Saturday, November 9, 2013

ARC Review: Twinmaker by Sean Williams

Author: Sean Williams
Publication: Balzer + Bray (November 5, 2013)

Description: M. T. Anderson meets Cory Doctorow in this teen debut from #1 New York Times bestseller Sean Williams, who also coauthors the Troubletwisters series with Garth Nix.

When a coded note promises improvement—the chance to change your body any way you want, making it stronger, taller, more beautiful—Clair thinks it's too good to be true, but her best friend, Libby, falls into a deadly trap.

With the help of the school freak and a mysterious stranger, Clair races against the clock and around the world to save Libby, even as every step draws her deeper into a deadly world of cover-ups and conspiracies.

Action and danger fuel this near-future tale of technology, identity, and the lengths one girl will go to save her best friend.

My Thoughts: TWINMAKER was an amazing science fiction story. Clair is a pretty ordinary 17-year-old. She lives in Maine, goes to school in California, has a best friend who lives somewhere in Sweden, and has a crush on a boy who lives in Shanghai. All of this is possible because in Clair's world transportation is handled by the d-mat which moves people all over the world in minutes. The water wars are over; energy is generated in space and is virtually limitless; everyone is rich because everything they could want comes from the fabbers in everyone's home.

But when Clair's best friend Libby hears about a meme called Improvement, she becomes determined to change herself and succeeds in a way that frightens Clair. Clair is determined to get her friend back and soon finds herself in the world of Stainers who abstain from using the d-mats because they feel that it turns people into zombies. She also finds herself running from dupes, duplicates of people who are dead, who want to keep her from telling people about the dangers of Improvement.

One of those who help Clair is Q who seems to live only in the virtual world of information called Air that everyone is connected to. Q seems child-like at first but grows in ability as she spends more time with Clair. They become friends. Clair also becomes friends with a Stainer boy named Jesse who has gone to school with her since they were young but who had always been an outsider.

The story is filled with action as Clair is on the run trying to get away from numerous enemies. She doesn't know who she can trust. There are lots of hidden plots under the surface of Clair's previously perfect life. She has to do some major plotting and planning herself if she wants to save those she loves.

I enjoyed this story and recommend it to fans of science fiction.

Favorite Quote:
Clair wondered what she should be feeling. This was her chance to reconnect with her world&mdash:her media, her family, her friends. Her life. But it felt oddly distant, as though it all belonged to a different version of her—Clair 1.0, who had never shot someone, never walked cross-country in the middle of the night, never peered behind the curtain of her perfectly sheltered life.

Clair 2.0 had done all those things and more. What if the two versions weren't compatible?
I got this ARC at ALA. You can buy your copy here.

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