May 8, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Beta by Rachel Cohn

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine,
and specifically spotlights upcoming
novels we can’t wait to read.

Our WoW for this week is…

In a world constructed to absolute perfection, imperfection is difficult to understand—and impossible to hide.

Elysia is a clone, 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 teenaged clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to be created.

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 there induces a strange, euphoric high that only the island’s workers—soulless clones like Elysia—are immune to.

At first, Elysia’s new life on this island paradise is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne’s human residents, the most privileged people in the world who should want for nothing, yearn. And, she comes to realize that beneath its flawless exterior, there is an undercurrent of discontent amongst Demesne’s worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care—so why are overpowering sensations clouding 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 Elysia’s one chance at happiness is ripped away from her 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.

Expected Release Date:  October 16, 2012

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

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  1. FABR Steph

    This sounds freakin’ incredible. Thanks for the introduction.

  2. I’m really excited about this one!!! It was my WOW last week! I love stories about clones! Plus rich people on an island getting high off the air?!! Way interesting!
    My WOW

  3. Tiffany

    I’m really excited for this one! It sounds really unique and I like the cover. Great pick :)

  4. Sharon

    I can’t wait to get hold of this book as well! A great pick.

    My WoW,

  5. This has been on my TBR for quite a while now. I can’t wait for October! :D

    Care to stop by my WoW? ;)

  6. Edward

    I can’t wait to read this book. Great pick! :D

    My WoW

  7. @TCAbn

    This sounds like it has the right mix of sci-fi and emotional content to be great! Awesome preview!

    My WoW

    @TCAbn The Motley Chronicles

  8. mary Ann Langan
  9. Alyssa

    A clone book! YES! Awesome choice. I think I’m going to add this to my TBR pile as well. :)

  10. Whoa, this sounds great! I’m also kind of in love with the cover.
    My WoW @ Captivated Reading

  11. Dani C.

    Great choice for this week. It does sound interesting and I will have to check it out!

    Thanks for sharing,
    My WoW:

  12. I was actually thinking to make this one my WOW too, but then saved it for a later date. :D I totally understand the excitement, it seems so great and the cover is beyond beautiful!

    Aleksandra @ Divine Secrets of a Little Bookworm

  13. Sonya@ sonythebooklover

    Good choice seen this one on a few WOWs back, thanks for sharing. Wanna see my pick click on link below.

  14. Bookish Brunette

    I have been looking forward to Beta for MONTHS! gah!

  15. Jesus another cover I like. +1 to my TBR list!


    Valery •The Book Of Owl’s Im a new blogger so please feel free of leaving any advice or recommendation!

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