Book Review: Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1) by Heather Hildenbrand

Everyone is exactly like me.
There is no one like me.
The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing?
My entire life is an imitation.
I am an Imitation.
I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.
And now I have a letter.
My assignment has begun.
I am a prisoner.
I am not Raven Rogen.
I am here to die.
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli
I love the premise of Imitation: the idea of clones existing solely as replacements for their wealthy "authentic" counterparts.  It was a terrifyingly plausible concept, and Hildenbrand did a great job setting up the world, characters, and back story in Imitation. 

Ven is an Imitation, her authentic being an heiress named Raven.  Ven is technically five years old---she was created five years ago---but has the body of an 18 year-old.  This issue didn't really bother me until Ven fell in love, then it seemed a little 13 Going on 30 to me...with Ven being really only 5 and her love being 18(ish).  And speaking of the love story, it progressed really quickly, a little too quickly for my taste.  There was very little build-up and before I knew it, Ven was in love. 

This slow, slow, fast was a theme in Imitation: Hildenbrand takes a long time to build the world, slowly setting the stage, and then, BAM, everything happens all at once.  Once the action started, it was non-stop, and I couldn't put this book down.  But, it took a while to get to that point, and the beginning was slow enough that I almost stopped reading. 

However, now that the world-building is complete, I think that the Clone Chronicles will be a great series.  I like the setting, the premise, the characters, and the action.  I am definitely invested in the story and looking forward to where Hildenbrand takes the series.

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