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Sue's Fingerprint Paperback – March 31, 2011
About the Author
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.
3 out of 5
Sue's Fingerprint by Andrew D. Carlson is a young adult sci-fi novel. I am usually not too interested by that combination but Sue's Fingerprints was an enjoyable read. The story follows the journey of numerous characters and how their lives are affected by this mysterious, alien goo. What can the goo do? It clones those who touch it.
It's not very often that we have a YA book that doesn't involve vampires, werewolves (something supernatural and overtly sexual) or unrealistic highschool dramas (popular girl fiascos). This was a very different YA book and that is one of the reasons why I liked it. The book didn't try to conform to the current YA "trend" but instead it stood on it's own two feet, proudly.
In some ways I wished the book wasn't YA, I would have enjoyed reading how the book developed within the cloning theme (which is something I'm fascinated in) as an adult book. The book would have shifted from good to great with that extra depth behind this mysterious goo and the whimsical character created.
I loved how concise, clear and short the chapters were. It kept the book moving at an enjoyable pace. Humor was sprinkled across the chapters appropriately which I liked. The book made sure you didn't get lost within the goo-investigation by having the characters clarify themselves and what they knew about the goo. Although this is great, particularly for children, it sometimes felt repetitive but I preferred Carlson's "safe" approach rather than being lost in the plot. The ending was also very clean, all the knots had been tied and there was a sense of compete resolution. For some people, that's perfect. Personally, I prefer open endings but for children (Tweens) this is probably a wiser choice.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It wouldn't be a book I would pick off the shelves but I am glad I got the opportunity to read it. It was fresh, I loved the character Sue and viewing the world through her eyes. The concept was great and subsequently, Carlson has activated the `read-clone-novels' switch within me.
- Ermisenda Alvarez
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!