Clay : Halfskin

  • by Tony Bertauski
  • Narrated by David Dietz
  • Series: Halfskin
  • 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jamie wants to be a halfskin.
Her life has become dull and pointless. If she had more biomites, the synthetic stems cells that promise hope and healing, she could take control of her life. But Jamie's body is already 49.9% biomites. The rest is clay-her God-given organic cells. Anymore biomites and she becomes a halfskin. And halfskins are shutdown.
But there is a way.
Black market biomites, called nixes, can't be detected by the government. She'd have to sacrifice her clay, but nixes can make her halfskin without anyone knowing. But first, she has to find them.
Nix Richards can help. He's the first halfskin to escape the government and Jamie has something he wants. He'll need her to help him find a fabricator to build a human body. He'll betray anyone to get it, even those closest to him.
This psychological thriller will keep them second-guessing every move while they elude Marcus Anderson and the governing agency that seeks to rid the world of biomites. But in the end, they'll all discover just how deep the betrayal goes.

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Amazing story, fantastic writing, and great audio

This is my fourth from Tony Bertauski and yet again he is able to leave my jaw laying on the floor.

There is just something about the Sci Fi that he writes that makes me think that this cannot even be THAT far into the future. People are thinking about this! Bertauski is a zeitgeist, ahead of his time and thinking of things that will come to pass.

The scary thing about that is that this is dystopian. It’s horrific and I can see hundreds if not thousands of people wanting to go against Mother but I can also see those that would embrace and think this technology will save humanity.

I’m not even talking characters and plot yet and there is THAT much in here. So many interesting thoughts that I had to give myself time before I could write the review JUST to wrap my brain around all of this!

But, as in other books by Bertauski, the characters are there. The plot is definitely there. The narration jumps back and forth a bit but I was able to keep up with it for the most part. His books are like this and I think it is great because the reader gets to see all points of view, not just the main character. If we were stuck with Nix we would have no idea what really happened inside the warehouse at the beginning, and that was a phenomenal start to this story!

David W. Dietz does it yet again. I’m so glad they kept the same narrator. I was in love with his rendition of book one and loved it all the more in this one. There is just something about his intensity that adds to the dystopian feel. It adds that anxiety that the characters are supposed to feel. The audio was amazing and this might be one that I listen to again just because this is a deep story. I normally would switch to reading if I wanted to get more out of a story, but this one just lends itself to be heard.

Amazing story, fantastic writing, and great audio make me want more from Bertauski!

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Good sequel

What did you love best about Clay?

The writing and world/plot development.


What did you like best about this story?

The world building. Some of the concepts were amazing. Interesting plot twists.


What three words best describe David Dietz’s voice?

David Dietz's voice is engaging and pleasant. However, I was not a fan of his voices. The male ones blended with the narrator's, and the female ones sounded whiny.
Most of the male and female voices sounded alike and often times I could not tell who was talking.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long for that.


Any additional comments?

Overall, I enjoyed listening to Clay and recommend it.For a full review, please check my blog Ana's Lair.

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- Ana Silva

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2015
  • Publisher: tony bertauski