Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Memes: Beta by Rachel Cohn

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

The book I am spotlighting this week is Beta by Rachel Cohn. I received the eARC of this first book in a four book series from Hyperion Books via NetGalley. I haven't read anything by this author but was intrigued by the premise of this story. Here is the description:
Elysia is 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 a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist. 

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 induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island’s workers—soulless clones like Elysia—are immune to.

At first, Elysia’s life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne’s human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island’s flawless exterior, there is an under­current of discontent among 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 her one chance at happi­ness is ripped away 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. 

The first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series from best-selling author Rachel Cohn, Beta is a haunting, unforgettable story of courage and love in a cor­rupted world.
It's me she wants to purchase.

The fancy lady claims she came into the resort boutique looking to buy a sweater, but she can't take her eyes off me.
Friday 56:
I can't imagine why any girl would want to wear such a thing. It's barely a collection of strings.


  1. Both the Beginning and the F56 sounds really interesting. It's slightly dystopian which I don't really like, but it sounds pretty good and the ideas seem relatively new. Thanks for sharing and hop on over if you have the time:
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. This does sound very tempting! Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

  3. I love that cover!! That alone pulled me in.

  4. Ooooh, she wants to buy her. What will she do to or with her???


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