Clan by Realm Lovejoy
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
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.
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
Imagine everyone around you is exactly the same as you- a complete carbon copy.
Imagine a world where you have a number but no name, you are simply Clan 5679.
Imagine a world where you are told what you will “become”- you do not have a choice as to whether you will be a carpenter or a nurse.
This is exactly the world that Realm Lovejoy throws us into with her book Clan. Each individual is a carbon copy of their “Father” Father Krume. They are numbered and not named. Each class is a different role. Some individuals are lucky and have sponsors who train them to take over their roles when they “expire”. There are only males in this world, there is not a single female.
The book was a fun read, and really weird (but in a good way!). It sort of reminded me of Nazi Germany when they were trying to ensure that everyone was the same and were eliminating those who were not the same as them. Each of the Clans was to adhere to unity and all that it stood for, you were never to question and you definitely were not meant to stand out. Friendship and love do not exist.
I really enjoyed this book, especially its view of what a world of clones would be like and how it would function. I thought it was interesting that even though each of these individuals was cloned, they still had minds of their own and so some decided it was time to buck the system. The characters were a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed Twain who was mutated- I think he was the easiest one to relate to since he was different. I liked the fact that friendship and love were aspects of this story that continued to grow as the story was told.
This is one story I really got lost in. I can definitely not imagine a world without females (like males could EVER take care of themselves, especially if they get sick (sorry men!)) and a world where everyone looks exactly the same.
One hint I offer to those who are planning on reading this book- take notes. It gets confusing after a while about who is what number and nickname. Notes definitely helped me keep everyone straight.
I give this book: