Beta

by Rachel Cohn

Disney Publishing Worldwide | October 16, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Beta is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Elysia was born without a soul, her only purpose to serve the wealthy inhabitants of Io, an island paradise. But sensations are clouding her mind...anger...loneliness...love. Before long, Elysia that she is a Defect. And If any human on the island discovers the truth, it will cost her her life.

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Published: October 16, 2012

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 142317335X

ISBN - 13: 9781423173359

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Book Nerd Canada Elysia is the second teenage clone Beta, still with flaws she is sold to a prominent family on the perfect Utopian island Desmesne. Her goal is to be a perfect companion to her human family. But when she meets another teenage Beta, and she starts seeing her First's memories, she starts to question what is right for them and what is right for her. Manufactured perfection in a little island called Demesne, I thought it sounded just perfect. But we all know that nothing is perfect. Everyone is beautiful and young or they try to be.. These families are one of the most superficial and snobbiest characters I've read. I wouldn't be caught near any of these people in real life for fear of wanting to punch them. And even though they are humans, there is also the master race called the Aquine who are genetically engineered people with great looks and strength. I loved the world that Rachel brought to my attention and I liked the technology she created like the grav games which would be terribly exciting if they created it in real life. I also thought the lavender waters would be too perfect to see and swim in and was a nice touch for me to imagine such a world. As I'm reading along I really did want there to be an uprising and a rebellion of sorts against the humans making the Beta clones privy to the right to live, but that wasn't what I received. There are three instances in the end that didn't seem necessary and I was quite horrified to learn what transpired. It was too much all in one go and I wanted to ignore it for my review but I just couldn't. I thought it was a bit ridiculous to be honest. If those things didn't happen I would have loved this. Especially with that cliffhanger ending! Beta seems like it could have delivered a flawless story about humans and cloning, but it didn't. It exploded its own execution.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing premise Mini Book Review: I was intrigued by this book and loved most of it. However the last 1/4 of the book felt rushed, and just made no sense. I don't want to spoil anything but a surprise plot twist just didn't work for me as it was out of character. It reminded me at times of Blade Runner in its treatments of the Clones and their rights (Also mentioned as replicants - hence the connection) which I found truly fascinating. To me it was a fabulous premise that was poorly executed at times. I really wanted to love this more as the premise is one that truly intrigues me, but I just felt at times that the author had a fabulous idea and was pressured by the publisher to execute it. That being said it was good enough for me to pick up the next copy in the series. Working at a bookstore with a minor knowledge in publishing I understand the plethora of trilogies but I truly am getting sick of them -- give me more standalone novels. 3.25 Dewey's I picked up a copy of this at BEA and did not have to publish a review
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much more layered than I thought Maybe it was the all pink cover but I really wasn’t expecting that much from Beta. I mean I was expecting it to be good - it is Rachel Cohn after all, but I wasn’t expecting it to blow me away. But boy was I wrong. Beta is not your run of the mill young adult novel. It is pure science fiction gold. In quite literally a perfect world (or a perfect island if we’re being specific) humans have created clones to wait on them and take care of daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, party planning etc. Though this practice is fairly common, Elysia is different. She’s a Beta, a prototype if you will, of a teenager and she’s brought into one of the influential family who are looking for a kind of replacement for their daughter who has gone off to university. Instead of making this world simplistic in it’s perfection, Rachel Cohn does an amazing job, layering in the detail. And she does so in such a seamless way, you almost don’t notice all the information you’re absorbing. The island Elysia lives on, didn’t spring up out of no where and the author gives us a brief history of Demesne (the island) and the people, without simply dumping information on the reader. But in addition, she also shows us the cracks. What problems the society has, how it’s viewed by those internally, how it’s viewed by those externally, their treatment of others etc. It may not be a solid foundation for a society but it is a solid foundation for a novel. I also didn’t expect Beta to be as deep and meaningful as it was. I found the text was constantly asking questions about what perfection really means, and who has to suffer/sacrifice for that perfection to come about. I also found that I spent a lot of time thinking about what it is exactly that makes someone “human” during my reading of Beta. How would clones fit into our society and how would be treat them? As a vegetarian I often think about how we treat other creatures on our planet and this book really hit a nerve with that part of me. Being a Beta, however, Elysia is quite a regular clone either. We’re led to believe she experiences things a bit differently than other clones on the island and I found this a great way to frame her character because it allowed you to really watch her grow throughout the novel. She goes from knowing almost nothing about the outside world, to question all that she is confronted by. I liked watching this transition and it made Beta an interesting character study on top of everything else. Recommendation: As you can probably tell from this review, I loved Beta. I thought it was beautifully written and incredibly thoughtful and I recommend it to anyone who wants a science fiction novel they can talk about for days. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2012-12-04

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Beta

by Rachel Cohn

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 16, 2012

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 142317335X

ISBN - 13: 9781423173359

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Elysia was born without a soul, her only purpose to serve the wealthy inhabitants of Io, an island paradise. But sensations are clouding her mind...anger...loneliness...love. Before long, Elysia that she is a Defect. And If any human on the island discovers the truth, it will cost her her life.