Synopsis from Fantastic Fiction
17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets… until they discovered a shocking family secret. They’re actually closer than sisters, they’re clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life…
Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she’s not a carbon copy of her sisters; she’s an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.
I think this just might be my favorite Cat Patrick book so far, I adored the characters, the thought provoking plot and of course I completely fell for the romance.
Told in first person narrative from the point of view of Lizzie, as you can see from the synopsis Lizzie is one of triplets but not exactly triplets they are clones. While I would have liked a little more information on the research side of things with regard to cloning the idea alone provided much food for thought.
Lizzie is independent, stubborn and a little rebellious. She doesn’t handle having to share her life very well. All aspects of the sisters lives are controlled and planned, they aren’t allowed to make decisions for themselves which does not sit well with Lizzie especially.
While the girls may be clones they are all very different, although they share physical traits their personalities are nothing alike as you would expect from siblings. However, they have never been given the chance to explore their individuality, only small concessions to their can be made; such as the way they were their hair for the day, but this again leads to the other girls having to do their hair in the same way. You can feel their frustration leaking from the page. Despite their differences and similarities the close bond between the three girls stands out within the story, to the point of being a little freaky on occasions.
Lizzie’s voice is very distinctive and the direct address to the reader within the narrative added a sense of intimacy to the story. It felt as if Lizzie and I were already friends and I, in some way, was her accomplice. Cat Patrick managed to create such a realistic, believable character in Lizzie that you can’t help becoming attached to her.
The Originals weaves high drama, romantic tension and conspiracies into an extremely compelling plot. The themes of growing up, gaining self confidence and independence form the basis of the story. The romance and a very swoon-worthy Sean are the icing on the cake for this book. While the idea of human cloning provided food for thought, an almost philosophical internal debate waged while reading taking into consideration elements of nature versus nurture and the way in which scientist can bee seen as ‘playing god’.
The Originals is high on my recommendation list, so what are you waiting for go read it