on Aug. 25, 2018 :
This book had great potential but lost itself.
When I started reading I was thrilled/intrigued. I was REALLY working my brain muscles trying to piece together the, who did it? Why? What's going to happen and all that other good stuff.
Then it was revealed to me.
Leaving me not only frustrated but also disappointed.
Needless to say, I didn't like that the story was too fast to reveal to the reader what was going on. Up until about halfway (I think around where Kamal was commenting on President Garcia not mentioning her scar anymore which I thought was a decent tease but then I later disliked it because it became the thread that was pulled to unravel the whole sweater, so to speak) I was REALLY into the story, I especially liked the climatic scene where Blake discovered Keegan's hostage-cells because I was all like “what the crap!? What is he up to?!” with excitement and at this point I would have easily rated it a 4. But then all the beans were spilled and I was left just reading about how the characters find out the backstory/explanations I already knew. It was anticlimactic to say the least. Which is why I rated as I did, but to clarify I give it a 2 star rating because to me it is a“rough, needs work” not the “close to terrible” that maybe others might interpret that number as.
Now, I did like several things about the book (despite that my rating might suggest otherwise) and it's only fair I talk about them.
I liked the creative way in which the characters were all interrelated. Especially because at first I thought it was going to be parallel stories about different characters but then it was revealed how the stories were interwoven and I found it really interesting and even clever.
I also liked the thought provoking themes this book has. Like clone rights, clone-original interaction, cheating, ego, if the end justifies the means and also moral themes like if Kamal was right or wrong in doing ALL for his sister. I love books that make you reflect and this one was really up my alley in that respect.
To me the idea of this book was a really interesting, dark, story whose greatest fault was rushing to get across instead of slowly unfurling or teasing it's complex themes. I think I would really LOVE this story if it was simply reworked/extended.
Overall I found this book to be excellent until it jumped ahead of itself (as I've already said may times now, so forgive me but IT IS in my opinion practically the only flaw), then it kind of all unraveled and I couldn't wait to get it over with hoping for a surprise ending but again being disappointed.
I'm afraid I couldn't in good conscience highly recommend this book as it is. At most, I could recommend this to someone who likes books that make you think about moral issues but with the caveat that it kind of peaks about midway and then it's an anticlimactic ending. It's more of a thought stirrer than a good story from beginning to end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)