Release date – 1st January 2019
Genre – young adult, sci-fi
Publisher – Sourcebooks Fire
My rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
There are few things worse for a reader than when you start a book and love it, but then gradually start to lose interest in the story and the characters.
Unfortunately, that’s what happened to me while reading The Similars. I totally thought I was onto a winner when I read the first few chapters, but I started to lose interest as I got further into the book. It ends with a cliffhanger, and honestly? I don’t care. Usually cliffhangers ruin my life, but this one didn’t make me feel anything.
What It’s About
While the rest of her fellow Darkwood students are left reeling after the the school’s acceptance of six clones, Emma doesn’t really care. She doesn’t care that a clone of six different Darkwood students exists, and she doesn’t care why; not when her very best friend Oliver killed himself over the summer.
She doesn’t see what the big deal is – until she meets Oliver’s clone, Levi, and she needs to see her dead best friend’s face day in, day out, all while knowing that Levi isn’t actually her best friend.
Despite swearing that she wants nothing to do with Levi, Emma soon finds herself drawn into his circle, determined to discover the secrets of him and the rest of the clones.
I can’t really go into depth about the characters, because there wasn’t really very much depth to them. They were okay, don’t get me wrong, but they had none of their unique flare; they were just totally average.
There’s also a villain, complete with slightly cringey and typical villain-ish comments.
The writing itself was pretty decent, I think; the characters and the actual story were what let the book down. I liked Rebecca’s writing style and her settings, so I would definitely be open to reading any future books she writes – maybe just not in this series.
*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*