My thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange for lending me this ARC for review purposes!
The Darkwood Academy (how sinister is that?) accepts six clones to enroll in their prestigious academy. The clones were made out of the public eye by a scientist who used the cord blood that had been banked at birth- without the parent’s knowledge. Weirdly, out of the whole world a million schools some of the regular human teens go to school with their clones. Huh.
This book reminded me of that movie where all the clones were on an island until their body parts were needed? I checked- it was called The Island. No, the plot is not the same, but clones are existentially wondering how they fit in with humans, and their romances are key plot points in both.
Anyhow, Emmaline Chase lost her best friend to suicide and now has to go to class with his clone and although she has some conflicted feelings about all that they do have a relationship. The mystery is much more the main plot, and the romance is an aside.
It was twisty enough to hold my attention, and I hope there is a two-book deal as this story ends without wrapping things up.
Overall, a thumbs up from me on all fronts except the end. I need closure!
The Similars by Rebecca Hanover