By Rebecca Hanover
#1 in the Similars series
When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.
The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver’s exact DNA replica and one of the Similars.
Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their clique, uncovering dark truths about the clones and her prestigious school along the way. But no one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for who has Oliver’s face.
This was such a good read. We follow Emmaline Chance, a junior in high school at the very exclusive Darkwood Academy. When we meet here she is on her journey to school. Driving in a driverless car with a bot she named Misery. I was intrigued with the concept of this elite school right off the bat. I’m not sure why but anything to do with boarding schools or elite schools set in America I just love.
Emmaline as a character is someone who has experienced a lot in her life and seems to continue to during her year at Darkwood. I did get someone Twilight vibes while I was reading. Emmaline I feel has a similar view on the world as Bella does, however I found the more extraordinary sircumstances in the book with the school environment, the technology and well the clones. I was able to see past that pessimistic view. I also found it more understandable based on all she has experienced.
I was really intrigued by the idea of clones and I was not disappointed. It felt like something our society would be dealing with in the future and it was written with tid bits on the progression of cloning and all the human right and moral implications that come along with the concept of clones.
There is an aspect of mystery to the whole thing with an attack and the guardian of the Similars.
The story ends on a cliffhanger and honestly I cannot wait for the next book in this series.
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
World Building: 7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating: 4/5