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More of Me Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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British Isles. She lives with her family near Chichester, England.
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More of Me did not disappoint. It starts with the new, sixteen-year-old Teva literally tearing herself out of body of the struggling, viciously angry year-younger version of herself. Now she is dealing with an enemy in her own family, whose life she's taken over. Fifteen—the younger Teva—does not go quietly.
From the first page, I was pulled into the headlong pace of the story and ended up staying up to finish it, late that night. Knowing the premise, I had been skeptical anyone could pull this off, but the characters are vivid and real, the school scenes believable (although a bit British in tone—the US editor could have done a better job) and the conflict and plot pull you in and have you rooting for the heroine, who decides she's not going to stand for this kind of life and sets off to research and discover and fight her condition, which has condemned her "siblings"—actually just younger versions of herself—to a housebound imprisoned life. How did this terrible fate fall on them? And why are some of them missing?
-The concept for this is so cool and unique!
-While for a while I couldn't connect really to Teva, she does undergo a character transformation which 'saved' her for me
-I appreciate that her situation is extremely complex, but I felt that Teva was a little self-centered. However, so was I as a teenager.
-I felt like Teva's situation could have been improved with an honest conversation with her mom
-The side characters were a little simplistic, they had a little backstory, but not as many quirks as I would have liked
-The ending was wrapped up so neatly and conveniently. I feel like it had so much potential and it could have gone so many different ways: horror-like, family drama style, or even more growth.
-When Teva is concerned about her life, she talks a little about mental illness, but in a way that was a little insensitive. Also Trigger Warning for Self Harm.
OVERALL: I felt it had a mystery element to it and it was an intriguing plot, but it lost me a little. I was confused about the characters, and disappointed at the end. It was an enjoyable read, just nothing that really wowed me, like it could have done in a few areas. But I'll write a full review and post it later.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.
In this book we follow Teva, a sixteen year old trying to navigate high school, and her former selves. Every year since she was six. she has been cloning herself, and they all live at her house. Her mom doesn't want any of them, except Teva, to leave the house out of fear that they will be discovered, but Teva has other plans. She wants to find a cure, and there is no way that she is going to be locked in a house with everyone else for the rest of her life, if she even lets herself clone.
So, the first 70% of this book was really painful, and it was mainly because of Teva's POV. She was so whinny! I mean, I understand that she didn't like her situation, but she could be really mean sometimes. Especially to Fifteen, the girl she took over from. I hated her attitude, and I hated her actions even more. There was a time where I just put the book down, and didn't pick it back up for a couple days because I was so feed up with Teva. She made me question why I was reading YA with all of these whinny characters (it was just the books I was reading, few YA books have characters like this!).
Another problem with the first 70% of the book was that the plot wasn't moving. It got started, but then it stalled, and it relied solely of the characters and romance. Spoiler alert: it didn't work out well. The characters weren't developed enough, and the relationship wasn't good enough to hold the story.
That being said, the last 20% or so of the book wasn't bad. Teva got her act together, and started treating people with respect, and actually thought about her actions. I actually liked her, if only she could have been like that for the whole story. But again, I found that it relied heavily on the characters and their relationships, though it actually worked this time.
I do wish that the book focused more on the mystery. Because the mystery was introduced pretty early, but we never really saw it again until the very end. It felt rushed, and it honestly felt like the author forgot about it and then just tried to make the best out of it. Which is not cool. I like my mystery. Please don't forget about it. It's my friend. :)
So over all, this was an okay book. While I disliked most of the book, I guess that the rest of this book was okay. It had a bad beginning, good ending, and totally awful epilogue. Would I recommend this one? Maybe if you really like science fiction, but it might just not me worth your time in the end.
Most recent customer reviews
Teva, version 16, is well aware of her fate. She knows she has one year to be the Teva who interacts with the outside world.Read more
In this case, I don't think the writing is the problem.Read more
Clones can be an overdone concept in sci-fi but MORE OF ME offers a fresh perspective with its teenage protagonist.Read more