The Similars by Rebecca HanoverThe Similars by Rebecca Hanover

The Similars

byRebecca Hanover

Paperback | September 3, 2019

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Don't miss the series debut that readers are calling Gossip Girl meets The Umbrella Academy, set in an elite boarding school, where secret societies rule, nothing is as it seems, and the genetic copies of attending students have just joined the Junior class. . .
This fall, six new students are joining the junior class at the elite Darkwood Academy. But they aren't your regular over-achieving teens. They're DNA duplicates, and these similars" are joining theclass alongside their originals.
The Similars are all anyone can talk about. Who are they? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? And who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emmaline Chance could care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and it's all she can do to get through each day without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi, Oliver's exact DNA copy and one of the Similars.
Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper into their world. She can't escape the dark truths about them or her prestigious school. No one can be trusted, not even the boy she is falling for with Oliver's face.
This exhilarating and riveting debut by Rebecca Hanover is the next obsession for readers who devoured Two Can Keep a Secret, One of Us Is Lying, Scythe, and Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.
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Rebecca Hanover received a BA from Stanford University in English and drama and was awarded an Emmy for Best Writing in 2008 as a staff writer on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America and lives in San Francisco. Visit rebeccahanover.com.
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Title:The SimilarsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.35 × 5.64 × 1.08 inShipping dimensions:8.35 × 5.64 × 1.08 inPublished:September 3, 2019Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1492691801

ISBN - 13:9781492691808

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting beginning to a new series I was really excited to read this book because the premise sounded really unique and interesting. I haven't read many books about clones, and this one didn't disappoint. Thank you to NetGally and Sourcebooks for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Similars takes place in a world in which cloning has been perfected and people have begun to clone human beings. Although this is becoming a normal practice, cloning is still very controversial, some people questioning if clones should be consider "human". We follow Emma, who goes back to Darkwood Academy for her junior year to find that there are six new student at her school. These new students are Similars, clones of students that already attend the school. Unfortunately for Emma, one of the clones is of her best friend, who happened to have committed suicide that summer. Emma now has deal with seeing the face of her dead friend, while beginning to unravel the mystery surrounding the Similars. As I said before, the plot sounded very intriguing when I first read the synopsis, and it didn't disappoint. The plot was full of mystery, intrigue, and a lot of twists and turns. I really enjoyed the mystery that Emma was working to solve, and the end reveal left me shook. I also really enjoyed the futuristic setting, and all the new technology that was incorporated throughout the story. I found the pace at the beginning of the novel, when we were learning about the characters, and world, to be great. It had action, while still making sure the reader knew what was happening. At the end, I found that the plot started to feel rushed. There was a lot that happened, and a lot of it wasn't of explaination, like at the beginning. I enjoyed learning about the characters, especially the Similars and what made them similar and different from their genetic counterparts. I still wished we got a bit more the the Simlars' personilities though. I felt we got a lot about them at the very beginning, but they weren't developed much further in most cases. Emma was an interesting main character, and it was cool to see how she navigated her way through the year considering all the stuff that was thrown at her. She really grew as a character. I didn't totally buy the romance in the story and I felt that it was underdeveloped, but maybe that will change in the next books. Overall, if you you are looking for a quick, fast paced, sci fi read, than The Similars may be the book for you.
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great premise -disappointing execution Many thanks to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Fire, and Rebecca Hanover for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. Imagine the chance of going to school with the first set of human clones. The Similars, a group of six teenagers, will be attending Darkwood Academy and Emma is less than excited. Created by a rogue lab technician, they have been kept secret, raised apart from society, with only each other for company by a mysterious guardian. Until now. Now they will be going to school with their human counterparts. What will they be like? Will they be exactly like their doubles? Will they like the same things, behave the same way, be good at the same things? I mean, they have the exact same DNA. Emma might be more excited if one of them weren’t the exact copy of her best friend, Oliver. Oliver is the only one who won’t be meeting his clone because he committed suicide last summer. Emma still hasn’t come to terms with his death and now she has to run into his face everywhere - in class, in the halls, in the cafeteria. But it isn’t Oliver, it is Levi, his clone. Levi would rather not have to walk around with some dead kid’s face but he wasn’t given a choice in the matter. He gets that Emma can’t stand him, but she doesn’t even know him. But Emma doesn’t trust the clones, something is off with them. They can’t be trusted. But no one believes her. Now Prudence, her human friend has been attacked. Was it the clones? Was it someone who wants the clones dead and got the wrong twin? Emma is determined to find out and that might just give her some answers to why Oliver died. I really like the premise of this story. The execution lacked for me. There were too many things going on and I didn’t find any of the story lines very exciting. It had potential but without development it fell flat. I didn’t really bond with any of the characters, so I didn’t really care what happened to any of them. There was the usual teenage angst, very predictable stuff with the cool kids being mean to Emma and her friends, of course the Emma/Levi romantic storyline, really nothing new, not even an interesting take on the old stuff. It was so predictable that the author didn’t even bother to develop the romantic storyline. They didn’t like each other and then they were in love - for no reason at all. Having six clones meant that there were too many to develop any of their characters, but even as a group we didn’t really get to know them. You could have had their point of view told through a character like Pippa. There were some enjoyable parts and the ending had some worthwhile bits, but overall I was disappointed.
Date published: 2019-01-04