Review | The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

Title | The Similars
Author | Rebecca Hanover
Pages | 352 pages (Kindle)
Genre | YA Science Fiction
Publisher | Sourcebooks FIRE
Series | The Similars, #1
Release Date | Tue 1st Jan, 2019

When six clones join Emmeline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class in this exhilarating and riveting debut by Rebecca Hanover.

Junior year just got a lot more cutthroat.

This fall, six new students are joining the junior class at the elite Darkwood Academy. But they aren’t your regular over-achieving teens. They’re clones. And they’re joining the class alongside their originals.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about: Who are these clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? And who is the madman who broke the law against cloning to create them?

Emmaline Chance couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and it’s all she can do to get through each day without him.
Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver’s exact DNA copy and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, except she keeps getting pulled deeper into their clique. She can’t escape the dark truths about the clones or her prestigious school. No one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for with Oliver’s face.

Rebecca Hanover has done the impossible – she’s given me a new appreciation for YA science fiction novels. In all my years of reading, I’ve never quite come across something as wonderful and original as The Similars. It had everything I ever wanted – romance, action, mystery. I was on edge the entire book – I wanted more. Now I have to wait another year for a sequel.

I’ve never come across a story such as this one before – maybe that’s my lack of science fiction coming into play – but this story felt so original, so interesting. I was intrigued from the moment I started reading the book. Hanover had me hooked. I was the rabbit and she was dangling a carrot in front of me for the entire thing. But I was happy. The Similars is so fantastically written that I wasn’t bored at all throughout the entire book.

I absolutely adore Emmaline as a main character, and the way she developed through the plot was really interesting to watch. She made a brilliant protagonist, and can only hope that her development will continue into the next instalment of the series. There were a few plot twists throw in towards the end, which I appreciated, and Emmaline handled them incredibly well. She’s strong and fiesty – brave and loyal to her friends.

Though the book is described as a science fiction, I would have probably dubbed it as a thriller or a mystery myself. The book has a few dark moments, and the tone and pace of the story keep you guessing. I wanted it to continue on long after I’d finished reading.

I will be giving Rebecca Hanover my highest score, five out of five. I haven’t read a book this brilliant in a while, and to day that this is her debut novel is absolutely amazing! I expect big things from Rebecca in the future. Until the next book in the series come out, I’ll have to reread this one.

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