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ISBN: 1423157192

Title: Beta

Author: Rachel Cohn

KDL Description:


“This teen book focuses on a Teenage clone who is a Beta and one of the first of her type.  As she is  adjusting to her new life and environment of the tropical island of Demesne that only the wealthy and global elite can afford to live on she quickly learns that not everything is perfect in paradise.  She begins to become self aware and wants freedom for herself and all the other clones on the island who are treated basically as slaves.  A great read for fans of Hunger Games.”—Craig at KDL’s Cascade Township branch

Amazon Description:

Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist.

Elysia’s purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island’s workers-soulless clones like Elysia-are immune to.

At first, Elysia’s life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne’s human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island’s flawless exterior, there is an under­current of discontent among Demesne’s worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care-so why are overpowering sensations cloud­ing Elysia’s mind?

If anyone discovers that Elysia isn’t the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happi­ness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she’s always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.

The first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series from best-selling author Rachel Cohn, Beta is a haunting, unforgettable story of courage and love in a cor­rupted world.
Praise for Beta:
“A terrific premise that is equally well executed…Readers can only hope [the sequel] will be as thrilling as this series kickoff.”
Los Angles Times