Tessa's advance book review: Beta by Rachel Cohn

Beta by Rachel Cohn is a reality star cum clone story which is pretty shallow and tired. The location is quite possible--a terraformed island with special atmo and seawater for the elite to sizzle and rejuvenate.  Only the uberrich can get there, and all the servants are cloned.  Beta is what our main character is--a trial clone who is designed as an adolescent rather than adult.  She is gorgeous and everything seems super, but she knows right away that something is wrong. Clones have no souls, no emotions.  But she remembers her First's life, and she reacts with emotions. Elysia knows enough to hide these dangerous internal disturbances.

As she tries to assimilate to life in the household where she has been placed (purchased), Elysia begins to realize that there is much more going on than the humans realize...Insurrection! If you haven't read much about clones, this book is not too bad.  But it just can't compare to Farmer's House of the Scorpion or Ishiguro's Never let me go. ~ Tessa  3 out of 5 stars

Warning:  You're reading along in this book, and then there is a disturbing assault.  Be warned. It sneaks up on you, because the tone is so laid-back, innocent. Not for younger readers!

The book will be released October 16th.