Name: The Similars (The Similars #1) by Rebecca Hanover
Date Published: Expected January 1, 2019
Genre: YA and Science Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 3.81/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion.
When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.
The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver’s exact DNA replica and one of the Similars.
Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their clique, uncovering dark truths about the clones and her prestigious school along the way. But no one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for who has Oliver’s face.
Reading Level: ★★★★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
Rebecca Hanover gripped me from the very beginning. She writes like each and every character is standing right in front of you. I look forward to reading more from her.
There was so much potential for this book in regards to the plot and Hanover did NOT disappoint. While it was a YA book, the story line felt refreshing and new. With the 6 clones at the school it added a new dynamic to a potential repeat of several other books. I enjoyed Emma’s back-story and I really felt her pain at the loss of her best friend.
At the start of the book, Emma is grieving her best friend’s suicide. She doesn’t want to be at school and she doesn’t want to interact with anyone. In comes Levi, Oliver’s clone. Levi has the same face as Oliver and Emma is forced to see him everyday in class. She starts out hating him but all too soon she starts to fall for him. They form a different relationship than she had with Oliver and soon she starts to see how different the two really are. At first I didn’t really believe she could fall for him so easily but as the book went on their relationship continued to build.
This was an easy read. Hanover made it easy to follow the plot and I couldn’t put the book down. I read it in less than a day and wanted more. There were several plot twists that could have confused a reader but everything was explained very well.
I don’t want to spoil the ending so I will say this, I am SO GLAD there will be a sequel. I cannot wait to read more and see where our characters go. There is so much potential for the future of this series and I look forward to reading every word.