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Friday, March 2, 2018

Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Humanity has become extinct because of the slow plague. A few groups of clones that can't get ill have survived. There are nine of them, which means nine different faces, and they keep reproducing, so plenty of versions of the same person are walking around and they each get a number. They are connected and they feel each other's emotions. Every clone has an area of expertise and they all work in groups leading a peaceful existence. However, things aren't as perfect as they seem. The clones have created a human. Jack is the only one among a large group of clones and he disrupts their balance. Why have they done this?

Jack isn't well liked among the clones. Some of them are even openly hostile towards him. Very few show him an emotion that resembles love, but are the clones capable of such emotions? Althea-310, a version of one of the nine faces, doesn't feel like her sisters. They are a unit, but Althea-310 isn't an exact copy of the others, she isn't just a part of a whole, she has her own emotions and opinions, which is difficult in a world where others are strongly against that. Althea-310 wants to know more about Jack and enjoys spending time with him, she's the only Althea who wants to be near him and can't seem to stay away. What consequences does this have? When others find out about their bond they will no longer be safe, what risks are they running by spending time together?

Your One & Only is a fantastic original story. I was impressed by the world building and the clear and detailed descriptions of the main characters. Jack is human and that means his genes haven't been perfected. He's also unique in a place where there are only nine faces. Everyone looks the same, their age is different, but the clones are all versions of the nine originals. Blemishes have vanished, traits have been optimalized and certain forms of intelligence have progressed. The clones have also lost part of their humanity, there are certain things they can't do that humans can, which makes them incredibly fascinating. Althea-310 isn't entirely like her sisters, who are all interchangeable, she has some distinct characteristics that make her stand out and it was interesting to witness her journey towards independence. I was intrigued by her story straight away and read Your One & Only in one sitting.

Adrianne Finlay has a fabulous captivating writing style. She divides suspense in a great way, so each chapter is equally compelling. Her setting is creative and thoroughly described, which makes it come to life in a beautiful way. There's plenty of action in her story and there are many emotional layers that she peels off one by one. Love is such a universal feeling, but most clones seem to have lost this aspect entirely. Finding out what would happen when one would rediscover it, kept me on the edge of my seat. Your One & Only is a terrific story.

Advice

If you love creative Dystopia Your One & Only is an absolute must-read.

About Adrianne Finlay


Originally from Ithaca, New York, Adrianne Finlay now lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa with her husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and their two young daughters. She received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University, and is an associate professor of English at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.

She is also an avid soap maker, and sells handmade soap locally to raise money for type 1 diabetes research. https://semisweetsoaps.com/

Links

Website // Instagram // Goodreads // Twitter // Facebook

Giveaway


One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Your One & Only and 2 handmade book branded lip balms from Adrianne Finlay.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

26 comments:

  1. Your One & Only sounds like the kind of novel that really makes you think. What if this is what our future holds one day? I like books that really make me wonder, especially when the story is perfectly wrapped up with a backstory and pieces that all fit together.

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  2. I'm looking forward to this book! It sounds very good!

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  3. That cover is stunning, it really caught my eye.

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  4. Looks and sound great! Just my kind of read! :D

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  5. This sounds like such a unique and interesting read!

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  6. Wow, this sounds like an extremely interesting book to read, full of imagination. I'd love to read this.

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  7. Congratulations! Intriguing cover and synopsis!

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    1. Congrats on winning, Renee! And thanks for entering. Book and lip balms are on the way :)

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  8. Congrats the book sounds amazing. Thanks for your generosity.

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  9. I love the title!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  10. An interesting premise, clones can't resist creating a flawed human ... must read on!

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  11. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  12. Dystopia is becoming one of my favourite genres! Just added this one to my TBR :D

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  13. Sounds like a book with a great style. I love suspense.

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  14. This genre is so my fave, and I love the look of the book, fabulous!!

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  15. I don't thik I've read Dystopia book before. Would love to!

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  16. This sounds like a fascinating read.

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  17. Well done Adrienne for raising money for diabetes research, a great cause.

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  18. my favourite way to relax, a good book

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  19. would love to read this book

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  20. This looks like a book that would be very good to read. And I hope to read many more from you as well

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  21. This is such an unusual and interesting premise for a book, will definitely be reading this in the next year xxxx

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  22. i really enjoy the cover Adrianne
    jan

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