Clans are Unity.
No variation. No deviation.
On Clades, to be
a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to
survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an
Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never
supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is
different from the other Clans.
A secret that could destroy him.
I had no idea what I was getting into when I opened this book. This isn’t the kind of book I usually go for, though I was happy I did. Clan was a breath of fresh air from the predictable plots and clouded romance a lot of YA books consist of. It was original with some brilliant concepts and underlying messages, though it was hard to understand at times, and sometimes the plot went a little too fast.
Clan is a Sci-fi book set in another planet hosting a community of clones called “Clan”. Each clone refers to themselves as part of the “clan” and have a number – the only thing that deffers one person from the other. The clans are brought up to know no sense of individuality; meaning no emotion, routine and complete, utter sameness. This story is told from number 1672, an illegal, mutated Clan that was classified as dead at birth from his incubation chamber – but survived because he was specifically made by his sponsor, clone number 2. It’s through his eyes we discover what Clan life is like and the major concepts of the story are brought forward.
First up – the prologue of the story absolutely captured me. It summed up the questions and issues brought up in the story. I did have a problem with pace, though. The story started too quickly, but it eventually evened out to a good pace. There were also a lot of refernces that were hard to understand, leaving me confused during the beginning of the book – but that’s to be expected in a sci-fi.
The book brought up some great issues and concepts. The clones were brought up to live by “Unity”. However, through the eyes of three clones, unity was shown to be nothing but an illusion. Twain: A “mutant” was designed to be different, to change society and let his clan understand that “difference” is a good thing (which he realises and fights for in the end). Buster: His fear of being different led him to save others who fear the same, and now revels in being special. Chad: his dedication for unity (and experiences) lead him to ultimately be different, without him realizing it.
This all leads to the concept of clones; of being nothing but a replica, a shadow of the original. These three very different clones show that people are not defined by DNA, but experiences, perceptions and actions. I love how the characters come to realize this differently, understanding that their emotionless upbringing is rubbish because they are still human.
The plot was also exciting. I had no idea where it was going. There were constant twists, tension and surprise. The ending was somewhat confusing – I had to read the epilogue twice. I did eventually get the gist of it though, and I found it a fitting end for all the characters.
Overall, the plot was great, number 1672 (aka Twain) was loveable, and the others were also likeable. The plot was excellent, and despite the setting being hard to contemplate, all the characters actions and emotions were believable. I’m really glad I decided to step out of my comfort zone – as I really enjoyed this. If you like a sci-fi, want a break from romance and don’t mind a fast pace story, I recommend Clan to you.
PS: That book trailer is awesome! Sets a really good mood for the book. (:
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in
both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently,
she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry.
CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at
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