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Sue's Fingerprint Paperback – March 31, 2011
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Andrew D. Carlson is a scientist and a writer. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from St. Olaf College. Andrew has worked in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry for over twenty-five years. Sue’s Fingerprint is his debut novel and the first in the Sue trilogy.
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Thank you friend! This was a very smooth read with enough science fiction for the book to be called one (without too much to lose me or bore me) and a wonderful blend of characterization and plot to keep me turning the pages for hours. The chapters are short and leave you wanting to know what happens next. I couldn't put the book down. I haven't read a book non-stop in many years. It's that good! I hope there is a sequel.
I will start this review off with the part that bugged me the very most but don't worry, it only gets better from there! This book is labeled as young adult. Andrew is a young adult author. BUT, and correct me if I am wrong, I thought in order to be a young adult book it was required for at least one of the main characters to be between the ages of 14 and 21, you know the ages of real young adults? While this book did feature some characters that were in this age group, the main characters that were followed were strictly adults. That is not to say that young readers couldn't read and like this book but it is a lot easier to connect with characters that are close to your age group. I like surprises but this was one surprise I really could have done without! For the first 20 pages, I kept thinking "Okay, the teenager that we will be reading about will be introduced here. Alright, they weren't introduced on that page, maybe the next one...." and on and on until I finally realized that we would not be following a teenager.
The characters that we were introduced to were interesting. They were not as developed as the characters in a lot of books I have read and for this book is was both a good and bad thing. Since the book was written in third person and it was a fairly short book, we learned a little about each character. While this did make it okay for the short amount of pages, I wouldn't mind at all if it was a bit longer just so readers could learn a lot more about particular characters. We were introduced to little personality quirks among some of the more important characters, like how Martha LOVES coffee and Sue's passion is to cook, but that is about the extent of it. I would have loved to see more character growth especially with some of the main characters like Sue, the first clone, or Ted, the man in charge of containing the clones. We were able to see the very surface of what these characters were about but delving a little deeper would have made me a happy camper! The other clones learned a lot intellectually but I think it would have caused a lasting impression if I could really get inside at least one of the character's heads.
I read the author's bio at the end of the book and it mentioned that Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. Andrew definitely put his knowledge of science to use in this book which I totally loved! One semester of college science was enough for me but I really enjoyed the way that Andrew introduced the science aspect in this book. He took simple terms that many people, science degrees or not, could grasp. I don't want to say he dumbed it down by any means but he definitely took complex terms and ideas and then explained them in a way that a lot of readers could picture and understand.
The main conflicts that this story dealt with were iffy for me. First there is the fact that aliens are on our planet. The way that these aliens were dealt with was entertaining to say the least. Sending the clones off to a deserted military camp caused some interesting situations. However when the book reached its climax I was a bit disappointed. The whole time reading you are reminded that the aliens must be here for some specific reason and when I read what the reason was, I couldn't believe that it was all. I am not asking for world domination or for space flying monkeys, but just something a bit more epic than the real reason. It is very hard to explain without giving away spoilers but just note I was not overly impressed with the alien's purpose on earth.
Regardless, of the few qualms I had with this book I still found it a pretty enjoyable read. Any young people interested in science/alien stories will most likely find that they like this book too. Working with Andrew has been a pleasure and I appreciate that he allowed me to review Sue's Fingerprint!
I found the story to Sue's Fingerprint intriguing, but I did come away with a few qualms. While this is marketed toward a YA audience, there aren't actually any young adults in it! None of the main characters are within the YA age range, something I found kind of strange. This certainly does not mean that YA readers shouldn't read this! It's just, personally, I would have liked to see at least one main character within the age range. I think that the audience for this book may need to be reconsidered.
I would also have liked to see the characters fleshed out a bit more! This goes along with the lack of emotional depth mentioned before. There's a great story here, but it's lacking that human element that makes us, as readers, care about the outcome!
Overall, I would recommend Sue's Fingerprint to readers who are looking for an intelligent read. While it left me a bit dissatisfied with the characters, there is definitely a place in the Sci Fi genre for Sue's Fingerprint.
I would like to give a special thanks to Andrew for allowing me the opportunity to read and review his book!
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Sue's Fingerprint by Andrew D. Carlson is a young adult sci-fi novel.Read more