Adopted off the black market, Alexander Mitchell, has no idea his DNA is copyrighted and property of military weapons giant Texacom Defense. Nor that his DNA is being used to develop an army of clones. When the company discovers he was not properly disposed of 17 years ago, they send an assassin copy, BETA23, to terminate Xan and cover it up.
After he narrowly escapes BETA23’s first attempt, Xan teams up with Lacey, a genetically engineered genius he’s surprised to find common ground with— only they’re awkward together. Half of the time she stares at Xan like the science project he is and the other half…let’s just say Xan can’t keep his eyes off her lips.
When they manage to capture a company copy by luck and sheer stupidity on Xan’s part, Lacey is determined to see the good in their prisoner to the point she believes BETA23 can be persuade to give them the intelligence they need to keep the company forever off Xan’s back. Xan’s not sure if he can trust the darker version of himself, not when it means gambling with the lives of his family and the possibility of losing Lacey.
A ROCK CHICK FAIRY BOOK REVIEW
An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
One thrilling read, but I still have a lot of questions after reading!
Okay.. So imagine having a person who looks exactly like you. He/she looks so much like you down to the last mole, but isn't that person isn't your twin. What's worst is that he/she even has the same DNA as you do!
Isn't that quite creepy?
After reading this book, I'll say yes... IT'S TOTALLY CREEPY!
Unfortunately for our main character, Xan. That is his problem. There's a person posing as him and doing things he shouldn't be doing. He didn't know it at first, but once he did... the fear and anger comes in. His life as he knows it is kind of over.
Xan is actually a pretty normal kid with normal school problems and a normal family. Everything's normal until the accident happens. That accident led him to discovering that he was adopted. There's a mystery to his birth and he's trying to find out more. Suddenly, strange things started to happen and he faces his nightmare... a person who's exactly like him.
From thereon, he learns a lot of things about a certain facility who engineers DNA then makes copies. They have to figure out how Xan can still live normally with all those copies around them.
It's thrilling, but it's also disturbing, I tell ya!
The other characters here are also confusing.
BETA 23, the supposedly bad guy... is kind of good at times. He even made Lacey (Xan's love interest) like him. By the end of this book, I still have questions about him. Like where his loyalties truly lie etc.
Lacey is also a big question. She sort of got close to Xan, but still blushes for the copy. It was confusing! Xan's temper also got me thinking that he might be a bit more violent than he thinks.
So there... this book is intriguing because it deals with cloning. It's action packed and has a lot of mysteries to be uncovered, so it also leaves a lot of questions.
I was provided with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 fairy wings!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (as seen on Goodreads)
S. M. Anderson (Sarah Anderson) was born in Lima, Peru. She has lived in seven different countries, on five continents, and speaks a smattering of languages. As a child and even young adult, writing and reading were difficult for her, so difficult that she received extra help outside the classroom and was diagnosed with a learning disability. However, she always loved stories, especially ethnic folktales from the countries she lived in. It was the desire to create stories of her own that fueled her determination to overcome the challenges that came with writing. She has a BA in Art Education from BYU, with a minor in Russian, and a love of power tools. She has a growing family of three kids and currently lives in Springville, Utah.