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Publisher's Summary

Clans are unity. No variation. No deviation.
On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy. A perfect society cloning themselves to survive, even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them on an unforgiving planet.
Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain) was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank. But he did. Illegally. He is different from the other Clans.
He has a secret that could destroy him.
©2007 Realm Lovejoy (P)2017 Realm Lovejoy
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"Highly enjoyable, thought-provoking sci-fi by an author with considerable talent and promise." (Kirkus Reviews)
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By MelHay on 02-28-17

Impressive spin use of clones and strong concepts

What about Jeff Hays’s performance did you like?

Jeff gets to perform with this book. We have a few different voices, but for the most part this book is about a clan of same people. This is a challenge for any narrator to perform a book with clones. Why? Because they are all going to have similar voices. However, they could easily have different personalities that come through tones and articulation when they are away from the collective. Jeff performs this with each clone here. We get the voice of the computer that sounds as though it's through computer speakers, giving it a slightly different feel. When we get several speaking at once saying the same words, Jeff creates that for us to hear.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There is a line early in the book, Chapter 2, that really struck me. It feels as though this is the theme of why the clones live as they do.
"We don't want to be like Earth," Father Krume said. "I have told you how their differences caused the humans many wars and strife."
This comment by the creator of these clones on Clades feels to be key, the thought that created this whole world.

Oh the implications of a perfect world where everyone's the same, and how one small difference can be detected and shunned. The thing is, even if you clone and all live in the same fashion, there are still small attributes that shine through. You get a feel of a few clones being slightly different in different aspects; one's stronger and his first interaction with Twain gives us a feel of a bully, another seems carefree and (maybe) loving, another is pointed out to be interested in himself.

This book felt as though it had points that I could really discuss in a discussion group. For instance, influences of clones all being similar and differences in a group, good or bad and why. That no matter how hard you try, there are traits that could show stronger in the same gene pool no matter how hard you try to make all the same.

I loved the strong feeling of creating a society of clones in Father Krume's manner. We get that feel then watch it slowly crumble to pieces. He thinks this is a perfect concept that's not perfect.

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*At my request, this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

There is more differences in the world than many know or see. But with Twain... there are hints to more secrets with Twain. Twigg knows more than he's let on. When we learn of one huge difference, all the hints of what Twain can or can't do and tiny differences make sense. I loved this big discovery moment. It's about the middle of the book, and feels like a huge reveal readying us for the next steps to come.

This book could easily have been boring, but Realm kept the story moving with curiosity. I was interested in Twain and his situation, then what he learned of others at classes for work. We learn about the world history and that there are differences in the clones as we go, keeping me curious. This is a story teens and adults could read/listen to. Learning the concept the world is suppose to function in, then seeing how it's changing, then the reason behind it all. The story was well written for bringing all the points out through the characters.

Our main character we live through is Twain, but we also get chapters through the eyes of Buster and Chad. The three have different views on the world that's suppose to be the same for all, but isn't. By the end of the story, I saw the clones as individuals people who deserved to live. It was quite a journey to get to know them and their reason for being.

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By Michael on 02-19-17

The Smallest Difference can make an Outcast

"This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review."

Overall I was very satisfied after listening to “Clan”, “Clan” had an interesting story and excellent performance. This book embodies the best in Science Fiction an idea explored with an interesting plot with great characters. I recommend this book to mature YA readers or adult readers, the book explores dark themes. (4.5/5)

The fantastic narration was performed by Jeff Hays. Each character had a differentiated voice, and I could instantly tell when one of the characters was speaking. This audiobook includes sound effects which were expertly interwoven into the story, much better than Delvers LLC (same narrator) where I found them to be inconsistent. I would be remiss if I did not mention that near the beginning of the narration there was an inconsistent echo, other than that I did not notice any audio anomalies. The narration was top notch, and I think the story benefited from it. (4.9/5) [Listening Speed 1.7x]

The author weaves a world which people strive to be the same “unified” but even then differences appear, the story in a sense is a celebration of the smallest differences. The story follows Clan 1672 who strives to be the same as the rest of the Clan, but the large differences make that difficult, those difficulties form the basis of the story. The story goes to some dark places on exploring what people do with outcasts from a group, and how small differences can cause large divides when everyone else is identical. In the end, this story is driven by an idea, but what makes it great is exploring that idea with a cast of great characters. (4.5/5)

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By Emily on 08-01-17


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I loved the premise of this book; in a world of clones, one (1672) finds himself different, hidden from society from which he wouldn't fit in.
While the audio narration is very good (Jeff Hays is amazing and should totally narrate a lot more audiobooks), I wasn't drawn into the characters. Once Twain (1672) meets up with the underground other Clans, there is unnecessary excessive profanity and I feel like it detracts from the novel.
While I really wanted to read this book from the blurb, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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By Norma Miles on 02-28-17

"But you, you could be anybody."

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A lone human man has become Father to a whole society. With no other humans on his planet, he has used his own body to clone copies of himself, growing babies in vats, all identical in appearance. And, necessarily, all male. The occasional mutation is destroyed. The members of this new society are known by a number, sewn onto the individual's clothing, and a verifiable inserted chip. Like "peas in a pod", each successive generation is trained to fit in, to never stand out as different, conforming to a unity within the highly structured organisation.
But one clone is visibly different from the others, a mutation who has been hidden by his sponsor since childhood but who yearns to leave his father's home and enter the world he sees outside of the window. 1672, also known as Twain, is about to enter a mostly hostile world at an especially dangerous time: they are about to be invaded by the infamous Frag virus.

As well as being an exciting action adventure, Clan has the classic science fiction quality of building a new world by which our own with it's faults and growing trends can be reflected back to us writ large, as in Brave New World, or 1984. The nature of personality, emotion and corruption is well covered, as is discrimination, but some good ideas, although introduced, are not followed through, such as that of how can someone really be identified when everyone looks identical? And also the very interesting possibilities. offered by the nature of Twain's differentness. Perhaps these are being saved for a future story.

Jeff Hays is an excellent narrator, with a very pleasant reading voice which imbues the written word with even greater tension and excitement and his protagonists are always very distinctive and fitting in character. The dramatisation is further enhanced by subtle (or occasionally explosive) sound effects - I especially enjoyed the very gentle echo on speech which is internal thought, thus differentiating it clearly from that spoken aloud. The whole is a pleasure to hear.

My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a copy of Clan, via Audiobook Boom. It has very interesting and thought provoking ideas bound together in an enjoyable story. Whilst not meeting it's full potential and being a bit ragged in parts, it is still one I would happily recommend, especially in this audio format.

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