The Visitors: The Third Book of the Clone Codes by Patricia C McKissackThe Visitors: The Third Book of the Clone Codes by Patricia C McKissack

The Visitors: The Third Book of the Clone Codes

byPatricia C McKissack, Fredrick L McKissack, John M McKissack

Hardcover | February 1, 2012

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The stunning conclusion to the Clone Codes trilogy!

There is a wicked system of operation inside the Topas Corporation, where clones are produced. Only authorized Topas officials are allowed inside. Only they, along with the clones themselves, know what happens within the walls of the world's largest and most powerful cloning company. This final book of The Clone Codes plunges readers into this strange reality. At the same time, The World Federation of Nations has issued an urgent decree to the masses-find Houston Ye, a cyborg, and Leanna Deberry, a clone, both fugitives! There is a $1 million bounty on each of their heads if captured alive. Once again, the McKissacks blend a futuristic world with events from world history to create a gripping sci-fi adventure.

Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack are the authors of numerous and acclaimed books, including Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts and Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African American Whalers, both Coretta Scott King Honor Books. They have also collaborated on Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?, a Coretta Scott King ...
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Title:The Visitors: The Third Book of the Clone CodesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.53 × 5.7 × 0.66 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0439929873

ISBN - 13:9780439929875

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent conclusion to the trilogy I loved the first book, The Clone Codes. I was a little disappointed in book two Cyborg, in this series. The length of the book was closer to a novella than a novel and yet priced as a novel. This third book, The Visitors, is longer and as it wraps up the Clone Codes Trilogy it does a great job of redeeming the series. It deals with questions of freedom, justice and the ultimate question of being - what does it mean to be a sentient being? Things are quickly moving towards a final conflict between the World Federation of Nations and the Liberty Bell Movement. Both Clones and Cyborgs are uprising. A new species of beings is brought into the conflict and the mysterious O visitors from outer space intervene because Humans are just not ready to go beyond our own star yet. The O are trying to guide and direct us on the right path. This story was full of new twists and turns. It was a riveting read and I could barely put it down, and I read it in under a day. It was a great read and I highly recommend the whole trilogy! Backgorund: "The Clone Codes: Clones are living organisms patented by Topas Corporation International. All rights are reserved. All clones are to be identified by numbers or alphanumeric designations. The use of names is restricted. Clones have no rights under a court of law and are recognized solely as property. Groups of clones in excess of three are not permitted without direct human supervision. Attempting to educate a clone beyond its work model specifications is forbidden and punishable in accordance with article 3C74. The manufacture of a clone in the likeness of a child is a capital offense. Imprinting the ability to mimic human emotions into a clone's behavioural patterns is forbidden. A clone that disobeys a direct order must immediately be taken to a processing center for decommissioning. Instructing a clone to lie is restricted. Since clones are not citizens, they may not participate in elections. Issued by the Clone Humane Society, the government agency for the protection and processing of clones. The Cyborg Act of 2130 For the security and general welfare of the Cyborg race, these protections have been established on this the 7th day of October, 2130. The Cyborg Codes All Cyborgs must be registered with the Bureau of Cyborg Affairs (BCA). Those that are Cyborgs must live within designated areas set aside on the Moon Colony. If a Cyborg desires to live or work elsewhere, it must acquire BCA permission. It is mandated that Cyborgs may not serve as officers in the World Federation of Nations' defense forces or serve in any national law enforcement agencies. Cyborg children must attend one of four Xyborg academies based on test scores and abilities. All Cyborgs over the age of 16 must be employed. Cyborgs need permission from the BCA to marry or have children. The BCA will provide Cyborgs with medical insurance and health-care needs. Cyborgs cannot inherit real property. Cyborgs can only participate in amateur or professional sports within the Cyborg Leagues." All in all this was a great trilogy and the McKissacks have left it open for more books or a spin-off series about mutants. If you haven't read them, give them a try. It is like a classic science fiction style retelling stories of slavery. Awesome reads.
Date published: 2012-02-07

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From The Clone Codes: The VisitorsI try to stay calm, but I'm gagging.How long have I been here?I'm so tired. Did I fall asleep again?My eyes hurt. The bright lights stab at me. It's worse than someone poking my eyes with a stick.I can't move my arms and legs in all this thickness.I can't move my hands either. They've been tied with ropes.I'm stuck in some kind of glass jar, with wires connected to my body. I start to cry, and soon sleep takes over.When I wake, I'm choking, gagging even harder.A tube pushes icy liquid into my throat.My body knows to swallow. My stomach fills quickly.There are no more wires, just the tubes in my mouth and nose.When I glance at my hands, I see they are bright orange. My whole body is orange.There are voices in my head now, talking loudly.This clone is number 9767.This clone wants to work.This clone is happy.This clone is number 9767.This clone wants to work.This clone is happy.This clone is number 9767.This clone wants to work.This clone is happy."Stop!" I scream.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Clone Codes

"Fast-paced adventure... provocative." - Kirkus Reviews

"Exciting for sci-fi lovers... a powerful story." - Kidzworld.com

"Attractive for reluctant readers." - School Library Journal

"Makes room for historical parallels that are vivid without being preachy... intriguing." - Publishers Weekly