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Book Review: More of Me by Kathryn Evans

31915217Book Blurb:

Teva goes to school, studies for her exams, and spends time with her friends. To the rest of the world, she’s a normal teenager. But when she goes home, she’s anything but normal. Due to a genetic abnormality, Teva unwillingly clones herself every year. And lately, home has become a battleground. When boys are at stake, friends are lost, and lives are snatched away, Teva has a fight on her hands—a fight with herself. As her birthday rolls around, Teva is all too aware that time is running out. She knows that the next clone will soon seize everything she holds dear. Desperate to hang on to her life, Teva decides to find out more about her past . . . and uncovers lies that could either destroy her or set her free.

Review:

More of Me is a really, really unique story that is contemporary meets sci-fi. While it is geared toward YA, I see this as having good crossover for fans of sci-fi in general. The premise had me from the start as it seemed like it would use cloning as a metaphor for what all people go through… regardless of the fact that in reality we don’t leave a physical version of ourselves behind, we still leave parts of ourselves behind year after year.

So it’s sort of an extreme coming of age story.

Teva is determined but also frustrated, whiny but bold… in short, she’s a teen. She is very relatable, and the story is very fast paced and easy to keep up with. The horror of her situation builds the tension as her birthday looms closer when her body will split in two again. To build upon that, each version of herself is hidden away to keep the secrets of her past from being exposed.

It sounds complicated, in a way, but the writing is so well done that it is easy to suspend reality and understand the parameters of the cloning and reality. I found it to be a very enjoyable story.

Note: Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for a review. More of Me is available for pre-order and is scheduled for release on June 13, 2017. A prior independent release of this book was published in 2016.

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