- Series: Adaline
- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 10, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500897035
- ISBN-13: 978-1500897031
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,593,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adaline (Volume 1) Paperback – September 10, 2014
About the Author
Denise Kawaii is the author of Age/Sex/Location: Love is Just a Click Away (Brighton Publishing, LLC) and A Giraffe in the Room (Self-published novelette). She is content to reside in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young son. Between writing books, Denise does freelance writing for small Northwest businesses and manages a paintball store. She plays paintball, board games and video games whenever she has time to spare. Denise is happy to talk to readers both on and offline. You can reach her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeniseKawaii or visit her website www.KawaiiTimes.com for books, blogs and more.
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I'm awed at this. There's so much wrong with the world inside this book, but it’s not a bad kind of wrong. The sameness, the lack of freedom, and the constant hovering of evil robot nurses that will spray you with sleeping gas if you aren't a good boy, is unsettling, and for me, angering.
The structure is complex, and like the boys, you are learning about a place that doesn’t make sense.
62 is different in the sameness, with the help of 72 he learns to embrace it his differences, but it's not easy. Being told over and over again, since you're an infant that being different isn't being a good boy, has 62 struggling with foreign emotions, dreams, that he knows nothing about and doesn't have the knowledge to control it, or to properly understand it.
It’s straight up behaviour modification. We do it with dogs and cats every day. My cat jumps on the counter; I spray him with the water bottle; he gets down. After a few times, he doesn’t do it, I just need to show him the bottle.
All the boys are scared of the sleeping fog. As soon as the nurse’s sense that there is an anomaly, they get sprayed. It doesn’t take very long for the boys to learn their places, and to be good boys.
Be a good boy, don’t move when sleeping, don’t be different, don’t be a bad boy.
I felt confided about 62, at times I wanted to smack him and others times I wanted to hug him. It was frustrating watching him struggle with normal emotions we have and known out whole life.
This book did reminds me of The Giver. It has similar elements but Adaline is more extreme and twisted.
The only thing I can’t say that I didn’t connect with or didn’t like was the writing tone. It was flat and dull. 62 did liven it up when he started to dream, and feel anger, but before those parts it was boring. Don’t get me wrong the writing is on point and this book gripped my attention from the start, but that tone, it was an offset for me. So unlike other books that grab me, and keep me locked in its world for hours at a time. This one, had me for breif spurts cause me to put down, and come back. But again not an overly bad thing. It gave me time to process that intriguing world that 62 was animated into.
I was extremely interest in the class sessions, and the group test. I wanted to learn more about Adaline and how it came to be. Or if its a part of our world.
I highly recommend this book, its unique world and structure, will have you hooked and wanting to learn all you can about this all-men, clone bunker and how it came to be.
(This review may contain spoilers).
This might be the only cloning story I've read (or seen) that has only one gender involved. I felt that was one of the more interesting things about the world within this book.
I liked the fact that I followed 62's progress and got to know the world around him as he grew and learned. It was really cool to see how his dreams worked, but I did feel there was less imagination involved than there could have been. In some ways, it seemed that a lot of 62's development was triggered by 71 continually through the course of the book, apart from right at the end.
It was really interesting to see 62's interactions with the other Boys around him. I would have liked to see more of the Men and how different in personality they were. I really only got to see three of them properly.
The Machines controlling/looking after the Boys and Men were interesting, but I would have liked to know a bit more about Adaline and its history. The details I did learn seemed to be more of a mythos, rather than a true history.
I felt the society and culture of the clones were shown really well and it was good to see that 62 was eventually able to learn and develop, even if it did seem to happen a huge amount at the end. I was, however, quite confused by the doctor. In his first appearance, he seemed to know more than his later appearances suggested.
I would have liked to see more of 99. I liked his and 62's friendship outside of them being technically brothers.
The book was mostly well-written, though I did spot a few errors while reading. There were some humorous moments that did make me smile.
It would be good to read a sequel to this book in the future, because although it did have a proper ending, I felt there was a lot more of the story that could have been told.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of reading from Big Al’s long list of potential indie reads is that occasionally I stumble across a story that is quite different from anything I’ve experienced before. Adaline falls firmly into that category.
#62, it turns out, is physically similar, but internally different from most of his “brothers” in that he dreams and has an unfettered imagination. This puts him at odds with those who control The Community, amplifies his stress levels because he has to come to terms with being not-the-same (which makes him a “bad boy”), but also gives him scope to mentally escape the tightly restricted world of Adaline.
Because it’s such a linear story, there’s not much by way of detail that I can reveal without providing spoilers.
I thought it a fascinating concept, and I enjoyed the novel. I did find it a little slow and repetitive in parts, but I also appreciate that the author was walking a fine line because the world of Adaline is repetitive—that is the very nature of machines.
Disclaimer: This review was originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. I may have received a free review copy.
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