Copied by SM Anderson - 3 STARSSynopsis- Adopted off the black market, Alexander Mitchell, has no idea his DNA is copyrighted and property of military weapons giant Texacom Defense. Nor that his DNA is being used to develop an army of clones. When the company discovers he was not properly disposed of 17 years ago, they send an assassin copy, BETA23, to terminate Xan and cover it up.
After he narrowly escapes BETA23’s first attempt, Xan teams up with Lacey, a genetically engineered genius he’s surprised to find common ground with— only they’re awkward together. Half of the time she stares at Xan like the science project he is and the other half…let’s just say Xan can’t keep his eyes off her lips.
When they manage to capture a company copy by luck and sheer stupidity on Xan’s part, Lacey is determined to see the good in their prisoner to the point she believes BETA23 can be persuade to give them the intelligence they need to keep the company forever off Xan’s back. Xan’s not sure if he can trust the darker version of himself, not when it means gambling with the lives of his family and the possibility of losing Lacey.
*I received an ARC from net galley in exchange for an honest review
|Lacey- Jamie Chung|
|Xan & Beta|
I think this storyline could really have been better if it were if tri-perspectives, Beta, Xan and Lacey. Perhaps that is where there is a lack of connection, we see Beta change, developing emotions like compassion and sympathy, and we see Xan struggle with the darkness that exists, his protectiveness and jealous but also the love he has for his friends and families. Whats missing is Lacey. As such a pivotal role in this storyline, she feels disconnected from the story, we never glimpse what her emotions are, though by the end, we assume.
Overall this is a good science fiction based novel, recommended for the 12-16 age range with an appetite for a focus on the science fiction with a little mystery and action. Its well written, but just didnt click with me.