Hello everyone, I am delighted to be a part of The Fantastic Flying Book Club book tour for Half Life by Lillian Clark.
Scroll down to see my review and a few of my absolute favorite quotes from the book. Be sure to check out the tour schedule for more info.
An overachiever enrolls in an experimental clone study to prove that two (of her own) heads are better than one in this fast-paced, near-future adventure that’s Black Mirror meets Becky Albertalli.
There aren’t enough hours in the day for Lucille–perfectionist, overachiever–to do everything she has to do, and there certainly aren’t enough hours to hang out with friends, fall in love, get in trouble–all the teenage things she knows she should want to be doing instead of preparing for a flawless future. So when she sees an ad for Life2: Do more. Be more, she’s intrigued.
The company is looking for beta testers to enroll in an experimental clone program, and in the aftermath of a series of disappointments, Lucille is feeling reckless enough to jump in. At first, it’s perfect: her clone, Lucy, is exactly what she needed to make her life manageable and have time for a social life. But it doesn’t take long for Lucy to become more Lucy and less Lucille, and Lucille is forced to stop looking at Lucy as a reflection and start seeing her as a window–a glimpse at someone else living her own life, but better. Lucy does what she really wants to, not what she thinks she should want to, and Lucille is left wondering how much she was even a part of the perfect life she’d constructed for herself. Lucille wanted Lucy to help her relationships with everyone else, but how can she do that without first rectifying her relationship with herself?
My Review :
The story follows sixteen year Lucille Harper, who is constantly labelled as an overachiever. She weigh almost everything logically, facts over emotions. Then one day everything begins to change as she enroll herself in an advanced experimental program. The company, Life2 is a multi billion dollar company making exceptional progress on scientific advancements with a prime focus on cloning. And Lucille happens to be an ideal candidate for this.
Lucille expected her life to get simpler. With Lucy, her clone, everything was supposed to be manageable. But as the story progresses, Lucy starts to develop her separate traits from that of Lucille, becoming more like an individual.
What happens when Life2 finds out? Monitoring Lucy’s every emotion, the company is extremely protective of their investment. And troubles are just getting started for both of them.
I am an avid science fiction reader, whenever I see a sci-fi book, I immediately make it my priority to read it. I was genuinely intrigued by the blurb of Half Life, it sounded fascinating and ultimate verdict – it did not disappoint. I think the concept was awesome and the author took time in fleshing out the characters as well as the plot to their potential. I could highly related to Lucille and when people described her as an overachiever I felt so furious because there is no harm in having an ambition. I also like the scientific terminologies and technological advancements that were included in the story which made it a wholesome Sci-Fi novel.
I was completely immersed in the story and by the time I reached the second half of the book, it was unputdownable.
Half Life was one of the most exciting read of 2020 and I enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommend it!
Favorite Quotes :
“Because maybe the foundation of your life shifted, but it did so gradually. Quietly.“
“Swimming with that current of expectations but feeling like someday soon, I’ll finally be able to touch the bottom, and maybe even stand.”
“The world is a remarkably predictable place.“
About the author :
Lillian Clark, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, grew up riding horses, climbing trees, and going on grand imaginary adventures in the small-town West. She’s worked as a lifeguard, a camp counselor, and a Zamboni driver, but found her eternal love working as a bookseller at an independent bookstore. Now living in Teton Valley, Idaho with her husband, son, and two giant dogs, she spends her time reading almost anything and writing books for teens.
Win a copy of HALF LIFE and THE IMMORAL CODE by Lillian Clark.(US only)
Starts: 9th June 2020
Ends: 23rd June 2020
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