Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"Copied" by S.M. Anderson - Review

Author: S. M. Anderson 
Publisher: Curiosity Quills 
Release Date: December 11 
Genre: YA Science Fiction 
Target Audience: 14 and up 
Distributor: Ingram

Book Blurb:
Adopted off the black market, Alexander Mitchell, has no idea his DNA is copyrighted and property of military weapons giant Texacom Defense.
Nor that his DNA is being used to develop an army of clones. When the company discovers he was not properly disposed of 17 years ago, they send an assassin copy, BETA23, to terminate Xan and cover it up
After he narrowly escapes BETA23’s first attempt, Xan teams up with Lacey, a genetically engineered genius he’s surprised to find common ground with— only they’re awkward together. Half of the time she stares at Xan like the science project

he is and the other half...let’s just say Xan can’t keep his eyes off her lips.
When they manage to capture a company copy by luck and sheer stupidity on

Xan’s part, Lacey is determined to see the good in their prisoner to the point she believes BETA23 can be persuaded to give them the intelligence they need to keep the company forever off Xan’s back. Xan’s not sure if he can trust the darker version of himself, not when it means gambling with the lives of his family and the possibility of losing Lacey.

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Author Biography
S. M. Anderson (Sarah Anderson) was born in
Lima, Peru. She has lived in seven different countries, on
five continents, and speaks a smattering of languages. As
a child and even young adult, writing and reading were
difficult for her, so difficult that she received extra help

outside the classroom and was diagnosed with a learning 

disability. However, she always loved stories, especially
ethnic folktales from the countries she lived in. It was the
desire to create stories of her own that fueled her
determination to overcome the challenges that came with
writing. She has a BA in Art Education from BYU, with a
minor in Russian, and a love of power tools. She has a
growing family of three kids and currently lives in Springville, Utah.

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Target Audience/Markets
Copied will find a home in the hearts of readers who enjoyed Divergent and the TV show Heroes. The novel contains enough action to engross male readers with a romantic subplot that will captivate the fairer sex. Although Copied’’s main target audience is teenagers the core of the story deals with ethical dilemmas that will trigger a crossover appeal to more mature readers.

“Unique and captivating story about a boy who discovers he isn’t who he thought he was. In fact, there isn’t only one of him. And when faced with a very different version of himself, he is forced to look within and decide who he wants to be. Sometimes it takes looking at oneself, literally in this case, to become who you want to be. I can’t think of many things that would totally freak me out, but running into a copy of myselfa copy that is so unlike mewould top the list. The theme that no one is as they seem permeates this novel.
Copied is full of compelling characters that are easy to care about and root for. They are not cookie-cutter, bumbling teens, but smart, strong, and proactive. I had to finish in a hurry to discover how it would turn out for them.
You won’t be able to put it down as the mysteries of these teens’ lives unfold. It may even have you questioning who you are and where you came from.
A chilling tale of nature vs. nurture, the power of trusting, and the belief in the transformative power of kindness to change who we are. The underlying theme that we can choose to be whoever we want to be, despite what we’ve been taught, screams from the pages of Copied.
I highly recommend this clean, intriguing novel--don't miss it.” 

-Cindy M. Hogan, author of the Watched trilogy.

"Copied by S. M. Anderson was a fresh, exciting novel that seamlessly wove
together elements of science fiction with our everyday world. Not only was it a great
read, but it got me thinking--what makes a person truly unique, and what would
happen if that uniqueness was challenged? I definitely recommend it."

- Tristi Pinkston, freelance editor and author 
I received this book for free for an honest review.
This is a fast paced, action filled book!  Once you start reading it, you wont want to put it down!  Xan happens to be a normal teenager until he is one day framed with starting a fire that hurts someone very close to him.  He then has so many life altering reveals that it's insane!
Xan's life he finds, may not be his own and he has to find out what has been a lie told to him his whole life.
This is very engaging as a read.  I highly recommend it for any audience teen and up.  I lost a bit of sleep on this one, be sure you can read in one sitting.  You really wont want to put it down!!

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