Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Publisher/Year: Alloy Entertainment 10/13/15
Length: 269 pages
Series: The Clone Chronicles #3
After months of pretending to be Raven Rogen, Ven feels less like a clone and more like a human than ever. But when Raven’s father, Titus—the same man who engineered Ven—discovers her plan to escape, everything she’s worked so hard for is taken away in one explosive moment.
Now she’s imprisoned in Twig City, the secret warehouse where she grew up. She spends her days plotting ways to get back to the outside world, determined to topple Titus’s empire and free every last Imitation. But Titus’s reach is extensive and his plans are more deadly than she realized.
In the shocking conclusion to the Imitation series, one wrong move could mean the end for Ven and everyone she’s come to love.
Well it’s been a little while since i was in this series but i have to say that it was really easy to get right back into things where we left off. The way that Ms Hildenbrand writes the story – it flows and you are reminded very fast what had just happened at the end of book 2.
If you recall, Ven, Linc and some of the others were trying to free or save the Imitations and just when they thought they were making progress, Titus blows up the warehouse and it’s now a wonder who’s left alive and what’s going to happen to Ven now that she’s been captured. We start this book in theory about 6 months in the future, when Ven is woken up from stasis in Twig City – where Titus has holding her hostage in a sense. She’s woken up to find herself them in a room with another imitation of Raven AND the true raven herself.
As the story continues, we’re reunited with Melanie who’s managed to get a job on the inside in the hopes of finding Ven, and she’s able to calm Ven down a bit in the sense that she knows that Linc’s alive and that he’s worried about her. She’s also told that they have been spending the last months not just looking for her but in trying to find a way to save all the imitations and hopefully free everyone inside Twig City.
That’s really the focal point of this final installment. We know that there needs to be a plan of attack – that the end goal is not only to overthrow Titus but to kill him since it seems like that’s the only thing that will work. Our group has tried to get at him without killing him since that’s not their thing but Titus is always one step ahead and that’s never a good thing .
Throughout this installment we see relationships grow, we see worlds intercept one another with imitations and authentics meeting, with Ven’s family from the inside meeting her family on the outside and sadly, not all of our favorite characters make it to the end. We also see lots of planning to get the imitations free – to get them new identities so they can live without fear, and it’s during this that we see a lot of other relationships grow and form.
While there’s never any uncertainty of Linc and Ven’s relationship throughout this story, you have to wonder if they are both going to survive – knowing that Titus is out to get Ven and will have to discover that Linc’s working with them somehow. I feel like we’re hoping for the happy ending but who knows if that’s possible.
I think the way that everything plays out is a nice story line. We see that there’s a lot of internal debate going on that makes you wonder what you’re capable of if you’re backed into a corner, and you then wonder if your true self is actually that or if you can be conformed. (i.e. real Raven). But all in all, we get the closure and the resolution that the story needed even if it wasn’t in the expected path. With that being said – thank you folks at Netgalley for getting me an early copy of this book and i hope that you guys enjoy. Happy Sunday!