Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Beta by Rachel Cohn

Elysia is a clone of a sixteen year old girl on the island paradise of Demesne. Because of the special air on the island that makes humans relaxed and happy, Demesne has long used clones for all of its service jobs, but they've all been adult. Elysia is one of the first teenage clones, a beta, created to serve as a companion for some lucky family on the island.

BETA was an incredibly entertaining read. Demesne is so well rendered as a place, I had the urge to book a trip there myself (though I wouldn't be allowed to go, since I can't afford the landing strip or private jet to take me there). Of course there are plenty of cracks in this perfect world - especially in their treatment of the clones (who aren't exactly as unfeeling as they are made to be).  Elysia forms a friendship with the maid of the family who buys her, Xanthe (which is seriously one of my favorite names), and learns about the dangers clones face as well as about a growing rebellion.

BETA has some good twists, and even though I did see them coming, I still thought they worked well in the context of the story.  The plot doesn't really kick in until about halfway through (until then, it's a lot of excellent world exploration - worthy of a Zombie Chicken Merit Badge for Worldbuilding), but from that point on, it's high octane with a killer ending that definitely has me excited for the possibilities that await in the next book!

BETA doesn't come out until October 16, 2012, but thanks to the publisher, I have 1 ARC to give away. To enter, fill out this form by August 17, 2012 at 11:59 pm CST. Open US & Canada only.

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FTC disclosure: ARC from BEA 2012 (thanks again Susan!)


Beth S. said...

As usual you have managed to put a book on my radar that I have been kind of glossing over the past few times I've seen it. I really want to read this now that I've read your review!

Jill the OWL said...

Thanks for sharing about this one. I've seen it around and wondered about it!

Zibilee said...

So many great new titles coming out in this genre! This one sounds particularly rich and satisfying. I could do with some of that right now.

Jessy said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway. I'm interested to read this one.

Alyce said...

I've had this one on my wish list since I first saw some sort of promo for it (a couple of months ago I think?). It looks great!

Bookish in a Box said...

I hadn't heard of this one before, but it sounds good. I want to know what the clones are for (surely there is an easier way to get a companion?).