The Clone Codes by Patricia McKissack

May 19, 2011 1 flame 0

Author: Patricia McKissack
Source: Publisher
*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780439929844
ISBN-13: 978-0439929844


In the year 2170 an underground abolitionist movement fights for the freedom of cyborgs and clones, who are treated no better than slaves.

The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than one hundred years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. In the year 2170, despite technological and political advances, cyborgs and clones are treated no better than slaves, and an underground abolitionist movement is fighting for freedom. Thirteen-year-old Leanna’s entire life is thrown into chaos when The World Federation of Nations discovers her mom is part of the radical Liberty Bell Movement.

As family secrets are revealed, Leanna must face startling truths about self-identity and freedom. Through time travel, advanced technologies, and artificial intelligence, this exhilarating adventure asks what it means to be human and explores the sacrifices an entire society will make to find out. 


This book had so much potential in being better.  I think one of the main reasons it didn’t do better was the fact that it was too short for the story the author was trying to create.

In the year 2170, cyborgs and clones exist.  In the new world, they are treated like slaves and have little rights in things.  This alone was interesting to me and I was excited to read about the future world of fantasy involving clones and cyborgs.  Yet, as I was reading the book, the author never grabbed my attention with the characters.  I couldn’t connect with them enough to enjoy them.  The writing was choppy in places and I felt like it couldn’t decide where the story was headed. The pacing was off in some parts of the book as well.  At first it would be slow and not very interesting and then we would have action and excitement that would only last a few moments.  It didn’t balance well at all.

I understand this book is geared for the younger teens, so maybe it just wasn’t calling to me like it would to them.  If you have a younger teen, then they might like it better than the older teens and adults.


I did not like this book at all! 1 STAR

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