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Clan [Kindle Edition]

Realm Lovejoy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Clans are Unity.

No variation. No deviation.

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet.

Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.

A secret that could destroy him.


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Selected for Best Books: Kirkus Stars & Recommendations
"Highly enjoyable, thought-provoking sci-fi by an author with considerable talent and promise."--Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Realm Lovejoy; 1 edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GMM93FI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique and full of twists! November 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Clan is a very different sort of book. I went in feeling pretty clueless about it since there were no reviews up yet and all I really knew was that it was sci-fi. And it is, and initially feels very sci-fi as you start the book. It feels maybe a bit frigid and sterile. There's not really much emotion. We see that Twain is stifled in a home with his sponsor and that he's never seen the outside. One day he finds a way to look out and someone sees him and then his sponsor points out why he couldn't go out before, he has blue eyes and everyone else has brown. He is a mutant, different. This is because every single 'person' who they call 'clan' is a clone of their 'father'. So everyone looks exactly the same. They live in this society where they aren't suppose to be individuals. No laughter, no fun. Just learn and do what you need to do to keep things together. Twain only barely is allowed to live and they put him out in society to be with the others and contribute. He gets some bullying, which is the first sign that some of the clans do have individual thoughts and opinions. As the book continues we see this is true for most of them, even if they fight it. Twain is introduced to a sort of underground and is told he may need to escape there one day to avoid execution because of being a mutant.
Twain starts out being a rule follower, it was what he was taught his whole life by his sponsor. But he also wasn't out in society and now that he's out and he realizes all his own thoughts and opinions may not be clan and aline with what they are suppose to think. He slowly grows into a much more free thinking character with opinions and cares.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Unique Sci-fi November 15, 2013
By RoriG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Spock's quote from Wrath of Khan "The good of the many outweighs the good of the few, or the one" comes to mind. I think about that quote differently now that I read this book.

The cover grabbed my attention at first, and since I am a shameless video game nerd I recognized the authors name from Portal! Video game stuff aside though, I can honestly say that I have never read a book with such a unique plot line. Just a few things off of the top of my head...conformity, sexuality, gender and planetary destruction - all in one book. A great debut novel by such a talented artist/author. Recommend 100%

* I regret not getting the hard copy now because i just found out that it has illustrations. Very much looking forward to paging through them when my copy arrives!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly twisted & unique Dystopia story February 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
"Clone.
By saying I'm a clone I immediately become the unimportant copy.
The faceless guy with the same haircut as my Brethen.
A borrower - not my own being.
I walk n someone else's shoes.
At least that's how I was supposed to be."

Civilization that only has Clans - clones that came from one person and now form a society that serves purpose of Unity - to work together and produce more Clans. The history of the planet consists of humans leaving the Frag virus to prevent it from going to Earth. Since Father Krume (main scientist) has volunteered to run the project, every single Clan was the exact copy of him.

But it is impossible to be a copy of someone and having your DNA alternated without being your own person, with emotions and wants. The main character in this story is Train, also known by his Clan number 1672. His sponsor kept him hidden because he was different and once he went into the public, he was called mutant. Being different went against everything that the society stood for and he was not welcomed. But that's when he meets Buster (1249) and Chad (1348) and they became his family, his world.

"Sometimes... You have to live the life you believe in, no matter the outcome. When you're dead, nothing matters except for the lives you affectd. It's... love."

Clan was so different from any Dystopia/Sci-Fi book I read, it was fantastic. I definitely did not expect the twists and non-stop action that was on every page of this book. It was disturbing, sad, ridiculous, and I felt incredible close with all three characters. I'm glad I gave this book a chance and definitely reccomend it to everyone who likes a little nontraditional twist to their books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it's cover... Simply Amazing December 17, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book is really something else. I'm really into sci-fi. I had high expectations for this book, and I must say, I was pretty impressed. One thing that struck me about the paperback was the illustrations. Oh. My. Gosh. For those who have the ebook, I'm sorry to say that you're missing out. It really added an extra something to the book. I enjoyed studying them to see how they related to the scene, and how Realm Lovejoy imagined this scene to be like.. It was nice. It was different. The entire book was in third person, and was told from the POV of three boys: 1249 (aka Buster), 1672 (aka Twain), and

Characters
So I liked Twain from the beginning. It was weird at first because he almost had no personality of his own. Almost. When it starts getting into what the society should be like, you notice just how different Twain always was. Even before the mutation is mentioned or revealed. (I must say that I totally guessed the mutation right. I don't know if it was predictable, or if I'm just awesome. But somehow I had a feeling.) It was really something else to him try to fit in, but also... aspire for something else, I guess. It's hard to describe.
Chad, for example, considered himself to be a perfect Clan. And in a way, he really was. He truly believed in Unity and such. The only ironic/hypocritical part about Unity was that, well. Differences were unacceptable. It makes sense, of course. But think about it. How Unified are they if differences tear them apart? Is it just me? But anyways. Chad irritated me for some time, but eventually he grew on me.
I was if-y about Buster for a while. I wasn't really sure how to feel about him. But as it went on, I found myself feeling very sympathetic. To me, he's the most humane one. The other Clans just scare me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading it
Another dystopian novel that has a nice plot and ending.
Published 1 month ago by PT
4.0 out of 5 stars Individuality will always come through
Number 1672 a Clan, or clone has been discovered and it's time to face the world. What seems so filled with exciting new adventure is also riddled with danger. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jacqueline S. Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Clan
This is a very enjoyable sci fi/ dystopian book. On a different world then earth the colony consists of clones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CrystalSees
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Pretty cool premise, and a good mystery about the "why" of it that gets sprinkled throughout without a big info-dump. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique read!
(Review also on my Goodreads.[...]
This book was fantastic! It pleasantly surprised me. It was a unique dystopian/sci-fi book. I'd never read a book quite like it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chloe
4.0 out of 5 stars Original!
I had no idea what I was getting into when I opened this book. This isn’t the kind of book I usually go for, though I was happy I did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brea @ Breezy Reads
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on SciFi clones
Clan is a science fiction novel about a civilization on another planet. Originally colonized by humans studying a virus/lifeform, they were all wiped out but one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael P. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and unique story.
This debut scifi/dystopian novel is impressive. The world building of “Clan”—based on a planet populated by clones created from the DNA of a single man—is unique, thorough and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by PencilStubs
4.0 out of 5 stars Humanity is inherent
Clades is a world engineered to be identical in all manner of forms. Cloned from a single human, raised to look, act, and feel as identical as the DNA that makes up their genetics. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LadyJai
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
This is Brave New World, only braver and newer. This is Bladerunner (the movie) meets The Dark Knight. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carl
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Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com

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