This week my WoW is....
Beta by Rachel Cohn
Release Date: October 16th, 2012
Rachel Cohn is going to be at Austin Teen Book Festival this weekend, and I'm bummed that this book isn't released before that. I haven't read anything else by her, but I am really looking forward to reading this one!
Here is the summary from Goodreads: Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist. Elysia's purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island's workers--soulless clones like Elysia--are immune to. At first, Elysia's life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne's human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island's flawless exterior, there is an under-current of discontent among Demesne's worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care--so why are overpowering sensations cloud-ing Elysia's mind? If anyone discovers that Elysia isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happi-ness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she's always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.Sounds interesting, right? I'm kind of in a place right now where all I want to read are books like this, where people are developed with a specific purpose, like some sort of freaky science experiment. Does that make me strange? Also, I think someone hid my scissors..... Just Kidding!
What are y'all waiting on this awesome Wednesday?