Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Beta (Beta #1) by Rachel Cohn

Beta (Beta, #1)
Author: Rachel Cohn
Publication: October 16, 2012
By: Disney-Hyperion

Cool cover.

In a world constructed to absolute perfection, imperfection is difficult to understand—and impossible to hide.

Elysia is a clone, created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen year old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of teenaged clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to be created.

Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air there induces a strange, euphoric high that only the island's workers—soulless clones like Elysia—are immune to.

At first, Elysia's new life on this island paradise is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, the most privileged people in the world who should want for nothing, yearn. And, she comes to realize that beneath its flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent amongst Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care—so why are overpowering sensations clouding Elysia's mind?

If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When Elysia's one chance at happiness is ripped away from her with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.

Thank you to Netgalley & Disney-Hyperion for this ARC.  Beta is the first Rachel Cohn book I've read and I really enjoyed the way she writes.  The story is well written with an interesting concept but I felt like most of the book dragged and didn't get really engaging until the last 1/4 and then it ends.  Granted, it's a game changer at the end, which I'm sure was crafted in order to create anticipation for the next book but, still. 

I had trouble connecting with Elysia's character and I'm not sure why. I was indifferent to her until near the end when everything seems to come at her all at once and by that point, I was left feeling frustrated and sad. I also had trouble keeping certain character's names straight because they were so similar and that was distracting.  

I just don't know that this series will be for me but I know there are a lot of readers who will love it!


1 comment:

  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this one! I'm sorry you didn't love it. I've only read one of her books that she co-wrote with David Levithan.