Thursday, 12 January 2017
Love, Lies & Clones by Joynell Schultz
Author: Joynell Schultz
Genre: Sci-fi (soft), suspense
Challenges: Winter COYER 2016-2017
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): June’s deadly secret is she’s a clone, and if she tells anyone her father’s involvement, he’ll face the death penalty. After his suspicious disappearance, the police have failed to find him. During her frantic search, she’s surprised by an AWOL military man who insists her father's the key to finding his brother. Bullet's fly as they uncover more about the horrific experiments. Can June trust someone with her secret... and her heart?
Love, Lies & Clones had me from the first chapter. It's one of those books that has you intrigued and desperate to know more about what's going on. As the book progresses, more and more of the truth comes to light, but what I particularly liked was that there were more mysteries added as the story progressed, and sometimes even the answers to one of the earlier questions raised more questions in itself.
The genre is actually quite hard to define. It's set in the near future, and there were significant scientific advancements in the field of cloning. The world was half recognisable and half futuristic, and I thought the blend worked really well. More than that though, I liked that the cloning itself, a major plot point, was more than just something scientific, the morals came into it as well.
June was a strong lead character, determined to discover the truth, and find her father, but she also had a vulnerability that was needed in the role. I liked that she didn't quite have it all together because that made her more real...I know in her situation I would be just as useless!
The male lead, Elliot, also had some complexities that made him more realistic, including some strange almost stalkerish tendencies. At first, I wasn't too sure what to make of him, but as his own motivations became clear, he became more rounded, and much more likable.
The interactions between Elliot and June were believable, with both of them interacting with a level of wariness. I absolutely loved the fact that June didn't just trust Elliot from the off, and made him work for it, it added something else to their story line.
If you like suspense, with some science and a light love story, then I'd definitely recommend this one!