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Replacement (The Lost Clone #1)
Jordan Rivet. Jordan Rivet, $14.99 paper (312p) ISBN 979-8-8411-9647-1
Having been created by an unknown entity and subsequently abandoned in industrial, futuristic Grid City, 17-year-old human clone Jane worries that she’s the only one of her kind. She longs to meet others like her and spends her days taking classes to cultivate noteworthy talents that she hopes will help her find her purpose in life, but her insatiable curiosity and propensity for asking too many questions frequently get her in trouble. She is soon hired by corporate tycoon Henry Ironside to impersonate his son Isaac’s best friend Janie, who died mysteriously and who, unbeknownst to Isaac, was also a clone. The opportunity tests Jane’s grit, especially because this mission’s success could determine her entire future, but as she attempts to fit in at Isaac’s elite private school, the truth about Janie’s death comes to light, brewing fear that Jane might be next. Through an intriguing sci-fi lens, Rivet pensively forefronts contemporary concerns surrounding tech innovation, especially surveillance and privacy, job replacement, and widening income disparities. A fast-paced plot and genuine-feeling character relationships offer an immersive mystery complicated by dubious morals and intentionally unclear allegiances. Major characters cue as white. Ages 13–up. (Self-published)

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on 03/31/2023

Release date 10/01/2022