Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Clone Codes

The Clone Codes
by The McKissacks
juvenile science-fiction
172 pages
New York : Scholastic Press, 2010

A future Earth where there are three classes of people. The Firsts are humans, plain and simple. Seconds are clones of Firsts and not considered human whatsoever. Clones are created as adults and only live for 12 years. Cyborgs were once human but due to accidents necessitating replacement parts (non-human) they are considered only 3/5 human. Cyborgs are not allowed the same rights and privileges as full-humans, but they are treated slightly better than Clones. 13-year-old Leanna has just discovered that her mother and her partner, Doc Doc, were arrested as part of an underground movement fighting for equal rights for all Clones and Cyborgs. Leanna is immediately thrown into a whirlwind of terror, fleeing from all she has known into the protective care of other members of The Liberty Bell organization. Her life has been full of secrets and she had no idea how drastically things were going to change!
The McKissacks did a great job collaborating on this futuristic novel. It apparently is the first in a trilogy. I think I would have preferred a longer more in-depth novel as opposed to three shorter books. It felt like this was definitely an intro to a bigger story. Still a good read with interesting connections to past US history, especially slavery and abolitionists.

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