Billy and the Cloneasaurus | Review

Monday, October 6, 2014



Title: Billy and the Cloneasaurus
Author: Stephen Kozeniewski
Release Date: June 29th, 2014
Genre: Dystopian
Age Group: YA or Older
Source: Author
Rating: 3.5 stars

“Six billion identical clones make up the entire population of Earth, and William 790-6 (57th Iteration) is exactly like everybody else. In his one year of life he will toil in suburban mediocrity and spend as much cash as possible in order to please his corporate masters. When 790’s first birthday (and scheduled execution) finally rolls around, a freak accident spares his life.

Living past his expiration date changes 790 profoundly. Unlike other clones he becomes capable of questioning the futility of his own existence. Seeking answers in the wilderness, he discovers a windmill with some very strange occupants, including a freakish, dinosaur-like monstrosity. Which is especially strange since every animal on earth is supposed to be extinct…”
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*Author provided a copy for an honest review.*

Billy and the Cloneasaurus isn't the type of book I normally read. I'm really not a big dystopian fan. But the book sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try.

As the blurb implies, we basically have several versions of the same individual running around. While they are genetically identically, each new clone then goes on to replace its predecessor's life completely. Same house, same car, same routine, same everything. They're "decanted," briefed at orientation, and dropped into the role their number dictates.

I really thought that was interesting in a nature vs nurture sort of way. If every single person in the world is genetically the same, how much of their personalities are dictated by genes versus how much of it was influenced by their surroundings? In this case, how much did their assign roles affect their growth?

What could have easily turned bland pretty quickly, turned out to be rather interesting. Stephen Kozeniewski did a wonderful job making the clones the same, yet he highlighted different aspects of the Williams' personalities for different clones. I could see how our hero was different from his drinking buddy, and how they were both different from the gate guard.

As the story progressed and we got to learn more about those in charge, I really loved all the tension and questions those facts raised. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies.

Billy and the Cloneasaurus is a well written novel. Right from the first sentence, I loved the humor undercurrent that melds with the serious questions the plot raises. The more we learn about the world with Billy, the more you find yourself questioning the values of our own world.

By the time you reach the last page, you've laughed, you've questioned, and you've felt horror at the events that unfolded throughout this book. If you are looking for a cute, quick read with an imbedded lesson in the pages, give Billy and the Cloneasaurus a try.

"Sure, or course, every William and his 3649 brothers in the city knew that when their birthday came, a new copy would be decanted and take over everything he had. Knowing that intellectually and seeing it in action were two very different things." (pg10)

"You want to know answers but you're frightened to hear them. Terrified of the truth. But I'll tell you something, 790, the truth is never that far from any of our minds. We all know deep down what's real." (Wilson - pg 83)

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to review my book, Dreams!

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    1. You are very welcome. Thank you for the opportunity to read it.

      And thank you for stopping by!

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  2. It sounds humorous, but I just cannot see myself picking up this book
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. It was cute but I can see how it might not be for everyone.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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