the characters were developed beautifully, such as Fiona, but a few (such as Keith) should have had more development; that being said, the book could have been longer. Over all the book was great! The plot had some good twists, the characters reacted in a realistic way, and it was a great idea for a sci-fi novel in general. A great quick read that's definitely worth your time!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Denise Pappas on Nov. 29, 2011 : star star star star
I won this ebook off of a Member's Giveaway on Librarything. Finding Fiona is a novella about a girl, Fiona, who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of her life. She eventually learns that her parents had been working on a human replication machine and that they were murdered because of it.
I really wish that this was longer than it was. As a reader it was a little difficult for me to fully connect with the characters because there wasn't as much background and description as I would have liked there to be. I really think that this would be really amazing as a full novel. Just from reading Finding Fiona I can tell that Emily Ann Ward is definitely an author to watch.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kutia on Nov. 29, 2011 : star star star star
Fiona has no clear memory of her past. She isn't even sure that Fiona is her real name. She has vague impressions of running away from a fire, bleeding from stab wounds and nearly being killed. One day while at the library she comes across a back issue of a scientific magazine. In an article on human replication, she comes across a picture of a couple she recognizes. The couple are scientists who think that human replication may be possible. Fiona thinks that they may be her parents and that she may be a replica of their daughter.


Point in this book's favor: the pacing is very good. Which is also kind of a point against. The story was good and I enjoyed the suspense. What bugged me was Fiona's complete willingness to believe and trust this guy she just met. Maybe I'm just cynical but.... Okay, no buts. I am a tad cynical. Which was totally justified by a development that I didn't see coming. I was really intrigued by the whole idea of "replicating" a person. I loved the parts that got into the consequences of that. Very interesting.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mirrani on Nov. 29, 2011 : star star star star
Finding Fiona is a short story that is part mystery, part modern day science fiction. With a tale of duplication that could easily have been at least partly inspired by an episode or two of Stargate Atlantis, this story will be an enjoyable read for anyone, even by those not of scientific mind. In fact, though the plot is based on events within the field of science, it is more centered around life. There is no overpowering scientific description, only brief little notes are thrown in that supplement the plot and are easy to read and follow, continuing the story along its most believable path. A quick read for anyone interested in the idea of several "what ifs" ranging from "what if there were two of me" to "what if I lost my memory and had to start over." Don't be fooled by the short length, character and plot development work hand in hand to make this a most enjoyable read.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: njmom3 on Nov. 29, 2011 : star star star
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com...

Finding Fiona is the story of a young woman, Fiona, who has lost her memory due to a trauma. She is cared for by Hannah, who found her as Fiona was left after suffering stab wounds The books is about Fiona finding herself, discovering who she used to be, and learning who she can trust. Tied into this is the mystery of her parent's death and why those responsible want to find her.

The story has good guys and bad guys. However, because Fiona does not have her memories, part of the book is about discovering what group each character belongs in. This question extends to the character of Fiona herself. Is she who she thinks she is? Added to this is the topic of scientific research and the ethical implications of certain types of research.

The book is a fast paced story with characters that you feel for. It has elements of family, friendship, and even a little romance along with the central conflict of Fiona and those who might harm her. A quick, interesting, and fun read.

***Book reviewed for LibraryThing Member Giveaway Program***
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bailee on Nov. 26, 2011 : star star star star star
Finding Fiona by Emily Ward was a fast paced, exciting, and amazing read. This is one book that I will read again and again just for the simple fact of how AMAZING it was. I can't tell you how many things I liked about it! It is the best book I've read in awhile and it was only a novella.

First as I said, it was fast paced and I couldn't put it down. I never got bored of it because of how unique the plot was and surprising the twists were.

Fiona was a strong female character that made me want to read more about her and her relationship with James was simple in its beauty. I liked that romance was just a side note, not the center of the story.

I loved the bad guys (like I always do) and it was awesome that they weren't bad guys just to be bad guys like they are sometimes. No one is a bad person just for no reason and they weren't murderers for no reason in their mind either.

This was an epic read and I loved it. Highly recommended to everyone!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: tjsjohanna on Nov. 23, 2011 : star star star star
Ms. Ward takes a common theme - amnesia and a dark secret - and gives it a twist with human replication. Fiona doesn't know who she is, or even what she is. Ms. Ward maintains an atmosphere suspense where the reader is never quite sure who the "bad guys" are. An entertaining read.
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Review by: Patrizia on Nov. 20, 2011 : (no rating)
Finding Fiona had me captured from start to finish. It's a mystery story whith a bit of science and romance thrown in. Very easy to read and with the way research is developing today the whole subject of replication isn't too far fetched. Not a big fan of sci-fi type novels but this one has won me over. Great read.
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Review by: breezywriter on Nov. 20, 2011 : star star star
This book had a quite intriguing beginning and was an interesting read about halfway through. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't quite live up to its potential -the fast pacing seemed to become jumbled and confusing - but still a nice little read.
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Review by: Carol Brannigan on Nov. 18, 2011 : star star star star
A short read which takes on quite an interesting and topical view of science and ethics. This novella is very fast paced but you do get a glimpse of the main character and her struggles- along with a bit of philosophy and a smidgen of physics thrown in. A nice little gem that is sure to get the thinking wheels in motion.
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Review by: Hopeless Life on Nov. 14, 2011 : star star star star
Fast paced short read with many lots of twists. Author did great job at keeping the attention of me (the reader) and the plot. I really enjoyed it though wished it was longer as I was reading I was glued to it. Very good short read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Hopeless Life on Nov. 14, 2011 : star star star star
Fast paced short read with many lots of twists. Author did great job at keeping the attention of me (the reader) and the plot. I really enjoyed it though wished it was longer as I was reading I was glued to it. Very good short read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Nov. 12, 2011 : star star star star
This was a very fast paced novella. I liked the character of Fiona. She has glimpses of her past though her amnesia is making it difficult to determine what is memory and what is dream. When she finds an article in a scientific magazine she recognizes her parents. There is plenty to keep your attention in this story.
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Review by: Yllektra V. on Nov. 07, 2011 : star star star
The book revolves around a young girl, Fiona, who suffers from amnesia. After a tragic accident that cost her her memory and - as we later find out her parents- Fiona is picked up and cared for by Hannah and her boyfriend, Troy.

She has been living with Hannah for the past four months, during which she keeps having fragmented memories of a fire, a fire which she nearly escaped mostly because she struggled and she was helped by a brown-haired girl. No matter how hard she tries, full memories don't come to her and it is during a visit at the local library that she sees an article on a couple of scientists working on human replication.
Recognizing their faces, she is convinced they are her parents and she discovers her real name, at last.
She is Elizabeth Normans. But if so, who is the girl with her own DNA and the same dental records that was identified as her during the fire?
As she struggles to find out more, she is aided by James, a young man she recognizes as her boyfriend before the fire and in an attempt to help her remember, he gives her her journal. Written in her own handwriting, Fiona knows it's hers but it sheds little light.

Digging deeper, she finds out that two scientists, the Alarian brothers also wanted to participate in her parents' study but were rejected and they were the ones to burn down the lab.
As an article on her case is published on a Boston newspaper, Fiona knows that the Alarians know she is alive now and will come after her for her knowledge of her parents' study, a study that is worth a packload of money.
Now Fiona must run for her life, but it's not just her anymore. Now she has to protect, Hannah, Troy, James, Keith and any innocent person she has come into contact with.

At 126 pages, this was a very short read and quite a fun one. The plot was interesting and Fiona was a likable character, but I have to admit that something about the novel didn't let me be really engrossed in it.
It started quite quickly, with Fiona interacting with Hannah and Troy at a trip to NY and having faint memories, but the way it was described, didn't let me sympathize very much with her.
I think, had it started more slowly and with a little more detailed and emotional description, it would have made me feel more for the protagonist, but as things were, I felt a bit detached.
It read almost like a fanfiction, which was not a bad thing at all, but I think had it been a little longer and had it invested a bit more on character development and a little insight into the character's personalities and emotions, it would be a lot more exciting - at least for me.

Sometimes the dialogue fell a little flat to me, because it seemed a little stiff and the chemistry between the two (past) lovers, Fiona and James didn't really convince me. Had there been a little emotional background during their scenes, I think it would make me enjoy the novel more, because let's face it, who doesn't like a little romance?
As it was, I didn't feel the love as they say. :P

It seemed like the plot moved a little too fast, before we had the chance to honestly connect with the characters and their torment and that is why I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
I really liked the ending and how it was wrapped up, but I kept hoping that in some way, Troy- Walter would have a different ending, or somehow have a nice emotional scene with Fiona. He deserved it, but although she teared up on occasion, she was a bit too tough for my liking. Then again, it was her toughness and determination that kept her alive, so I shouldn't complain. lol

Quite a nice read, anyone who likes light, sci-fi stories with a dash of mystery and romance would enjoy.
I will definitely read more by the author! :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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