May 21, 2014
Title: Falls the Shadow
Author: Stephanie Gaither
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
When Cate Benson was twelve, her sister died.
Two hours after the funeral, they picked up Violet’s replacement, and it was like nothing had ever happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to grant their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth. So this new Violet has the same smile. The same laugh. That same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all the same memories as the girl she replaced.
She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.
Or at least, that’s what the paparazzi and crazy anti-cloning protesters want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that, though. She’s used to standing up for her sister too, and she’s determined to prove her innocence now—at whatever the cost. But the deeper she digs for the truth, the further Cate’s carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, unveiling a world filled with copies and lies, where nothing and no one—not even her sister— is completely what they seem.
In a pulse pounding debut, Stefanie Gaither takes readers on a nail-biting ride through a future that looks frighteningly similar to our own time and asks: how far are you willing to go to keep your family together?
Falls the Shadow was an interesting book premise. I really liked the idea behind, and it was definitely more of a thriller than what I normally read. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought the characters were fantastic.
I liked Cate from the very beginning, she was very relatable and I liked that she was protective of her sister despite everything her sister did. Her progression over this book was great, and I loved that she really grew as a person. I liked that even though her trust in Jaxon ended up being ill-advised at first that it really pulled them together.
I also really liked Violet the clone in this story. How she was able to hang on to her humanity despite what she was programmed to do was really heart-wrenching because she had to constantly fight against herself. Violet was definitely the best character in the book even though we only saw her from Cate’s perspective. She was the one with the most to gain if she just went along with what they planned, but it was wonderful that she struggled to maintain her humanity.
The ending of the book did feel too abrupt to me, especially after being so amazing for most of the book. I’m not sure if this is set up to be a series, but it would almost work better if it did. I still have so many unanswered questions about the world they live in, and how it will work now that people have fought back. There were just alot of holes left to be filled and questions to be answered. I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars because of that. Overall it was a great read, but I do hope we have some kind of follow up to address the loose ends.
3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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