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Beta (Beta Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Beta has such an awesome concept. I was drawn into Elysia's w

Beta has such an awesome concept. I was drawn into Elysia's world and mind, wondering what would happen next, what she would feel that she wasn't supposed to and how her world would change.
I could connect with Elysia because she has the bursts of human emotion, ...
Beta has such an awesome concept. I was drawn into Elysia's world and mind, wondering what would happen next, what she would feel that she wasn't supposed to and how her world would change.
I could connect with Elysia because she has the bursts of human emotion, taste, and memories, and her thought patterns really don't seem like they are automated or anything. I know that she refers to the chip alot and trying to process slang or terms that are unfamiliar, but I think that adds to the charm. It was a new experience though being inside the head of a clone, because you can go along and forget until the expectations that are on her sneak up on you and throw a wrench into things. She isn't supposed to feel, to taste, or to remember things that she does, because she is a clone, and her "first" the teen that died, the soul "removed" and then programmed with computer chips to act in response to emotions, but be immune to the happy and relaxing effect the island has.
Rachel Cohn writes with such vivid imagery it feels like I was there, looking at the constructed paradise with a purple hue. I wish that I could breathe in some of that oxygen to see what it means to be on such an island, but then as I see the turmoil under the surface I wonder, would it be worth it even just for a visit.
The story is definitely layered, with Elysia's story, the dynamics between the Governer and "Mother" as well as Liesel and Ivan the brother and sister she's adopted to. And then I didn't know what to think when Tahir came on the scene, but I loved every minute of it. From
I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what twist would come next, and which character would surprise me in ways I never saw coming.
This is a fast paced, yet dark and chilling story about what it means to be human, the constraints of that humanity and what can happen when the world goes into chaos. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and can't wait to find out what happens next in Elysia's story.
Bottom Line: Beta breathes a breath of fresh air into the dystopia genre with this unique main character that I felt for and want so much more of.

posted by BlkosinerBookBlog on November 12, 2012

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Oh man I wanted this to be good. I loved the idea of robot clo

Oh man I wanted this to be good. I loved the idea of robot clones created from a human counterpart upon their death. It just sounds awesome. But sadly, I was extremely underwhelmed by this book.

I think my problem lies with Elysia. She's not an annoying character...
Oh man I wanted this to be good. I loved the idea of robot clones created from a human counterpart upon their death. It just sounds awesome. But sadly, I was extremely underwhelmed by this book.

I think my problem lies with Elysia. She's not an annoying character, but she isn't exciting either. She's just dull. She's created to be soulless and blindly follow all orders given to her. Sorry that I don't get all wound up because she likes the taste of chocolate when she shouldn't have any feeling about it at all. I felt like so much of her actions lack any heart and soul. Which really makes me wonder if she was rogue at all. I guess if she's was completely robotic, she wouldn't question every little around her. But sometimes her questions seem idiotic. I think she would have given herself away as rogue long before she did.

I never really latched on to the secondary characters as well. Elysia latches on to Tahir instantly, while it too me almost as long to figure out his secret. I found the family Elysia lives with to be shallow and a little appalling when it came to their treatment of their clones. They definitely don't seem them as people.

The only think that kept me reading is that I was curious how this island worked. Why would people want clones based off a human counterpart? Why are so many of them going rogue? What secrets is everyone hiding? While I did get some answers, I'm not sure I'm invested enough to read the next in the series.

posted by pagese on January 6, 2013

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

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    Beta has such an awesome concept. I was drawn into Elysia's w

    Beta has such an awesome concept. I was drawn into Elysia's world and mind, wondering what would happen next, what she would feel that she wasn't supposed to and how her world would change.
    I could connect with Elysia because she has the bursts of human emotion, taste, and memories, and her thought patterns really don't seem like they are automated or anything. I know that she refers to the chip alot and trying to process slang or terms that are unfamiliar, but I think that adds to the charm. It was a new experience though being inside the head of a clone, because you can go along and forget until the expectations that are on her sneak up on you and throw a wrench into things. She isn't supposed to feel, to taste, or to remember things that she does, because she is a clone, and her "first" the teen that died, the soul "removed" and then programmed with computer chips to act in response to emotions, but be immune to the happy and relaxing effect the island has.
    Rachel Cohn writes with such vivid imagery it feels like I was there, looking at the constructed paradise with a purple hue. I wish that I could breathe in some of that oxygen to see what it means to be on such an island, but then as I see the turmoil under the surface I wonder, would it be worth it even just for a visit.
    The story is definitely layered, with Elysia's story, the dynamics between the Governer and "Mother" as well as Liesel and Ivan the brother and sister she's adopted to. And then I didn't know what to think when Tahir came on the scene, but I loved every minute of it. From
    I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what twist would come next, and which character would surprise me in ways I never saw coming.
    This is a fast paced, yet dark and chilling story about what it means to be human, the constraints of that humanity and what can happen when the world goes into chaos. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and can't wait to find out what happens next in Elysia's story.
    Bottom Line: Beta breathes a breath of fresh air into the dystopia genre with this unique main character that I felt for and want so much more of.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    I just finished this book, quite addicting. This book reminds me

    I just finished this book, quite addicting. This book reminds me of the movie The Island, where clones are made to serve humans, wealthy ones, until they discover that something is not right. The book has romance and adventure. I really recommend this book! I hope there's a sequel!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Awesome read!

    I thought it was very unique, it wasn't like most stories where the clones want nothing more than to take over. It's like the humans made them to be alive, why can't they live and love? Rachel Cohn writes from the Beta clone's perspective; Elysia. Elysia changes from what the humans wanted her for; serving, to a real girl. Her First is coming out of her, do the humans really want that?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Wonderful!

    Loved this book, great questions brought up in the text. Lags a little at times but is still very good.

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  • Posted May 4, 2013

    Must read Dystopian future book. I can't wait for the next book

    Must read Dystopian future book. I can't wait for the next book; this is a fast pace well written book with twists and turns that are seamlessly integrated into the storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Gbooks

    This book was AMAZING. The whole concept and idea was creative and the ending left me wanting more

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    OH.MY.GOD

    Just finished this book and my mind has just exploded. I don't even know where to begin. O_O

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Awesome!

    I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next! Beta has a unique style that I really enjoy.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Looking for a GOOD YA novel!

    This is it! The writing is brilliant, simple, but pulls you in. No overly long explaining of the history/background, but there is enough that you're not scratching your head going "Huh?". I can't wait for the next book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 27, 2013

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