Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.
Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.
When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?
Bubby: We have read and reviewed a book (Dirty Blood) by Heather Hildenbrand before – way back in 2012 it was – and while I enjoyed that series, Imitation was a whole ‘nother level of good. The whole concept of what almost amounts to a race of people who are bred specifically to either replace a human or to provide replacement “parts” is so interesting and so creepy at the same time. In “Twig City” where the replacements are bred, born and housed until needed, the imitations are told over and over again that they are NOT HUMANS. They are not as smart, not as valuable and oh, by the way, that they have no soul. And yet, the relationships forged in Twig City are every bit as real as those of the “real” humans – and the emotions the imitations feel are just as strong. I was angry through the whole book at the hubris of the people who created Twig City and the imitation program. The very thought of it still makes my blood boil!
Sissy: I liked the fact that in reading this book you have to think deeply about what constitutes humanity, and of course you are cheering on the clones and the underdogs while reading. But I had a few issues with this story. First of all, I wondered about the real Raven. We never meet her in this book and she is totally demonized as a shallow, useless, slutty rich girl. I would have liked to encounter her and find out if she had any redeeming thoughts, actions, or feelings. After all, she was raised by a complete monster of a father. The other thing that bothered me was the fact that Ven acts so un-Raven-like–as if all her training missed the parts about how Raven would act socially. Maybe Ven simply was actually so human and so full of character that she could not do what Raven did, no matter the genetic manipulation. And lastly, it was difficult to know who to trust amongst the cast of characters. Maybe that was purposefully done to keep the whole thing full of drama and anticipation.
Bubby: We don’t meet the real Raven but we get to see some video of her, which totally reinforces Sissy’s description of her. Plus, all her friends are nasty little pieces of work themselves. I can’t imagine living a life where all you are striving for is to be sexier, more powerful and more popular than the next person. What a miserable existence! I also couldn’t live in a world like that of Twig City, where if you want that piece of bacon or link of sausage with your breakfast, you first have to commit to an extra 30 minutes of exercise. Dangit, when I want a piece of bacon, I get a piece of bacon! The end!
Sissy: Well, aint nothin’ more sexy and powerful than nice girls like us, Bubby, what? I agree–the whole dystopian society gig is no bueno. But let’s talk about Linc for a moment. Um-hmm. He seems like a fine hunk of burning heroism. Why does he fall for Ven (and vice versa) so fast? Dunno, but I like him. Back to Raven, though–I would like to meet her in book two, and wouldn’t it be great if she has some redeeming qualities and wants to be allies with Ven? That would be a fine story arc, in my opinion,note to Ms Hildebrand.
Bubby: That would be interesting, Sissy. We’ll have to just wait and see what happens, I guess. Sissy: Bubby is really a clone.
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