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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Half Life by Lillian Clark
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on June 9, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction
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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2022)
An overachiever enrolls in an experimental clone study to prove that two (of her own) heads are better than one in this fast-paced, near-future adventure that's Black Mirror meets Becky Albertalli.
There aren't enough hours in the day for Lucille--perfectionist, overachiever--to do everything she has to do, and there certainly aren't enough hours to hang out with friends, fall in love, get in trouble--all the teenage things she knows she should want to be doing instead of preparing for a flawless future. So when she sees an ad for Life2: Do more. Be more, she's intrigued.
The company is looking for beta testers to enroll in an experimental clone program, and in the aftermath of a series of disappointments, Lucille is feeling reckless enough to jump in. At first, it's perfect: her clone, Lucy, is exactly what she needed to make her life manageable and have time for a social life. But it doesn't take long for Lucy to become more Lucy and less Lucille, and Lucille is forced to stop looking at Lucy as a reflection and start seeing her as a window--a glimpse at someone else living her own life, but better. Lucy does what she really wants to, not what she thinks she should want to, and Lucille is left wondering how much she was even a part of the perfect life she'd constructed for herself. Lucille wanted Lucy to help her relationships with everyone else, but how can she do that without first rectifying her relationship with herself?
As soon as I heard about Half Life by Lillian Clark, I knew that I had to read it. I mean, a book pitched as “Black Mirror meets Becky Albertalli“? SIGN ME UP.
I honestly really enjoyed this book. When I first started reading, it felt a bit like a contemporary. I almost forgot that it wasn’t supposed to be! In the beginning, we are introduced to Lucille, and then things start to go crazy once she gets an offer from a company called Life2 and ends up getting a clone named Lucy. This is when the book really starts to pick up and gets super interesting!
The plot of this book was so original. I really haven’t read many clone books, but I think this one was very nicely done. I found the whole cloning idea to be really intriguing, and it really caused Lucille to think about what she wanted. I definitely picked up on the Black Mirror similarities too, so if you’re a fan of that show, you should definitely give this book a try.
The only reason I’m giving Half Life by Lillian Clark 4 stars is that the beginning was a bit slow but other than that, I loved it! I definitely suggest picking up a copy at your local library or bookstore.
About the Author
Lillian Clark, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, grew up riding horses, climbing trees, and going on grand imaginary adventures in the small-town West. She’s worked as a lifeguard, a camp counselor, and a Zamboni driver, but found her eternal love working as a bookseller at an independent bookstore. Now living in Teton Valley, Idaho with her husband, son, and two giant dogs, she spends her time reading almost anything and writing books for teens.