Ooooo....Ahhhh....Me Wants It!

~ Title: The Clone Codes
~ Authors: Patricia, Fredrick, & John McKissack
~ Publisher: Scholastic Press
~ Release Date: February 1, 2010
~ Source: I won this book from GoodReads First Reads giveaway program
~ Recommend for: middle-grade, younger readers, history lovers

 Summary from GoodReads:

The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than one hundred years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. In the year 2170, despite technological and political advances, cyborgs and clones are treated no better than slaves, and an underground abolitionist movement is fighting for freedom. Thirteen-year-old Leanna's entire life is thrown into chaos when The World Federation of Nations discovers her mom is part of the radical Liberty Bell Movement.
After her mother's arrest for treason, Leanna must escape as she is chased by a ruthless bounty hunter. Soon Leanna finds herself living among the Firsts, and nothing will ever be the same again. But what does The World Federation want with the daughter of a traitor? So much is uncertain. Danger hides everywhere. Fear takes over. With help from unlikely sources, Leanna learns the origin of The Liberty Bell Movement and how its members may have answers about her past-and her new reality.
As family secrets are revealed, Leanna must face startling truths about self-identity and freedom. Through time travel, advanced technologies, and artificial intelligence, this exhilarating adventure asks what it means to be human and explores the sacrifices an entire society will make to find out.
Acclaimed authors Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L. McKissack have collaborated with their son, John to deliver a novel that is as suspenseful as it is searing.

My Review: 2/5 Stars… it was ok and I really wanted to like the book but it just wasn’t for me.

The Good:

The cover art is eye-catching. I liked the metallic purple and blue colors…very pretty! Also, when the jacket cover is removed, the book is an embossed font with the title of the book and computer/technological design which I enjoyed.  That same design is on the sides of all the pages. All-in-all this book has interesting visual details that I found unique. 

This book had an interesting concept. It looks at the comparison between futuristic clone and cyborg mistreatment/inequality and African American slavery. I liked the message: everyone should be treated equal…no one person is better than another. 

The Bad:

Short, short, short! This book only has 173 pages. I could have finished it within 2 hours if I read without stopping. The reason it my two whole days to read this book was the fact that I didn’t feel the need to read it. There was nothing that “pulled” me in and made me reach for the book. The font is kind of large as well. In addition, the chapters are short, too. Most chapters consist of 2-3 pages, with a few having more.

The Ugly:

Sadly, the writing just wasn’t up to par. I have a hard time believing it took three people to write this book and it is so choppy. The story doesn’t flow well. And the winner of the ugliest thing about this book goes to…..the ending! It was just blah and horrible. Nothing was tied up and it wasn’t much of a cliff hanger. I was left saying, “Really, are you kidding me?!”

The Bottom Line:

This book had potential to be a really great story….it just didn’t quite make the cut. I think this book is geared toward middle-grade/younger readers and would be a great way to approach the topic of slavery and equal rights. Parents and children could read this book together and then have discussions about the story and the questions it raises.


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