Note: I received a free copy of Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
chose Imitation, the story of Ven who is an Imitation/clone, of a
privileged young woman because it reminded me of the movie The Island.
And in a way it was very similar. There is a whole building, called Twig
City, where the Imitations are shown footage of the Authentic they have
been created to look like. They keep their figures in shape according
to what their Authentic looks like and they know little of the outside
world beyond what they must do to help their Authentic. That includes
being around if their Authentic needs an organ transplant or if they
need to stand in for their Authenics during dangerous situations.
latter (going undercover) is the case for Ven, an Imitation of Raven
Rogen, the daughter of a man very important to the science world. Only
she finds that the world as she knows it is not what she expected when
she realizes her best interests don't matter to most anyone and in fact,
society as a whole,does not even see the Imitations as real people.
in the realm of most futuristic/slightly dystopian, a rebellion is
spoken of and begun though not much more than basic planning is started
in the first novel. That's why I gave it only three stars, because this
is definitely not a stand alone novel in any sense of the term. The
story isn't complete and I don't like that. Even if there are more books
to come in a series there should be some type of resolution and Ven
finding out more about the rebellion is not a good enough one.
complaint though: in the clone training center they are shown some
footage of their Authentic's lives. But they aren't allowed to really
experience any of the stuff for themselves. How are you supposed to act
natural when riding in cars and elevators or talking to boys when you've
never done any of that? That does not make any sense!
But other than that I really liked the book and will likely buy the second one when it comes out next month.