Adaline

Adaline

by Denise Kawaii

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BN ID: 2940161561034
Publisher: Denise Kawaii
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Series: Adaline , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 18,226
File size: 397 KB

About the Author

Denise Kawaii is a regular, boring mom, with a wild imagination. She enjoys churning her own butter, turning compost, and generally avoiding office work of any kind. When not writing about robots, murder or her own life, she's outside basking in the liquid sunshine of the Pacific Northwest.

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Adaline 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Dystopian fiction has become so popular that it's easy to imagine that all the good ideas have been taken. Thankfully, this book gives lie to that theory. Remarkably fresh in both content and style.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ellen Odza for Readers' Favorite Boy 1124562 is one of hundreds and hundreds of Boys that follow the same routine day after day, always wanting to be Good Boys and obey the cold steel Nurses. Life is dull and uniformity is the goal – to be a Good Boy you must not be different; you must follow the rules, you must not question the way things are. For there is nothing else and there could never be anything else. Anomalous behavior is swiftly punished and boys quickly learn to behave. But Boy 1124562, or 62 as he is known, is not the same as his many, many identical brothers. He dreams. And dreaming is not permitted. If his dreaming is discovered, he may be taken away to be disciplined or fixed. And most of those who are taken away never come back. In Adaline, Denise Kawaii has created a tense and frightening utopia where sameness and subservience are rewarded and anomalies are quickly excised.  We view this world through the eyes of 62, a boy who is different and who struggles to understand and accept his differences. We see his relationship with 71, his teacher, and his friendship with another boy, 99, who may also be experiencing his own anomalies. The book begins with no explanation of how this culture developed and we learn about the history along with 62.  And we discover what happens when one boy deviates from the set routine in a fixed and sterile culture. This book completely sucked me in; I devoured it from start to finish and cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Cat2002116 More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review). (This review may contain spoilers). This might be the only cloning story I've read (or seen) that has only one gender involved. I felt that was one of the more interesting things about the world within this book. I liked the fact that I followed 62's progress and got to know the world around him as he grew and learned. It was really cool to see how his dreams worked, but I did feel there was less imagination involved than there could have been. In some ways, it seemed that a lot of 62's development was triggered by 71 continually through the course of the book, apart from right at the end. It was really interesting to see 62's interactions with the other Boys around him. I would have liked to see more of the Men and how different in personality they were. I really only got to see three of them properly. The Machines controlling/looking after the Boys and Men were interesting, but I would have liked to know a bit more about Adaline and its history. The details I did learn seemed to be more of a mythos, rather than a true history. I felt the society and culture of the clones were shown really well and it was good to see that 62 was eventually able to learn and develop, even if it did seem to happen a huge amount at the end. I was, however, quite confused by the doctor. In his first appearance, he seemed to know more than his later appearances suggested. I would have liked to see more of 99. I liked his and 62's friendship outside of them being technically brothers. The book was mostly well-written, though I did spot a few errors while reading. There were some humorous moments that did make me smile. It would be good to read a sequel to this book in the future, because although it did have a proper ending, I felt there was a lot more of the story that could have been told.