Book Review · Science Fiction/ Dystopia · YA Fiction

Falls The Shadow by Stefanie Gaither: Book Review

FallsTheShadow_CVRfinal3When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement. Like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth—which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced.

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.

At least, that’s what the paparazzi and the anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that. She’s used to defending her sister, too. But Violet has vanished, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.


A few weeks ago I was on Goodreads, and I was looking through the YA Science Fiction and Dystopia tag when I saw this one. The cover of this looked insanely insanely cool. Don’t judge a book by its cover, blah blah blah. Whatever.

I was expecting this book to be filled with plot twists, action, and cool scary science shit. I was actually really let down. I feel that the summary hypes up the book more than it should be, to be honest. Anyway, there’s this company called Huxley. They clone human beings- with parental permission- so there can be a “backup copy,” just in case.The clone has your memories, your abilities; except that they’re stronger and more resistant Catelyn’s sister, Violet, dies of an illness, but her parents had a copy of her, her clone New Violet, at Huxley’s labs. It’s like Cate never lost her sister at all- until she does.

Violet runs away from home, the same time Samantha Voss- daughter of the head of the CCA (Clone Control Advocacy)- dies. Violet is the CCA’s first suspicion, naturally. Cate sets out to find New Violet, plagued with questions of whether or not she is responsible for Samantha’s death or not. Due to an immense amount of luck and fate, two boys from her school tag along with her. They too want to know what actually happened to Samantha. One of the boys, Jaxon, has a thing for Cate. And vice versa.

Don’t get me wrong; the topics discussed in this book were amazing. Controversy over scientific leaps, ethics and morals questioned, the relationships between siblings and parents. Those were all amazing topics. But I feel that the author didn’t string them together, weave them in a way that engages the reader. All of these super cool topics that make up a great story weren’t utilized in the best way.

I wont’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say it was weird, broken-ended, and cliche as hell. I don’t know if there’s a sequel to it, the ending doesn’t look like it needs one. If it actually does have a sequel, I would be surprised.

But despite all of this, I enjoyed reading it. It’s always cool being able to see a world that another person created. My criticism for this book is that it should have been more engaging and the topics more integrated.

3/5


Last review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Next book: Salvage, by Alexandra Duncan.

That’s it for now, until next time!! ✨

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