Sunday, January 31, 2016

Falls the Shadow by Stefanie Gaither - ADVISABLE

Gaither, Stefanie Falls the Shadow, 341 pgs. Simon & Schuster, 2014. $18.99. Language: PG (10 swears, 2 deity) Mature Content: PG  Violence: PG-13 (fighting for survival, use of weapons, blood but no gore)  

While cloning has become a reality and many people choose to have a clone created, just in case, there are still many that don't agree with the practice.  When Caitlyn's sister, Violet, dies, her parents decide to activate her clone and pretend like they haven't actually lost a daughter but there is so much controversy surrounding their decision.  It doesn't help that her father is the mayor and trying to make it seem normal.  Fast forward four years and Caitlyn is just trying to get by without anyone noticing her.  She tries to defend Violet while simultaneously trying to avoid getting into it with others about her, but Violet doesn't help the situation by continually getting into trouble.  Then Samantha, Violet's friend, is found dead and Violet is the prime suspect and, of course, nowhere to be found.  As the media and others begin to close in on her family, Caitlyn isn't sure what to do, and while she doesn't believe Violet killed Samantha, she does believe that Violet knows something and sets out to find her. 

I enjoyed this book -- it was a little bit dystopian, little bit sci-fi with mystery and action and a bit of romance.  I liked the characters and there were parts that kept me on the edge of my seat as I wasn't always sure  who was good and who was bad and I like a story that I can't always predict what's going to happen.   


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