Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.
Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face.
Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.
When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live as a clone?
Meet Ven, the main character in Imitation. She’s not human; she’s actually an Imitation, otherwise known as a clone. Hold up…what? Clones? I hadn’t read a good book about clones in a while, so I was really excited to read this book.
Ven’s entire life has been devoted to being the perfect clone. She constantly watches videos of Raven, her Authentic, to see what she’s like. After all, VEN never knows when she’s going to get her assignment and be used as a replacement for Raven. It could be a day from now, or it could be a year from now. There’s no way for her to know, until she gets the letter, which ultimately changes Ven’s life forever.
My heart broke for Ven when she received the letter. After all, she might not have had the best life living in Twig City with all of the other Imitations, but it was still her home where she had all of her friends. I can’t imagine being pulled away from my friends without ever knowing if I would see them again.
As the story progresses, Ven got more and more exposed to the real world. Even though life in Twig City was decent, Ven eventually realized just how much she was missing while living there. Things really escalated when she MET a handsome guard and startED to think about having a life of her own.
I loved the fact that Ven matures as the book progresses. She was always told that her only purpose in life was to be Raven’s replacement. Being as such, that’s all that she thought about for the beginning of the book. I was a bit afraid that Ven was going to act like a mindless drone, well actually clone in this case, but she surprised me. Just like most human beings, as Ven started to experience things, she came up with her own ideas. Ven seemed very relatable. After all, I know that as I have gotten older, my opinions on certain things have changed. That’s just life and human nature. And while Ven might not be human, she became more and more human-like as the story continued.
There definitely was some romance in the book, but it was not overwhelming. I also really liked the fact that there wasn’t any insta-love. I won’t tell you what happens, because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I will just say that the romance in this book was definitely a breath of fresh air.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t love it. For some reason, even though I really liked the plot and the characters, it seemed like there was something missing, like a WOW factor at the end of the book. Now don’t let this discourage you from reading it as I would still recommend the book.
I give this book 3.5stars/5.
1. Lots of YA authors are being criticized for using the cliche love triangle. Did this have any influence while you were writing?
Not even a little. Authors are always criticized for something. If I wrote for “the people” I would probably be a very bitter and unhappy person. I write for what’s best for my story and my characters. Some of my books have love triangles. Some don’t. It depends on my mood I guess.
2. Which character do you think that you most resemble?
Probably Ven because she’s “finding herself” which is something we all do, I think. But I also have a little bit of Taylor’s stuckupness in my worst moments. Sadly, it’s a truth. But I can admit it.
3. Ven seemed to love riding on the motorcycle. Do you have one/ have you ever been on one?
YES! Actually, Ven’s reaction to the motorcycle ride, especially the first one, is largely based on my journaling after my OWN 1st motorcycle ride! I was hooked from the start and now I own 3!
4. Will we ever find out what happened to the real Raven?
Oh yeah, that’s coming. Don’t you worry!! Deviation, book 2, will be out in December and you’ll get some more inside info on Raven’s fate 😉
5. What made you decide to go into writing?
I love making stuff up and liars don’t get paid well. So, I call it fiction and put a price tag on it. #winning
6. *Random Question Time!* What’s your favorite food?
Chips and salsa!! I am a “salty, not sweet” girl usually. So, tortilla chips, Mexican food, Corona with lime. Love!
7. With the way that you ended Imitation, I know that there’s more to share about Ven’s story. Have you decided whether this is going to be a two part series or a trilogy?
It’s a trilogy for sure. I know exactly where this train is headed and I can’t WAIT for you guys to know too!
8. If Imitations existed in real life, how different do you think that the world would be?
Who says they don’t?????
9. If Imitation was made into a movie, who would be your perfect cast?
Matt Lanter as Linc. IF he can ride a motorcycle. If not, I’m available for tutoring. Just putting that out there. And I love Taylor Momsen for Ven but maybe Dakota Fanning instead? I’m flexible 😉
10. Do you have any tips for budding writers? If so, what are they?
Read. Every day. Write. Every day.
About the Author:
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career
and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.
Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own Outrageous Life.
She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.com.
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