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The Similars (The Similars, 1) Hardcover – January 1, 2019

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Gr 8 Up-This debut novel takes place in the near-future, when humans have been successfully cloned; six clones, known as the Similars, have transferred to the prestigious Darkwood Academy after they were raised by a mysterious guardian on man-made island. They are all clones of current Darkwood students, with the exception of Levi, whose DNA match, Oliver, died at the end of the previous school year. Emma, still reeling from Oliver's death, is further traumatized by Levi's arrival and by a brutal attack on her friend Pru by an unknown assailant. She becomes determined to find out what happened. Hanover attempts to draw parallels between the Similars and refugees in our current world. The premise is interesting, but the writing is sometimes pedestrian. The pacing varies and the frequent use of hyperbolic language becomes counterproductive. Most characters are thinly developed boarding school stereotypes. Side plots involving human experimentation, an anti-clone movement, an underground clones-rights organization, the Similar's secret agenda, Darkwood's elite clique, Emma's relationship with her father, and Levi and Emma's inevitable romance are not adequately explored. The attack on Pru is unconvincingly resolved with quick exposition at the end. VERDICT Try Marisha Pessl's Neverworld Wake for a more nuanced boarding school drama with a sci-fi twist.-Judy Poyer, Anne Arundel County Public Library, MDα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"A fast-paced thriller about identity and love." - Publishers Weekly

"Episodic and fast-moving with plenty of twists and one very big turn that will delight mystery readers." - Booklist

"Fascinating. I was captivated." - Francine Pascal, bestselling author of Sweet Valley High and Fearless series

"A brilliantly imagined near-future world where six clones and their counterparts grapple with profound questions of identity and what it means to be human. The first book in a compulsively readable duology, Rebecca Hanover's THE SIMILARS asks us to consider the consequences of our scientific creations. Part cautionary tale, part gripping teen romance, THE SIMILARS is as immersive and fast-paced as it is shrewd, compelling and heartbreaking." - Ray Kurzweil, inventor, futurist, and New York Times bestselling author

"A page-turner that more than delivers on its premise. Hanover takes on sci-fi and high school with equal wit and understanding." - Allison Raskin, New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Everyone But You


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  • Publisher : Sourcebooks Fire (January 1, 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 149266510X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1492665106
  • Reading age : 14 - 18 years
  • Lexile measure : HL680L
  • Grade level : 8 - 12
  • Item Weight : 1.22 pounds
  • Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
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