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{The Similars: Rebecca Hanover}The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
Series: The Similars
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on January 1, 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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{Synopsis} – Junior year gets cutthroat when clones roam the halls…
Similar teens: This fall, six new students are joining the junior class at the elite Darkwood Academy. But they aren’t your regular over-achieving teens. They’re clones. And the “similar” teens are joining the class alongside their originals.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about: Who are these clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? And who is the madman who broke the law against cloning to create them? Emmaline Chance couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and it’s all she can do to get through each day without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi?Oliver’s exact DNA copy and one of the Similars.

Dark truths and suspense: Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper into their clique. She can’t escape the dark truths about the clones or her prestigious school. No one can be trusted, not even the boy she is falling for with Oliver’s face.

Rebecca Hanover: This talented author won an Emmy for Best Writing in 2008 as a staff writer on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light. She (or maybe her clone, the Similar Rebecca Hanover?) is a member of the Writers Guild of America and lives in San Francisco.

This exhilarating and riveting debut by Rebecca Hanover is the next obsession for readers who devoured One of Us Is Lying, Scythe, and Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.

{My thoughts} – I’m not even sure where to begin. This book was absolutely, incredibly well written and it is going to leave you unsatisfied and with a bunch of questions. When I’d first started reading this book, I’d assumed it was a single story. I didn’t know until I was halfway through and looked it up on goodreads that there was going to be another book coming out and it was to be a part of a series. I have to admit that after I’d reached the ending of this book, it was much easier to accept how the author had left things, knowing that another would be coming out to help carry on the storyline.

I started this book yesterday afternoon and I’d finished it earlier today. However, I am first now getting around to writing the review. I try not to read any other books until I complete a review once I’ve finished a book. Mainly so I don’t accidentally mess up storylines. I don’t think I could, even if I wanted to mess up this storyline. This is one of those books that are sure to stick with you like Divergent, The Hunger Games, Infinity Lost, and so many others that fall into this wonderful category of young adult books.

I have always enjoyed books similar to this one and I always enjoy a good book that involves a lot of High School Drama. It kind of has a feel of Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard Meets Pawn by Aimee Carter in a sense. I was legit hooked on this book from start to finish and couldn’t stop reading.

Emma is an interesting character. She has her faults and she has her issues. You learn pieces of her back history throughout the book. She has this really great best friend named Oliver, only you don’t actually get to meet him, because he’d killed himself three months before the book started. Then she has her only other best friend Prudence that ends up getting hurt while at school and that leaves Emma feeling all alone without a lifeboat at school.

She attends a boarding school in Vermont and this year her school is taking part in something new. They are inviting Clones to come to school with the other students. The Clones become known as The Similars and there are six of them. Six look alikes of other students currently attending the same school as Emma. So much takes place throughout their arrival, so much happens. There were so many different twists, so many different turns.

If you haven’t had a chance to read this book and you enjoy books in this category, I highly recommend you pick this book up and read it. You won’t regret it and will be hooked from the beginning. It’s an incredible book and I can’t wait until the second one comes out so that I can devour it as well.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.