Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Beta by Rachel Cohn

Beta (Annex, #1)

Title: Beta
Series: Annex #1
Author: Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Reading Source: NetGalley
Reading Level: 14+  
Format: ebook
Cover Art: 4/5
Overall: 3/5

Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist. 
Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island's workers--soulless clones like Elysia--are immune to. 
At first, Elysia's life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island's flawless exterior, there is an under-current of discontent among Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care--so why are overpowering sensations cloud-ing Elysia's mind? 
If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happi-ness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive. 
The first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series from best-selling author Rachel Cohn, "Beta "is a haunting, unforgettable story of courage and love in a cor-rupted world.

Elysia is a beta, one of the first teenage clones. She is programmed to have the same thoughts as a real teenager, but has no actual feelings.
Sold to the Bratton family as a replacement for an older child that went off to collage. They seemed nice at first, but soon finds out that something is not quite right. Elysia starts to have her own feelings, which then lead to rebellion.   

 The beginning was promising, but for me it didn't live up to my exceptions. The book was a little slow in the middle. Elysia was a interesting character but she seemed cold and I could not relate to her. There is some disturbing material in the book.The book reminded me of Glitch, in a way. Overall it was an enjoyable book, I'll be checking out the second book for sure!

Thank you to Disney Hyperion and NetGalley for the ebook in exchange for an honest review!


Kat C said...

This book seems to be blending with a lot of other sci-fi -ish novels I've seen around. It was nice to see your review. The concept certainly seems interesting.

emaginette said...

Good know the good with the bad. I'll think about it. :-)

Sarah S said...

Yeah if you liked Glitch by Heather Anastasiu this book might be for you. Its one of those books you borrow from the library.
Thanks for the comments! (=


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